Business community applauds flexible visa scheme

The Business Council of Australia has congratulated the Federal Government for listening to the business community and introducing a flexible visa pilot scheme that will help businesses to grow the economy.

“Skilled migrants are good for business and good for our wider economy. The Business Council and its members have advocated for a temporary visa scheme which gives Australian businesses the flexibility they need to keep growing and investing in Australia,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

“The government’s scheme will give businesses the ability to expand into new markets, fill skills shortages and adapt to change. Skilled migrants contribute to a more productive and innovative economy, helping create the conditions for higher wages and growing the economy for all Australians.

“Small business will also benefit from increased economic activity, while consumers benefit from better products and cheaper prices.”

Ms Westacott said the concession the pilot global talent scheme provided in relation to the term of the visa, migrant age and the pathway to permanent residency were critical for attracting the world’s best and brightest to Australia.

“Our members prefer to employ Australian workers but this pilot will provide companies with the flexibility they need to continue growing and evolving where there is a genuine need for specialised skills,” Ms Westacott said.

“It helps Australian businesses create more jobs for Australians because the scheme helps them compete globally. It also gives Australian workers the opportunity to collaborate with highly skilled migrants and share, develop and learn these specialised skills.”