Navigating the rapidly changing political climate – Focus on Australian Immigration Changes

A summary of the Brisbane Chapter on 16th May, 2017.

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May 19, 2017
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Brisbane Chapter Meeting on the 16th May 2017 was titled “Global Mobility in Practice: Trends in Relation to the Changing Geopolitical Landscape” but it became “Navigating the rapidly changing political climate – Focus on Australian Immigration Changes” as a result of the abolishment of the 457 visa in the weeks before the event.

The major political decisions and events of the past 12 month; such as the vote for Brexit and the US travel ban - have had significant impact on how businesses approaches mobilisation of talent. How can organisations anticipate and manage the consequences of so much upheaval was the question under consideration? The abolishment of the 457 visa category brought the issue home.

The following were discussed:

  • Key trends which are impacting on the movement of people
  • How to navigate through the constantly changing political landscape
  • How mobility and immigration programs are being adapted in response
  1. Recent legislative and policy changes in Australia
    1. journey from an Open Market to Protectionism
    2. Australia’s political landscape
    3. New Temporary Skill Shortage visa
    4. Understanding the new occupation lists
    5. Timeline of Reforms
  2. Key considerations in this new environment and tips for business
    Navigating immigration changes, what you can do:
    1. Comprehensive data collection – impact assessment & triage
    2. Keep up to date & support unsettled staff. Protect talent pipeline
    3. Review strategies, factor in lead times and ‘front load’ applications
    4. Collecting & analysing records will help you identify affected employees/roles
    5. Briefing sessions to employees and senior management
    6. Recruitment, global mobility and employee retention strategies need to aligned an

Please see slide deck for greater detail

Want to know more about the Brisbane Chapter Meeting or receive updates on future events? Please email Aysegul Kayahan

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Aysegul Kayahan

Director, Relocation Specialists

Aysegul Kayahan, managing director of Relocation Specialists in Queensland and Victoria has been in the global mobility industry since 1993. Aysegul started the Forum for Expatriate Management community in Australia in early 2012, with chapters in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. From February 2015 to January 2017, Aysegul was appointed to the role of global chair of Chapter Leads for the Forum for Expatriate Management.

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