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HIA calls for skilled migrants policy
Released 2 March 2011

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has called for the Federal Government to introduce a targeted migration policy for skilled workers in the residential sector.   

The move comes after the latest HIA-Austral Bricks Trade Report highlighted a shortage of skilled labour across a majority of trades in the sector, with eight of 13 trades affected.

In its submission to the Federal Government, the HIA also stressed an urgent need for industry mentoring programs, targeted incentives for employers to take on apprentices and promoting participation of older workers.

“Addressing a clear structural shortage of skilled labour requires the simultaneous consideration of domestic investment in apprentices and training and a targeted skilled migration program,” says HIA economist Matthew King.

“Australia does not have a targeted skilled migration program for the residential sector, a major deficiency in any strategy to address labour shortages.”