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During the 2019 Federal Election, REIWA’s ‘What About WA’ campaign called for policies that help drive growth in Western Australia,
such as putting Perth back on the Regional Migration Scheme (RMS).
It is pleasing to see as of the 16 November, the
Federal Government will reinstate Perth’s status as a regional city which will
align with Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart, and help to boost population growth in
The program provides special visas to international
skilled workers and students who move to regional areas of Australia. It is
aimed at reducing the congestion in major cities such as Melbourne and Sydney by
encouraging people towards regional areas.
Placing Perth on the RMS will help increase population
growth, which leads to jobs and economic growth.
Employers in the designated regional areas who
have staff shortages, will have access to a larger list of occupations to fill positions.
Those that agree to work in a regional area for
three years will have their visa applications elevated to the top of the list
and after their visa finishes, will be eligible to apply for permanent
From a student perspective, international
graduates from a regional university will be able to work for an extra year in
Australia after their studies have concluded.
In addition, there will also be 1,000
scholarships worth $15,000 available every year to international students in
According to the ABS, WA was the only state to
record a negative net migration figure in 2016-17. Of the 13,384 people who
came to WA, we lost 550 more to other states.
There is no doubt that the recent housing boom
on the east coast was linked to an increase in population, placing a high
demand on property prices. This is why the main lever to help boost WA’s
economy is population growth.
Our state needs
migrants to fill demand for housing, increase housing construction, create jobs
and stimulate economic growth. We must encourage more
people to come to WA and ensure those that migrate here, are here to stay.
continue to advocate for policies that drive both population and job growth
across WA to ensure a strong and stable economy.
information about REIWA's advocacy efforts, visit our advocacy page.
Read the full
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