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The Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) is a tripartite body comprising industry, union and government representatives which will provide advice to the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs on Australia's temporary and permanent skilled migration programmes and associated matters. The MACSM will advise the Ministers on: - programme specific visa and policy settings to optimise the contribution of skilled migration to Australia's productivity and economy. - the size and composition of Australia's temporary and permanent migration programmes, and the impacts of these programmes on Net Overseas Migration levels and population growth. - The composition of the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations Lists, with a view to increasing the productivity contribution of sponsored migration. - Skill shortages in the labour market which cannot be met from the domestic labour force and domestic training and education programmes. - opportunities to reduce regulatory burdens and costs on Australian businesses seeking to access visa programmes to fill genuine skilled vacancies. - policies to ensure that Australian workers are afforded priority in the labour market. - the role of State and Territory governments in skilled and business migration. - the adequateness of regulatory powers of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to ensure integrity and detect and prevent practices which are inconsistent with the intent of the programme. - the role and regulation of the migration advice industry. - the impacts of migration to Australia, including social and settlement matters. - potential changes to visa programmes to enhance productivity in the Australian economy, support economic growth, assist employers address genuine skill shortages, and better align Australia's visa programme with domestic training and education policies. MACSM had its inaugural meeting on 19 June 2015 in Sydney where Assistant Minister Cash was in attendance.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    G. Ministerial Councils and Related Bodies including those Established by the COAG

  • Established By / Under


  • Paid Members?


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  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    No, but noted in parent's annual report

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    1 July 2012

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