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New arrivals' small impact on job figures

New arrivals' small impact on job figures

Of the 1.1 million jobs created in the past five years, 56,000 arrived in Australia during that period, a Senate estimates hearing has been told.

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By AAP 24.10.2018 10:58 AM

Recent arrivals to Australia made up a small part of the 1.1 million jobs created in the past five years.

The figure, trumpeted by the coalition government as jobs created since they came to power in 2013, includes 540,000 people born in Australia, while another 500,000 arrived in the country at least 10 years ago.

Departmental officials were unable to answer Labor frontbencher Doug Cameron's question about how many were visa holders at a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Wednesday.

But it was indicated the number would be small with 56,000 of the 1.1 million people getting jobs arriving in Australia during the past five years.

Jobs deputy secretary Martin Hehir said the department was limited by the type of data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Senator Cameron was frustrated by the lack of clarity around visa holders.

"I think you guys are a bit confused, you're certainly confusing me. Maybe you can get your act together and come back with some definitive answers," the Labor veteran told the officials.

Liberal minister Linda Reynolds defended the public servants, saying the ABS showed over one million - or about 95 per cent - were "definitively" Australian.

Senator Cameron couldn't resist a cheeky dig back, still basking in the Liberals' chaotic leadership spill in August.

"Senator Reynolds, forgive me if I won't place any reliance on a Liberal Party minister being able to count," he said.

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