Australia-Canada Roundtable on Foreign Qualification Recognition


With support from the Australian High Commissioner to Canada and the valuable contribution of Professor Lesleyanne Hawthorne, Associate Dean International at the University of Melbourne, the Public Policy Forum (PPF) organized the Australia-Canada Roundtable on Foreign Qualification Recognition, which took place from April 12-15, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. This event received funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and a number of Australian government departments and organizations.

Like most developed countries around the world, Canada and Australia will face increasing labour market pressures due to unprecedented demographic shifts and growing competition for skilled workers. To address current and anticipated skill shortages, both countries are working to expand opportunities for skilled workers by improving qualification recognition processes to facilitate internal mobility and skilled migration. With the goal of promoting mutual learning and building stronger partnerships, the roundtable brought together close to 50 Canadian and Australian stakeholders to share improvements in overseas services and pre-arrival assessment, as well as explore opportunities for expanding mutual recognition agreements in select professions.