This audit would assess the administration of skilled migration (excluding the agricultural sector) by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations; the Department of Home Affairs; and the National Skill’s Commission.

Skilled migration aims at attracting migrants with the potential to make a contribution to the Australian economy, and fill employment vacancies where no Australian workers are available. In August 2021, the Joint Standing Committee on Migration identified a lack of skilled migration, and near record low unemployment has resulted in major skills shortages impacting the viability of businesses.