Government announces 35,000 increase to migration cap ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil, speaking to the summit, announced the cap would increase to 195,000 this financial year.
โ€œWhat it means is thousands more workers, thousands more nurses coming into the country, thousands more engineers so desperately needed coming into the country in this financial year,โ€ Ms Oโ€™Neil said at the Jobs and Skills Summit on Friday.

โ€œWeโ€™ve got this big backlog when it comes to visas and a lot of business, a lot of employers, would love to employ some of the people caught up in that system โ€“ so if we can move quickly on that front, we will,โ€ Dr Chalmers said on Friday.

He also said housing shortages would be a key consideration in any decision to lift the migration gap.

โ€œWe think that there is a case to responsibly and cautiously lift the skilled migration cap but not in isolation from housing and not as a substitution for training or getting more people participating in the workforce,โ€ he said.