23 November 2010

Northern Territory State Migration Plan for Australian Visas announced

Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and Northern Territory Minister for Business and Employment, Rob Knight, have announced the Northern Territory State Migration Plan.

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Carpenter, Electrician and Nurse are just three occupations listed on the Northern Territory State Migration Plan.

The Northern Territory State Migration Plan is the third plan to be released, following the Victorian and ACT plans.

Northern Territory State Migration Plan is intended to improve the targeting of skills that are relevant and in demand in the region. Migrants who qualify under the plan can be sponsored for an Australian Visa by the Northern Territory.

“State Migration Plans will help to support the Australian economy by attracting skilled migrants who can positively contribute to our workforce,” Mr Bowen said.

“They will provide flexibility for state and territory governments to nominate skilled migrants in a broader range of occupations than are currently offered on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL),” the minister added.

Mr Knight said the plan recognises that skill needs in the Northern Territory are different to those needed in other states and territories.

“The Northern Territory Migration Plan includes 52 skills that are not on the new SOL, including a range of trade skills that have been identified as in demand.

“The Northern Territory has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Australia and is competing nationally for talent. As well as growing our own skilled workers and targeting skilled workers from interstate, we still need more skilled workers to meet future demand.

"This plan will help ensure we have the skilled workers we need to grow the Territory and be ready for major projects,” he said.

Other state plans expected to be finalised over the coming weeks. 

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australian Visa application with the Australian Embassy

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