The Opposition’s Growth Action Agenda to boost South Australia’s population shows strategic thinking in an area critical for economic growth, says the Property Council of Australia.
The seven point action plan echoes many of the Property Council’s own priorities for economic growth.
“The Property Council has been a vocal advocate for attracting more people, more skills and more investment into our state,” says Property Council (SA Division) Executive Director Richard Angove.
In 2013, the Property Council (SA Division) issued a paper exploring South Australia’s youth brain drain that put forward a number of recommendations for policies aimed at retaining and enticing talent.
The Property Council is pleased to see its recommendations are consistent with State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall’s policy platform.
“Ensuring skilled workers aren’t stalled at our borders by reducing red tape for visas’ is essential to boost productivity and economic growth.
“A Population Growth Summit would put the competitive business of attracting skilled migrants in the spotlight and encourage a more focused effort to address skills shortages where they exist.
“Our State’s population growth has been flatlining compared to other states. Today’s policy announcement offers a vision for turning that trend around and is welcome news for South Australian businesses and communities,” Richard Angove said.