Government urged to reverse Living Away From Home Allowance Budget decision
Thursday, 31 May 2012
Posted by: Paul Horowitz
Australian Government has been warned its Budget decision to scrap the Living
Away From Home Allowance will create significant and long-lasting negative
impacts for the ICT industry and the broader economy.
Australian Information Industry Association also warned the decision will cause
the ICT industry, government agencies and professional services firms
significant and critical problems in recruiting, retaining or relocating the
Executive Officer of the AIIA, Suzanne Campbell, said the ICT industry is one
of the largest category of 457 visa holders due to the significant shortage of
domestic talent in this sector.
decision is short sighted and has been taken with no consideration of its
impact on the ICT industry which is a key enabling capability for all sectors
of the economy delivering services and promoting both innovation and
productivity," Ms Campbell said. "It also disregards Australia's
place in the global economy and will make it difficult to attract people with
the required specialist skills and experience to support the industry's growing
contribution to our economic wellbeing.
ICT industry in Australia contributes nearly 8 per cent of Australian GDP,
employs more than 500,000 people and accounts for nearly $82 billion in annual
Government is threatening to slow the growth of the digital economy which is
absolutely critical to Australia's ongoing international competitiveness and
sustainability of local business and industry.
time when the Government is seeking industry support for the National Digital
Economy Strategy, the inconsistency implicit in the changes to allowance is
hard to comprehend."
forward, the multiplier effects of these changes will effectively compromise
all other efforts by this Government to address the skills issue, build a
sustainable Digital Economy and improve falling productivity. The ICT industry
calls on the Government to urgently reverse this ill-conceived measure before
irreversible damage is done."