Minimising skills wastage and maximising the health of skilled migrant groups

External PersonnelRoslyn Cameron, Jaya Dantas
Project StatusComplete

Project Summary

Skilled migration is a key element in Australia’s strategy to address major human capital issues and imperatives, however underutilisation and atrophy of professional migrant skills remains a critical problem. The proposed project aims are twofold, to identify barriers and innovative strategies for ensuring skilled migrant’s skills are not wasted and to investigate the links between workforce participation and health for skilled migrants in the post-resources boom.

Regional skilled migration initiatives are a “glocalised” response to regional skill shortages and demand, as evidenced through the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) and recent skilled migration reforms. Key outcomes of this project include policy recommendations, a typology of skilled migrants groups and a HR and Well-being framework for skilled migrants.