Productivity Commission Australia recommends several changes to the Skilled Migration Program

Posted on October 17, 2016

Productivity commission of Australia has submitted a report the Australian Government recommending several changes to the Skilled Migration Program. The report was released by the name of Migrate Intake into Australia and recommends various solutions to change the intake process of the Skilled Migration Program. With the approval of this report, the Skilled Migration Program may experience notable changes in its intake process, sources say.

The Migrate Intake into Australia report suggested the following changes:

  • Reduce the age limit of 50 years for permanent residency and give high priority to younger immigrants under the points-based system
  • The Skilled Occupations List should be used as a primary element for determining skill requirements of various streams of PR program
  • Applicant applying without any dependent should be given maximum level of additional points
  • Primary applicant should be given additional points considering secondary applicant’s skills and other traits
  • Spouse and adult children must be assessed on their language ability, professional skills, qualification, age along with the prevailing method of assessment
  • The points-based system for all applications received under the Permanent Skilled Migrant category must be streamlined

As of the news, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection of Australia has received their recommendations and said that it is currently reviewing the recommendations and will revert with the best decision.