14 April 2010

Western Australia state and industry to develop skilled migration strategy

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The Western Australian government has announced that it will work with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy to develop a Western Australia skilled migration strategy.

Australian Skilled Migration

Western Australian state and industry will work to develop a skilled migration strategy to prevent skills shortages.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier made the announcement in a statement, saying the unique partnership in a targeted approach towards Australian skilled migration.

The partnership will develop the Western Australia Skilled Migration Strategy to ensure additional labour requirements would be met and the state did not experience a skills shortage.

"While the plan will focus on maximising opportunities for all West Australians, targeted overseas and interstate migration will also be vital in alleviating the predicted future skill and labour shortages," he said.

Western Australia is entering a new era of economic growth driving by a strong resources sector, and the state-specific approach to Australian immigration will work in conjunction with the national system.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA has reported that an additional 400,000 workers would be required in Western Australia over the next 10 years, while the Chamber of Minerals and Energy has identified that an extra 26,000 workers would be needed in the resources sector alone to 2013.

The Western Australian Skilled Migration Strategy, due for release in June, will address a number of key areas:

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