The review of the Consolidated Skills Occupation List (CSOL) has began, and recommendations have been put forward to remove specific skills from the list.

Ged Kearney, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions has told The Australian that the list ‘did not look at shortages’.

She is also the only union representative on the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM).

If you are wondering who the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) is, they are an advisory council that advises the Australian Government on ways to optimise the contribution of Skilled Migration to Australia, to overall boost the economy and increase productivity.

On the other end of the spectrum, Jenny Lambert, director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the CSOL list should not be shortened as it allowed for business and skills shortages across regional areas of Australia.

Jenny Lambert said ‘just changing the list wont do anything’ and that ‘its critically important that MACSM doesnt look to make CSOL some sort of shortages list’.

The outcomes of the review are still unknown however Ms Lambert is pushing for a ‘well-balanced migration program that can generate jobs in Australia’.