A migration cap of 200,000 instead of 160,000 is “necessary” to make up for “some of the lost ground” from the past two years of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Australian Chambers of Commerce and Industry CEO Andrew McKellar.
Mr McKellar told Sky News Australia the suggested increase in migration cap is “part of a solution” to address the issue of skills and labour shortage and “maximise economic growth” in the future.
“There are three main things that we need to focus on; one is that we do need to invest in skills acquisition, vocational, education, and training,” he said.
“We need to continue to support higher levels of take-up in apprenticeships.
“We have to encourage people to come back into the labour force.”