The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) says Australia should find better ways to harness the skills and experience of migrants.
FECCA Chairperson Mary Patetsos said a Deloitte Access report commissioned by the Queensland Government found that greater recognition of migrants’ skills and experience would deliver a $250 million boost to that State’s economy over a 10-year period.
“The report finds that lack of recognition in Australia of overseas-obtained qualifications often prevented migrants and refugees from obtaining jobs which aligned with their skills,” Ms Patetsos said.
She added that the huge economic resource that new arrivals bring to our country should be better used by governments, industry groups and employers across Australia.
A good first step would be to make recognition of overseas qualifications a less complex and expensive process than at present, and support employers to better understand and appreciate the value of experience and skills gained overseas.
“This will enable people who come here to live a full life commensurate with their skills as well as deliver the maximum benefit to Australia,” Ms Patetsos said.