APSCo has established a range of government relations priorities to support the membership in 2023.
In the short term, APSCo will work on establishing and further developing relationships with key Ministerial, Opposition members and key Department officials. Following on from submissions to the Employment White Paper, Migration Review and Productivity Commission Enquiry in 2022, we will focus on the comprehensive review of ANZSCO being conducted by the ABS.
In the longer term, we are working towards establishing a relationship with members of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training.
Our projected message and policy to government will focus on:
- Recognising that professional contracting plays an important role in responding to the needs of the modern Australian economy and workforce.
- Recognising the professional recruitment market’s differences from labour hire agencies.
- Facilitating a flexible labour market, fit for the future – with flexible, agile, highly skilled contracting providing access to international, high-skilled, independent workers to help fill skills gaps across the economy.
After meeting with DEWR in November 2022, APSCo has held meetings with the following Ministers this year:
- Minister Brendan O’Connor’s Office
- Minister Tony Burke’s Office
- Senator Matt O’Sullivan
- Senator Michaelia Cash
- Department of Home Affairs