Submissions open for Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017, and the Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Bill 2017

On 16 November 2017 the Senate referred an inquiry into the provisions of the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017, and the Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Bill 2017 to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry. The closing date for submissions is 15 December 2017.

The Australian Government announced a new Skilling Australians Fund (the Fund) in the 2017-18 Federal Budget to provide support for the Vocational Education and Training sector. Effectively replacing the Skills Reform National Partnership, the Fund and its associated National Partnership Agreement currently under development, will provide an estimated $1.5 billion nationally over four years, commencing in 2017-18, with funds to be prioritised for apprenticeships/traineeships. A co-contribution will also be required from state and territory governments to access the Fund.

The funding available to states and territories is based on revenue paid into the Fund from a national levy. The levy will be paid by employers that sponsor migrants under the new temporary skill shortage visa and certain permanent skilled visas from March 2018.

Under reforms announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, small businesses will be required to pay $1,200 for every temporary visa worker, while larger businesses, with turnovers of more than $10 million, will have to pay $1,800 a worker. There will also be one-off levies of $3,000 or $5,000 for every permanent skilled visa.

To come into effect, legislation is required to establish the levy. Key stakeholders in the ACT have raised some concerns about the impact of the levy on ACT businesses, particularly industries struggling to compete with other countries (e.g. education, ICT, cyber-security and astronomy).

The Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment is undertaking the inquiry and is due to report by 9 February 2018. Stakeholders who wish to provide a submission and raise any issues regarding the legislation and the establishment of the levy can lodge a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment by 15 December 2017. Additional information on the submission process can be found on the Parliament of Australia website.

If you have any queries please contact Skills Canberra by emailing skills@act.gov.au.


Submitted on 2017-12-05 by Wechelle Balbarosa

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