Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Tuesday that he was thinking of changing the country's migration policy to address the current shortage of skilled workers.
After visiting mining officials in Karratha in Western Australia, Rudd said the new Labor government had three main objectives to provide strong foundations for the future growth of the economy.
The first priority was to ensure "robust" budget surpluses were maintained, the second was to make sure the government had planned for any skills shortages or abundances in the future and the third was improving infrastructure.
"To be blunt, that hasn't been done in recent years and we need to fix that up," the Australian Broadcasting Corporation quoted Rudd as saying in Karratha.
Rudd said the federal government must work closely with business and state and territory governments to ensure there was a long-term plan for the skills needs of the country.