10 October 2008

South Australia amends job shortage list

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The South Australian government has changed the job shortage list to reflect the current workforce shortages in the state.

The new immigration list has 10 new jobs added, while 40 jobs that were previously on the list have been removed.  Immigration South Australia revised the List of Occupations for Provisional Visa sponsorship so that it better reflects the needs of the South Australian economy.

Migrants to Australia can apply for a visa for Australia under the Australian Sponsored Work visas scheme, which allows businesses or the government to sponsor overseas workers to live and work in the country in order to fill a vacancy listed on the job shortage list.

Applications for sponsored migration to South Australia made after the 23 September 2008 will be subject to the revised list, meaning that migrants may or may not be able to now apply for sponsored migration.  Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) members have also been warned that changes to the 176 Permanent Residency List is imminent.

Immigration South Australia has justified the changes to be reflexive to labour market conditions and that the list will work to provide the South Australian economy with the skilled workers it needs most. 

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Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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