Migrant skills recognition could lead to $250 million boost to Queensland economy

Migrant skills recognition could lead to $250 million boost to Queensland economy

8 November 2018: A Multicultural Affairs Queensland commissioned research report found that if the skills, qualifications and experience of migrants and refugees are formally recognised the Queensland economy could benefit from a $250 million boost over the next decade.

The Deloitte Access Economics report, Seizing the opportunity: Making the most of the skills and experience of migrants and refugees, found that the main barrier to securing skilled employment is the lack of Australian recognition of overseas qualifications.

Through multi-modal data collection and analysis, the report looks at the barriers to employment, the potential talent pool and the opportunities and benefits gained from better utilisation of skills and experience of migrants and refugees.

ECCQ CEO Garry Page says skills recognition has long been the major barrier to meaningful employment.

“On an individual level meaningful employment – that is a job that utilises a person’s earned qualifications, skills, experience and/or unique perspective – is one of the best ways to integrate, participate and confidently settle in a new country,” he said.

“This is often a difficult part of the settlement experience and some people may never regain their professional life due to the difficult, expensive and time consuming process of qualification recognition.

“On an economic level, there is a per annum cost of $21.9 million arising from a lack of skills recognition among migrants and refugees. By tapping into diverse skill sets and professional experiences of migrants and refugees who have already made Queensland home we open the potential for increased productivity, filling skills shortages and a larger economy.”

Over the last decade, over 80,000 skilled migrants and refugees have settled in Queensland, though according to the report, only 49% have secured employment that utilises their skills and experience.

“We urge the government to invite industry and community level engagement to take the next step in exploring ways to simplify the pathway to qualification recognition.

To read the report click here.

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Carrie Barnett
Communications & Media Manager
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Phone: 07 3844 9166

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