From July 1 2014, a skilled and business migration agreement between the South Australian and Federal Government came into effect. The new agreement replaces the previous state migration plan.
The Agreement highlights both the Federal and the South Australian Governments’ commitment to skilled and business migration programmes. It provides the Government with a customised migration programme as it is tailored to the requirements of South Australia. The South Australian Department of State Development has the flexibility to:
- Address specific skills shortages and local labour market needs through the State and Territory Nominated (STN) category of Australia's Migration Programme, which is designed to enhance the size and skill level of the Australian labour force, and
- Customise the state’s share of Business Skills migration through the Business Innovation and Investment Programme (BIIP), a state and territory nominated programme designed to increase investment and entrepreneurial talent and diversify business expertise.
This will be achieved through coordinating policy and programme delivery, reducing red tape and streamlined reporting and sharing relevant information to help plan, evaluate and consolidate business activity.