14 August 2008

'More categories' for skilled visas needed

The temporary skilled migration visa for Australia should be extended to different types of workers, according to a project development group. Wal King, chief executive of Leightons, said the Federal Government should broaden the migration scheme to include a wider variety of skilled workers, ABC News reports.

He said that some workers are not allowed into the skilled migration scheme despite there being a shortage of specific skills, citing truck drivers as one such group. "The labour market should be completely opened up and by 457 programs right across the board, or certainly if not right across the board, down to areas that I would call semi-skilled such as truck drivers," Mr King told the news provider.

It was reported last month the number of people applying for a temporary Australian visa increased, according to figures from the Department of Immigration. The Australian reported applications rose from below 46,700 to above 58,000. The finance and insurance industry saw the highest number of applicants in the year 2006-07.

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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