Australia Updates List Of Sought-After Professions

By Editorial 11 June, 2014

Australia is to make it easier for chefs, bricklayers, and floor and wall tilers to obtain a work visa, by removing the need for an employer's sponsorship.

Australia's Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, and Michaelia Cash, who is Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, announced that the trades are to be added to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) from July. The SOL is used to assess applicants for the independent or family-sponsored points-tested work visa and for the temporary graduate (subclass 485) work stream.

Robb said that the update is in response to recommendations from the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA), which analyses labor market trends, education and training levels, migration, and general economic and demographic data. He explained: "In this case, bricklayers and tilers have been added to the list because of an increase in demand predicted for these occupations as well as a decrease in apprenticeship completions."

Cash added that there is also a shortage of chefs. Strong growth has been projected for the café and restaurant sector. She said that the changes to the SOL would be especially welcome in rural areas.

Before prospective migrants can apply for independent skilled migration, they must submit an expression of interest via SkillSelect, which allows prospective migrants to indicate that they are willing to live and work in rural Australia.

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