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Review of the points test (discussion paper)

The Law Council supports many of the Government’s goals and reform options for the migration system stated in the Department of Home Affairs’ Discussion Paper Review of the points test.1 We recognise that the test has not been significantly revised since 2012,2 and that 12 years later there are a number of features of the test which, with the benefit of recent experience, could be improved.

The Law Council also recognises that there are significant skills shortages across the majority of sectors in the Australian economy.3 The historically-low unemployment rate and ageing population present further pressing challenges for employers and Government, that need to be taken into account in reforming the skilled migration program.

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1 DHA, Review of the points test – Discussion Paper (April 2024): <https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/reports-and-publications/submissions-and-discussion-papers/review-of-the-points-test-discussion-paper>.
2 Ibid, 5.
3 See e.g. Minister of the Employment and Workplace Relations Portfolio, Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, address to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) (13 December 2022): <https://ministers.dewr.gov.au/oconnor/address-ceda>.

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