According to the immigration minister, more resources are being dedicated immediately to remove visa backlogs for skilled migrants, international students, and tourists.

After years of neglect, according to Immigration Minister Andrew Giles, the visa system has to be reformed.

Andrew Giles said that notwithstanding the impact of the pandemic on visa processing, the system had to be rebuilt after nine years of neglect by the previous administration.

Mr. Giles told the ABC that any short-term action must be weighed with the goal for rebuilding the economy, raising productivity, and reskilling the country.

“We are considering all possibilities,” he stated.

“This is a tremendous importance. We will leave no stone left in addressing this serious backlog, while also ensuring that it is in line with… our national interests in the immigration portfolio.”

The ministry is soliciting suggestions about which industries might be prioritised to solve key skill gaps.

Mr. Giles said that it was crucial for Australia not to lose out on talented migrants in vital fields owing to the 15-month processing waits in certain situations.

As these individuals were in high demand on a worldwide scale, he said that areas with critical skill gaps, such as the health care industry, will be at the forefront of policy development.

Passport processing periods have also increased to six weeks due to a spike in applicants.

Mr. Giles said, “We are exploring every possibility to send more personnel.”

“This is not a profession that can be performed immediately; training is required. The ladies and men who do this profession are highly trained individuals functioning in a very demanding situation.”

The immigration minister said that bringing employees out of retirement or back from leave, as well as redeploying personnel from abroad, were possibilities being considered to ease the strain.

David Littleproud, leader of the Nationals, said that the government needed to place a greater emphasis on farm employees since the labour deficit was impacting food costs.

“Every time you walk to the checkout, you’re paying more because the main limitation on agriculture right now is a secure labour supply to be able to prepare your food more quickly, which is not the case,” he told Sky News.

He said that trained and semi-skilled labour was also essential to sustainably grow the sector.

The Nationals are also contemplating the possibility of allowing welfare recipients to work extra hours without affecting their benefits.

Mr. Littleproud said that there is an opportunity for grey nomads who are travelling the nation since certain unskilled job is quite transitory.

University students might also be offered discounts, he suggested.

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