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Parliamentary report warns of 'persistent skill shortages' as half a million migrants leave Australia

Exploitation, wage theft rife for temporary visa holders, report says Source: Kagenm/Getty

The report is pushing for changes to Australia's skilled migration program to overcome the challenge of major labour shortages caused by the pandemic.

Highlights

  • Half a million migrants have left Australia since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the nation early last year, many of whom were skilled workers, according to a new parliamentary report.
  • Net overseas migration continues to be in negative territory with a further 77,000 people expected to leave Australia in the 2021-22 financial year, Committee Chair and Liberal MP Julian Leeser wrote in the report. 
  • Among the report’s recommendations call for the government to make it easier for skilled migrants to get permanent residency.

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