Uber-driving engineers expose skilled visa farce


Engineering provides a textbook illustration of the flaws in Australia’s “skilled” visa system.

Nearly 60% of the engineering workforce is comprised of skilled migrants, and slightly more than half of the engineers who earned their degrees from Australian institutions are foreign-born.

Still, Engineers Australia (EA) – which earns thousands of dollars out of each migrant “vetting” their degrees – persistently bemoans skills shortages and advocates for more immigration.

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About the author
Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.