Optimising Australia's skilled permanent migration system

Optimising Australia's skilled permanent migration system

Aug 20
CEDA Senior Economist, Gabriela D’Souza unpacks our latest report: ‘A Good Match: Optimising Australia’s permanent skilled migration’.
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Gabriela D'Souza, Senior Economist, CEDA
Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny, Law, Murdoch University

Event Overview

As the economy recovers from the shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s skilled migration system cannot stand still. Border reopening will see migration growth begin to turn positive again. Australia must seize the opportunity to recalibrate the skilled migration system, to support the needs of growing industries, while also retaining community confidence.
Key challenges outlined through the government’s parliamentary committee include:
  • The composition of the program and how to get this balance right once we reopen
  • How to ensure that we’re selecting for the right skills for the economy
  • How to make Australia a desirable place to migrate to (noting the international competition for talent)
  • How to return migration to close to normal levels in the near future
Hear from Senior Economist, Gabriela D’Souza at this special Trustee Roundtable in Perth as she unpacks CEDA’s recent reports on migration. 

Gabriela will be joined by Associate Professor of Law, Mary Anne Kenny, Murdoch University to discuss the findings of the reports and how CEDA’s recommendations can be practically implemented to address both current and future needs.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.


Meet the speakers

Gabriela D'Souza
Senior Economist, CEDA

Gabriela D’Souza joined CEDA as Senior Economist in 2018 with eight years of experience in public policy. She has worked at some of Australia's most well-known and respected public policy think tanks and economics research centres. She has conducted research on a wide range of public policy issues including education, immigration, multidimensional disadvantage, and area-based measures of exclusion. Gabriela has a master’s degree in economics from Monash University and is an affiliate of Monash University’s Department of Business Statistics and Econometrics.

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny
Law, Murdoch University

Mary Anne is Associate Professor in the Discipline of Law within the College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Science. She is also the Programme Manager of the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice. Having been a legal practitioner and migration agent for over 25 years, Mary Anne’s research interests are refugees, immigration, human rights and law reform. She has taught in these areas and maintains an active involvement in legal practice. Her impact study of migration and refugee law and policy was rated by the ARC as having high socioeconomic impact. In 2018 she received both a national Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, as part of the Australian Award for University Teaching and the Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Enhanced Learning. Mary Anne was the Chair of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia between 2014-2016 and a member of the Law Reform Commission from 2012-2016. As a legal practitioner she continues to provide pro bono advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.

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