Where to now for migration policy in Australia and New Zealand? - Grattan Institute

Australia and New Zealand both ran high rates of migration over the past decade. And both countries opted for hard border closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Australia and New Zealand gradually emerge from behind hard borders, how should migration policy change in both countries?

A recent draft report from the NZ Productivity Commission explores major changes to NZ migration policy and governance. In this special trans-Tasman Grattan Institute webinar, migration experts will discuss the Commission’s recommendations, what they might mean for New Zealand, and what Australia might learn from them.

Join us as we unpack the various ways that migration affects the wellbeing of existing residents, how migration policies can be better designed, and what reforms governments should make as Australia and New Zealand reopen to the world in 2022.

Time: 10am-11am AEDT
12pm-1pm NZDT

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Gail Pacheco


Gail Pacheco is a Professor of Economics and Director of the NZ Work Research Institute at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Since 2019, Gail has also been a Commissioner at the NZ Productivity Commission. She is currently leading an inquiry into migration policy. In 2019, Gail was awarded AUT’s top honour for her research, scholarship, and application of integrated data to help inform social policy and wellbeing. In 2018, she was awarded the NZIER Economics Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of economics and its applications to New Zealand.

Joanna Howe


Joanna is an expert on the legal regulation of temporary labour migration. Her edited collection Temporary Labour Migration in the Global Era (with Rosemary Owens) is the seminal international work on the regulation of transnational migration flows between countries on a temporary basis. In 2022 she was appointed by the Minister for Home Affairs as part of an expert panel to review the Australian migration program.

Henry Sherrell


Henry Sherrell is Migration Policy Deputy Program Director at the Grattan Institute. Before joining Grattan, he worked as an independent researcher focusing on Australian and international migration policy. Henry has worked for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Migration Council Australia, a federal MP, the Federal Parliamentary Library, and the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Crawford School at ANU and a Bachelor of Arts from ANU.

Brendan Coates


Brendan is the Economic Policy Program Director at Grattan Institute, where he leads our work on tax and transfer system reform, retirement incomes and superannuation, housing, macroeconomics, and migration. Brendan is a former macro-financial economist with the World Bank in Indonesia, and consulted to the Bank in Latin America. He previously worked in a number of roles with the Australian Treasury.