16 June 2008

Western Australia in need of immigration to fill shortages

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Australian visa holders could be the key to filling shortages in the labour market in certain areas of the country. Western Australia needs 18,000 extra workers each year if it is to meet economic growth potential, Mark McGowan, the Education and Training Minister, told PowerHomeBiz.com.

The expert told the website Australian immigration could partly solve labour shortages faced by the state's workforce and businesses. The Beyond the Resources Boom report from the State Training Board said the skills shortage will also continue to grow as a result of the ageing workforce and the strengthening economy. Particular industries which need Australian visa holders include plumbing, structural construction and labouring, with high demand in the mining and construction sectors.

Many of these occupations can be found on the Migration Occupations on Demand List (MODL), which states particularly sought-after skills for Australian visa holders. The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently discussed the role of Australian immigration in filling workplace shortages in the country, at the first Skills Australia board meeting.

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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