How to reform points-tested visas: A Grattan speed briefing

Date: Wednesday 05 June 2024

Time: Noon – 12.20pm AEST

Location: Online

Migration has shaped Australia’s diverse, highly educated, and cohesive society, and has contributed greatly to our national prosperity. 

Skilled migrants in particular lift the productivity of local workers, raising Australians’ incomes, and each permanent skilled visa-holder provides a significant boost to Australian government budgets over their lifetimes.

But points-tested visas, which account for almost two-thirds of all permanent skilled visas issued over the past decade, are not working as well as they should.

This webinar will outline the simple reforms to points-tested visas in our latest report, It all adds up: Reforming points-tested visas, that will help build an even more prosperous future for all Australians.

We would like to thank the Scanlon Foundation for its generous and timely support of this project.


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Trent Wiltshire


Trent Wiltshire is the Deputy Director, Migration and Labour Markets, in Grattan Institute’s Economic Policy Program. He previously worked at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, as Domain Group’s economist, and at the Reserve Bank of Australia. Trent holds a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Economics and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University.

Natasha Bradshaw


Natasha Bradshaw is a Senior Associate in Grattan Institute’s Economic Policy program. She previously worked at the Australian Treasury, with a focus on structural issues in the labour market and barriers to women’s economic security.

Natasha graduated from the University of New South Wales with First Class Honours in economics.