SA declares itself migrant slave special economic zone

By Leith van Onselen

Last month, the Committee for Adelaide demanded that the appallingly low salary floor for ‘skilled’ migrants be lowered to reduce costs for business:

Committee for Adelaide member and prominent migration agent Mark Glazbrook told parliament “a successful migration program… needs to be based on demand and it needs to be based on the relevant industry settings” – something the proposed SA migration agreement was not…

He suggested the threshold salary for participants was too high, noting the existing minimum salary level for temporary skilled migrants was $53,900…

“That is above what a lot of people get paid in regional areas and in different occupations,” he said…

He said a “big issue” with the SA plan was the lack of a clear pathway to permanent residency…

The Committee for Adelaide got its wish, with the Marshall Government inking a deal with the federal government to bring migrant slave labour into South Australia:

A migration deal struck by South Australian Premier Stephen Marshall and Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come under fire after it was revealed overseas workers could get a visa older, on 10 per cent less wages and with lower English requirements.

Mr Marshall and Mr Morrison signed a special visa deal for the state, called a designated area migration agreement or DAMA, as part of the Premier’s push to grow the South Australian population and address skills shortages in regional areas…

Opposition leader Peter Malinauskus [said]… migrants could be paid 10 per cent less than the current yearly threshold for skilled migrants — $53,900 — in a move he said will make it harder for locals in regional SA to get a job…

“The actual concessions vary from occupation to occupation, but in general terms they can include up to a 10 per cent reduction in the salary threshold which is nationally set at $53,900″…

“Concessions also include a reduction in the English language requirement, where appropriate, and increasing the age limit from 44 to 50…

Business SA, the Property Council, business leaders and regional mayors have all welcomed Mr Marshall’s push to deal with skills shortages in regional parts of the state.

Migration SA has now released details of this DAMA, with 174 occupations approved and “concessions such as English language, salary, skills and experience and age to facilitate pathways to permanent residency… offered in a range of selected positions”:

There are 60 occupations on the Adelaide Innovation and Technology Agreement which supports the Adelaide City Deal. These occupations provide employers in the defence, space, and advanced manufacturing and technology industries with the ability to access and retain a highly-skilled workforce…
Concessions offered on this Agreement address specific challenges including, attracting a skilled workforce by offering pathways for permanent residency in South Australia. Following the required period of time on a temporary skilled visa talented individuals may be enabled to meet permanent residency by accessing the age concession when applying for the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa, subject to the occupation and concession being on the DAMA occupation list at time of application…

There are 114 occupations on the South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement which provide employers in key regional growth industries of agribusiness, health and aged care, hospitality and tourism, mining and construction sectors with the ability to access and retain a skilled workforce…

Concessions for occupations vary and include:
  • Up to 10% reduction of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT), which is set nationally
  • English language concessions at IELTS (or equivalent in another accepted English language test) 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in any of the four test components
  • Skills assessment concession
  • Age concession to enable pathways to permanent residency.

SBS’ resident Immigration expert, Chaman Preet, noted that the DAMA includes lower skilled occupations and provides pathways to permanent residency, thus will be very enticing for migrants:

‘If we have a look at the list, there are various occupations which are very interesting. For instance occupations like Accommodation and Hospitality Management, Aged and Disability Care, Baker, Café and Restaurant Manager pro etc. provide pathways to permanent residency.

‘Then there are occupations which normally may not lead to permanent residency through general skilled migration such as Dentist and Dental Assistant are available with skill concessions,’ she told SBS Hindi…

“Concessions in English language, salary, skills, age and experience widen the opportunities for migrants,” said Ms Chaman Preet.

Just when you though Australia’s ‘skilled’ migration settings couldn’t get more farcical we get this.

The appallingly low $53,900 wage floor for ‘skilled’ temporary migrants is apparently too high, even though it is $32,700 below the current average full-time Australian salary of $86,600, as well as way below the median full-time wage of $68,620, both of which comprise skilled and unskilled workers.

It is also unreasonable to expect migrants to be able to speak good English, and to come to Australia at an age where they can contribute for a decent period of time before transitioning to permanent residency, retiring, and claiming health and aged care benefits.

Nor does SA need more low wage migrants when its labour underutilisation rate is running at 14.8%, with underemployment above the 1991 recession:

Clearly, the Committee for Adelaide and State Government wants to turn South Australia into a migrant slave special economic zone that is allowed to shred wages and employment standards with impunity.

Prepare for the crush-loading of Adelaide.

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Comments

  1. J BauerMEMBER

    Businesses should be going after the cost of power rather than staff. With the gas resources Australia has, we should have a competitive advantage in power prices to be able to compete with the rest of the world!

