The Australian government made a few changes in the annual intake of immigrants and now 2000 additional skilled overseas workers were asked to serve in regional Australia each year.
Additionally, 23,000 places have been allotted for the regional visas. With this development more migrants are allowed to settle as well as work in regional areas. Also the government increased the regional places keeping the total at 25,000 subsequent to the growth in regional visas given during the initial quarter of 2019-20. These changes will take effect on Nov 16th 2019 , in another associated development Gold Coast and Perth were not classified as main cities, so that many more skilled immigrants can settle/work in these areas.
Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne saw 70 per cent of population growth and as a result there was huge congestion as well as pressure on major services in these cities.
PM Morrison said that Australians told him that the population growth was enough, and the roads were congested besides the buses being full.
Far Reaching Changes
Furthermore, after the changes, a few designated areas will get priority processing, and also the global university graduates will be eligible for applying to get more time in the country on the post-study work visa.
The contribution of the international education sector to the economy was $35 billion during the last year. Only 3 percent among the 690,000 global students enrolled to study in regional Australia. Studies show that the global students of regional Australia speak of a high living and learning experience in comparison to students located in the metropolitan centers.
The government has an intention where regional areas need sharing the business, job, and cultural opportunities associated with global student population. It is also using the services of Regional Outreach Officers for promoting initiatives in skilled migration and is also providing a dedicated support to several employers based in regional areas. Through this they can take advantage of the options in skilled visas.
The Road Ahead
The federal government is planning a reduction in the migration intake by 30,000.
In November 2018 approvals regional visa had decreased to a record low level in the last ten years. With the opening of a new Population Centre, it has the task to come up, with an accurate forecast of population, after many previous projections, showed an underestimation. In 2002, the Statisticians had predicted increase of population by 2.5 million, but the actual growth was by 5 million.
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