About the Seminar 

 "Over the next two decades, the world's major economies will age further and many will shrink rapidly - an unprecedented phenomenon. Competition for skilled migration will intensify. In this environment, Australia's piecemeal immigration policies of the last 10 years will not serve us well. The new Albanese Government has inherited a dysfunctional immigration department, massive application backlogs and an incoherent set of immigration policy settings that serve neither Australians or new migrants well.

After two days at the Jobs Summit, Dr Abul Rizvi will discuss these challenges and what now needs to be done."         

About the Presenter 

Presenter: Abul Rizvi is an economics, accounting and public policy graduate from ANU and has recently completed a PhD in population and immigration policy.

From 1991 to 1995, he was the Immigration Department’s Chief Financial Officer before managing Australia’s migration program from 1995 to 2007.

He commissioned research on the demographic, economic and budgetary impact of immigration that was extensively used in policy development, including the 2002 Intergenerational Report.

This research led to major policy changes to expand Australia’s international education industry, skilled temporary migration and working holiday makers as a pathway to an expanded permanent migration program. This slowed population ageing in Australia and made it a demographic outlier amongst developed nations (ie younger, more diverse and growing faster) over the past 20 years.

Abul was awarded the Public Service Medal and the Centenary Medal for services to the development and implementation of Australian immigration policy.

Abul is a frequent media commentator on population, immigration and its impact on Australia’s economic directions. He recently featured in the SBS Documentary Who Gets to Stay in Australia.

This is a co-badged event between POLSIS and Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA). Register here