23 April 2008

Government to use Australian immigration to boost construction sector

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A new government proposal concerning Australian immigration could help solve the skills shortage affecting Australia’s construction industry. Australian Housing Minister Tanya Plibersek told the Sydney Morning Herald that the current construction worker shortage could hinder the government's plan to build 50,000 cheap homes over the next five years. As a result, the government says it is considering a special visa scheme for thousands of construction workers wanting to engage in Australian immigration.

Another possible government solution to the country’s need for construction workers is a new focus on attracting seasonal workers through the Australian working holiday visa stream. However, the situation appears to be fast approaching critical levels, as a recent survey revealed that 40,000 new construction workers are needed in the state of Victoria alone. Ms Plibersek also told the Sydney Morning Herald that the lack of workers is affecting the affordability of housing in the country, adding that she was "very concerned" about the shortage, saying it was spreading to related areas. Construction workers wanting to take advantage of Australian immigration can check their eligibility by completing an online Australian visa application to check their eligibility.

Australia needs skilled construction 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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