Kylea shares her week

Week 11: Training, migration and other changes you want to see

The Jobs and Skills Summit is well underway, putting a renewed focus on Australia's workforce issues ahead of next week's parliamentary sittings.

Thanks to all who have shared with me your views on these issues. Over the past week, I have heard from more than 170 North Sydneysiders, including small business owners, employees, contractors, students, training providers, and retirees.

Many are concerned about training and want to see more investment in upskilling, apprenticeships and TAFE. Governments have taken steps to address this with a new $1.1 billion deal to create 180,000 fee-free TAFE places nationwide. I look forward to more discussions about this program in the days and weeks ahead.

Migration is also a key issue for many in our electorate, and I am grateful for the diverse views that you have shared. Some say we should cut red tape, allow new skilled migrants into the country, and make better use of the skills that already exist in our migrant and refugee population. Others say migration is only a short-term solution that masks deeper issues like a shortage of local training and development opportunities, low pay and poor working conditions.

As I said in the Canberra Times on Wednesday, I hope that this week's jobs and skills discussions are just the beginning. We need to look beyond band-aid incentives and enterprise bargaining, to address deeper issues like driving innovation; rethinking our approach to the care economy; and creating career pathways for women, young Australians, and older workers.

My team and I will be taking your feedback with us to Canberra for the next two parliamentary sitting weeks, and look forward to reporting back on our progress. I'm also looking forward to seeing community member Robert Mueller at Parliament House, where he will attend the National Leadership Forum as part of the North Sydney NextGen Scholarship. Congratulations, Robert!

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