Migration policy and the review of the migration system


From: Thursday May 25, 2023, 5:30 pm

To: Thursday May 25, 2023, 7:30 pm

Economists agree that Australia’s skilled and sponsored migration system has become extremely complex, with different visa classes and skill lists that struggle to stay current.

Join us for a discussion on the economic and productivity issues raised by Australia's migration system.


About the Speakers

Michael Brennan is Chair of the Productivity Commission.
Previously Michael was Deputy Secretary, Fiscal Group, in the Federal Treasury with responsibility for budget policy, retirement incomes, Commonwealth-State relations, social policy and infrastructure financing.
Before that he was Deputy Secretary, Economic in the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. Michael has worked as an Associate Director in the economics and policy practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as a senior adviser to Treasurers and Ministers for Finance at the State and Federal level.

Dr. Andrew Clarke is an immigration expert from the Economics Department of the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on outcomes for immigrants in Australia, Canada and the US: their labour-market performance, the use of their skills, their health and their safety at work, and language barriers they face.

Brendan Coates is the Economic Policy Program Director at Grattan Institute, where he leads Grattan’s work on tax and transfer system reform, retirement incomes and superannuation, housing, macroeconomics, and migration. He is a former macro-financial economist with the World Bank in Indonesia and consulted to the Bank in Latin America. Prior to that, he worked in the Australian Treasury in areas such as tax-transfer system reform and macro-economic forecasting, with a strong focus on the Chinese economy.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 25 May 2023
Time: Event starts at 6pm. Attendees are welcome to arrive from 5:30pm to enjoy drinks downstairs (at own cost)
Cost: Free of charge


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The Kelvin Club

14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

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