Mass Migration Has Failed To Solve Worker Shortage Crisis

Written by: and
6 June 2024
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This research note has been prepared to assess the impact of the Australia’s migration programme on the level of job vacancies in the national economy.

  • In September 2022 the federal government announced it would expand the nation’s migration program to help alleviate worker shortages.
  • In the 12-month period to 31 March 2024, permanent and long-term arrivals to Australia (migrants) numbered 1,127,930, according to data from Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • Over the same period, according to Jobs and Skills Australia (a federal government agency) job vacancies on a trend basis were reduced by only 41,223. This indicates that unprecedented migration levels have not resolved the worker shortage crisis.
  • Nationwide, approximately 27 permanent and long-term arrivals came to Australia for every net job vacancy filled.
    • In South Australia, 76 migrants were added for every job vacancy filled.
    • In Western Australia, 56 migrants were added for every job vacancy filled.
    • In Queensland, 34 migrants were added for every job vacancy filled. 
    • New South Wales, 24 migrants were added for every job vacancy filled.In Victoria, 23 migrants were added for every job vacancy filled.
    • In Tasmania, job vacancies increased over the period.  

Chart 1: Overseas permanent and long-term arrivals vs net decline in job vacancies, March 2023 to March 2024

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