  2. “The appallingly low $53,900 wage floor for ‘skilled’ temporary migrants is apparently too high, even though it is $32,700 below the current average full-time Australian salary of $86,600, as well as way below the median full-time wage of $68,620, both of which comprise skilled and unskilled workers.”

    But it’s still close to the pathetic SA median, but you’re right, it undermines the local population. Otherwise, all your other points are spot on.

    The Marshall govt are your standard paint by numbers politicians. No innovation or sentiment for culture, just plain old hollow actors.

  3. ….prominent migration agent Mark Glazbrook…

    “Between self-interest and the truth, most people will invariably choose self-interest.”
    ― Marty Rubin

  4. Mark Glazbrook says:

    “There is absolutely no question that changes are urgently required locally and nationally in order for South Australia to attract more migrants which will allow the State and the migration profession to grow and prosper. I believe that South Australia should strive to double its population growth and migration outcomes in the next 3 to 5 years as this has the potential to create tens of thousands of new jobs and training opportunities throughout South Australia. This will also support growth within the migration profession.”

    https://migrationalliance.com.au/immigration-daily-news/entry/2015-10-mark-glazbrook-for-president-of-south-australia-mia-elections.html

    • haroldusMEMBER

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    • blindjusticeMEMBER

      Wages attract workers. Simple as.
      The neoliberal appetite for cheap labour is insatiable across the entire western world. This is the perfect example, Ireland, a country with a tiny population has access to the entire EU labour force still imports more from non EU countries https://youtu.be/TjXJBJz-IRM

      The population of the EU is over half a billion. Ireland has 4 or 5 million. Adelaide is small enough to be swamped overnight as Dublin has. Difference is Dublin has lots of jobs. But they will still come to Adelaide. As long as it is marginally better than living in a shanty town. Bring the folks too.

      I saw a comment here somewhere saying when the water runs out people will stop coming. Not so. In some of the migrant source countries its not uncommon to have water turned off for most of the day. Fill your pots and bottles while its on for 2 hours a day.

      This is where its heading.
      oh and there is a whole other market Australia is opening up to:
      https://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/sponsoring-parents-on-dependent-visa/

      The parent visa scam will create unforseen demand for Australian student visas etc etc

  5. I think Fisho is correct in his/her assessment of Australia’s migration policy. We are unable to attract quality migrants so we continuing the long downward process towards scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  6. South Australia has always been an underperformer for Australia and this confirms it. Let’s set these free settlers free and excise them from the Commonwealth.

  7. Incredible stuff.

    I guess Ted Baillieu was a saint by comparison.

    I voted for Ted because he had a policy of putting two armed guards on every train station every night – a very left wing policy. Even Denis Napthine was against the idea of allowing 457 visa staff to build the East-West link.

  8. If we enforced current visa conditions of entry..

    🔻Real funds not self declared or borrowed for entry then whisked back to the foreign agent provider trafficking in the migrant guestworkers on visa alibi’s
    🔻real health checks instead of heavily frauded overseas agent checks,
    🔻real tracking & reporting of income actinides & employment,
    🔻real attendance of ‘foreign education’
    🔻 removal of vice & other such activity as a legal income source
    🔻if we enforced and had mandatory reporting of exactly where the migrant guestworkers actually live, pay bunkshare cash in hand rent to, are they compliant in medical insurance and other visa conditions,

    Then over 1.4 million of the 2.561 million TR and another 440k illegally working ‘tourist / visitors‘ (DHA 5% of the 8,8 million tourist visitors now enter to work illegally).

    ➡️ 2 million migrant guestworkers would be exited.

    And that would mean:
    ▫️Australia would meet its climate change emission targets
    ▫️That would mean affordable housing would be restored.
    ▫️That would create jobs for over 1.4 million Australians & PR unemployed and another 1.1 million seeking work.
    (Roy Morgan April 2019 Australian unemployed has gone thru the roof and real jobs have fallen)

    ▫️That would mean real wages & productivity would increase.
    ▫️That would mean our hospitals & other services would not be choked by the hundreds of thousands of non citizens/non PR exploiting Medicare & emergency services.
    ▫️That would remove traffic congestion (400,000 less cars in the 2 main cities), from our trains, buses & trams.
    ▫️That would mean our Australia education would be restored to being an affordable investment for our youth, not prostituting itself as a migrant guestworker visa alibi.
    ▫️That would mean many tens of billions of wasteful & misfired infrastructure projects would be canned
    ▫️That would mean more water in our dams & a better standard of living.
    ▫️That would mean more income per Capita and real income for Australian citizens & PR as wages go up but a lower tax as the huge migrant guestworker economic & social theft burden is removed from taxpayers & the cost of living falls as less contention in housing & other costs.
    ▫️That would mean a much higher gdp per capita shooting up some 6% immediately on the exit of 2 million Migrant guestworkers who are in breach.

    Just by enforcing existing visa conditions.