Mr Frydenberg appeared on Sky News Australia on Monday morning where he was asked when international borders would be eased to allow more than 200,000 visa holders to arrive Down Under.
“We want to allow skilled migrants to come to our country as well as international students sooner than later,” he said.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says easing borders to skilled workers is ‘the next natural step’. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Wayne Taylor
“It’s the natural next step following the announcements we’ve already made around Australians, citizens and permanent residents coming back without the need for quarantine.
“We’ve now got the bubble with Singapore which is in effect and the next step is in respect to skilled workers and with international students.”
The Treasurer said both skilled workers and international students play an “essential role” in Australia’s economy, with the latter “worth some $40 billion”.
“We know there are workforce shortages out there and skilled workers can play in meeting some of those shortages,” he said.
Government to ease restrictions on migrants
He then flagged jobs in hospitality, construction, mining and agriculture.
“There is a need to bring back those skilled workers. It will make our economy stronger as we recover from COVID-19,” Mr Frydenberg said.
The rollout of the vaccine booster program will also be a priority for the government to ensure a smooth reopening following coronavirus lockdowns this year and to avoid an uptake in infections during winter, as currently seen in Europe.
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Entering the final phase of the national plan allows Australia to move closer to resuming overseas travel to pre-COVID levels.
Phase D – the post-vaccination phase – is about managing COVID-19 “consistent with public health management of other infectious diseases”.
Measures may include:
Open international borders
Minimise cases in the community without ongoing restrictions or lockdowns
Boosters as necessary
Allow uncapped inbound arrivals for all vaccinated persons, without quarantine

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