14 December 2007

Treasurer talks of addressing the skills shortage and Australian visas

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The new Australian treasurer has highlighted the severity of the country's skills shortage in his first official speech. Wayne Swan spoke at an Australian Industry Group lunch in Sydney yesterday and reiterated the new Labor government's campaign promise to address the tight Australian job market.

Labor has also promised $31billion in tax cuts, fiscal discipline and quality spending to head off rising inflation. The booming Australian economy offers many opportunities for Britons with Australian visas.

Mr Swan described the business environment as having "endemic skill shortages" and said the promised tax cuts should help lift the labour supply. "I cannot talk to a business in this country that is not talking about labour-supply or skills-shortage problems," he said.

Two key approaches of the new federal government will be to take steps to address the labour shortages and to work with the states to increase investment in infrastructure and human resources. The treasurer expressed concern that the skills shortage would cause productivity to fall.

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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