Skilled Migrants and Regional Employment

School of Business and Law
Professor Santina Bertone
Professor Julian Teicher, Associate Professor Linda Colley


Skilled immigration is a central element of the Australian immigration program, based principally on the notion of two-step immigration. This involves immigrants arriving initially on temporary visas, either as sponsored fixed term employees or as international students, then later applying for permanent residency and Australian citizenship. Australian policy-makers often favour sending skilled immigrants to regional areas, to support skills shortages in those areas. Skilled immigrants face a range of vulnerabilities in the labour market due to their need to work to maintain residency and/or capacity to pay for study costs, and this makes them potentially exploitable for lower pay and poorer working conditions. Coupled with significant differences in social and cultural capital from the host population, skilled migrants may struggle to obtain full recognition of their skills and work experience. In regional areas, immigrants may face a range of social, economic, cultural and labour market barriers to full employment integration. While the problems are well-documented, research into the solutions is still evolving. We are interested in proposals that explore these issues. What are the factors at local, organisational, regional and national level that can help to promote the full and equitable integration of skilled migrants in Australia? How can international research illuminate the multi-level factors that promote successful career paths for skilled migrants?

Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Migrant employment, Skilled Migration, Regional Employment
Available Immediately
Brisbane| Melbourne| By Negotiation


This project is associated with the International Engaged Research Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction in tuition fees for eligible international students.

Other special notes

Funding is also provided by CQUniversity to support research higher degree student project costs, and to support national and international conference presentations. This includes:

For masters by research candidates:

  • up to $4,000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $3,000 for Candidate Travel Support

For doctoral candidates:

  • up to $6,000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $4,500 for Conference Travel Support