Government says it could consider boosting minimum pay threshold for temporary skilled migrants
“These are complex issues and we need to work out how we deal with each sector,” Mr O’Connor added.
Staff shortages, in both high-skilled and lower-pay industries like aged care, bit hard after the COVID-19 pandemic closed Australia’s borders for nearly two years, and a lot of holiday workers and foreign students left.
Income limits also raised for disability pensioners
People on the disability support pension (DSP) will also be eligible under the reforms, Mr O’Connor said.
“There’s no reason why people on the Disability Support Pension couldn’t get out and have a crack and do a little bit of work to try and help our economy grow,” he said on Friday. “People with a disability deserve that same choice, to get out there and be the people that we want to be.”
2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott told last week’s summit people living with a disability were ready for employment opportunities. Source: AAP / LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE
Australia’s jobless rate now stands at a near 50-year-low of 3.4 per cent, and labour shortages have contributed to surging inflation that has reduced real wages.
Australia is competing with other developed economies, like Germany and Canada, to attract more high-skilled immigrants as the country’s ageing population heightens demand.