12 February 2008

Tourism staff shortages could encourage Australian immigration

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Widespread staff shortages in the Australian tourism industry could be good news for people considering Australian immigration. Businesses in the eastern states, in particular, are looking for workers to fill the gaps created by the skills shortage. The shortage is said to be affecting tour operators and travel agents, and has been a growing problem for the past 18 months.

Companies are resorting to headhunting graduates within the country in order to attempt to fill shortages. Cathy Turner, a lecturer for AFTA Travel and Tourism College SA said: "From all of our groups last year, in excess of 80 per cent had jobs within two weeks of graduating." According to a survey, the tourism industry in Australia needs 42,000 employees by 2015. People looking to get into the tourism industry in Australia could be eligible for a range of visas from the Australian sponsored visa, to the Australian spouse and family visas.

More than 250 academics recently met to discuss the problems with the tourism industry in Australia, exploring issues such as the training needs of the industry.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian 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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