The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) called for submissions on the revised Skilled Migrant Category.
We support for the intention to review and revise the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC). We consider the proposed SMC is clearer and less complex than its predecessor, and this should (indeed must) contribute to shorter processing times and more certainty for migrants and employers.
We applaud the more transparent and collaborative approach that MBIE is taking in seeking to revise the SMC settings and welcome the opportunity to continue working with Officials on how the proposed SMC can be used by applicants from our profession.
We consider that the proposed SMC could provide a useful medium to long-term solution to help address the critical shortages in our profession (particularly auditors). However, given the likely timing of the SMC’s implementation (commencement in July 2023 and anticipated full operational effectiveness late in 2023), the SMC will not help address the immediate, current critical shortage of auditors.
This immediate shortage would be best addressed by including external auditors on the Green List of occupations.
We anticipate that many of the applicants from our profession seeking to use the SMC will become CA ANZ full members (through the international membership pathways that CA ANZ offers), so will likely be looking to use the points available under this category.