11 January 2008

Western Australia wants an Australian immigration boost

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The state of Western Australia enjoyed 12 per cent economic growth in 2007 but future growth is threatened by labour shortages, according to economists. The state Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) is highlighting the need for more skilled workers through Australian immigration.

"If measures are not adopted to boost the labour force, labour shortages have the potential to significantly impact on the ability of the economy to sustain its growth," commented CCI chief economist John Nicolaou. The CCI's Economic Compass report warns of the risk the labour shortage could limit investment and growth.

There is a backlog of major infrastructure projects in the pipeline. Almost A$13 billion worth of engineering construction projects were outstanding as of September 2007. Business investment valued at A$8.4 billion was spent on projects in the state in the third quarter. Both exports and imports are surging as the state extracts its vast mineral resources and buys machinery and equipment.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australia skilled visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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