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Skilled Migration Blog Fosters Informed Decisions

Skilled Migration Blog Fosters Informed Decisions

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has launched a blog to promote Australia’s skilled migration policy and contribute to an informed public policy-making environment. The blog will highlight existing skilled migration policy, flag potential program changes and be a vehicle for engagement with the community to increase awareness about skilled migration in Australia.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has launched a blog to promote Australia’s skilled migration policy and contribute to an informed public policy-making environment.

The blog will highlight existing skilled migration policy, flag potential program changes and be a vehicle for engagement with the community to increase awareness about skilled migration in Australia.

These programs include the temporary 457 visa program, the permanent employer-sponsored programs and the permanent general skilled migration program. The first blog post focuses on enterprise migration agreements (EMAs), a policy response to the tight labour market in the resource sector.

“We want communication to occur across a number of channels, not just in print media. This can be seen in the development of the department’s Facebook page  and YouTube channel” a departmental spokesman said.

“The department is committed to communicating effectively with the Australian public. This blog will assist the department to connect with a vast range of clients, stakeholders and interested people.

“We hope that a host of different visitors are drawn to the blog – clients, peak bodies, journalists, academics, government agencies and the general public, to further engage in a discussion about skilled migration and the role it plays in the labour market and the economy as a whole,” the spokesman said.

The skilled migration blog is supported and hosted by the GovSpace initiative that enables online engagement for government departments. This initiative is a product of the Government 2.0 taskforce of 2009-10, chaired by Dr Nicholas Gruen. GovSpace is driven by the Department of Finance and Deregulation and the skilled migration blog is now one of more than 60 spaces, hosting around 2000 articles.

Visitors to the skilled migration blog will be able to explore different aspects to skilled migration over the coming months. The department will update the blog regularly.

More information about skilled migration programs can be found on the department’s website at www.immi.gov.au/skilled/

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