27 September 2007

Australia Needs Skills Expos to attract Australian immigration

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Australia is working hard to attract foreign skilled workers to apply for Australian visas. A big Australia Needs Skills Expo is being held in Sydney this weekend in a bid to attract people to consider Australian immigration.

Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Kevin Andrews, commented: "Skilled migration has clear economic and social benefits for Australia and the government has a range of initiatives to attract skilled migrants, especially to regional areas. Through measures such as the Australia Needs Skills Expos, we are working with industry to help Australian employers connect with the skilled workers they need."

Unemployment in Australia is at a 30 year low and with strong economic growth and an ageing population, Australia needs more skilled workers. In particular, there is demand in the health, IT, finance, trade and hospitality sectors, and the engineering, mining, oil and gas industries.

Mr Andrews added: "I encourage overseas students, working holiday makers and other temporary residents to visit the expo to meet with employers, consulting companies, regional development boards, assessing authorities and government agencies."

People interested in Australian immigration can talk to employers interesting in sponsoring overseas workers through the employer nomination scheme, the regional sponsored migration scheme and the temporary business visa programme.

The Australia Needs Skills Expo is being held at Bayside Grand Hall, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour from 9.30am to 4pm on September 29th. Entry is free. There is also a skills expo planned for London in 2008 although the date has not yet been announced.

Australia needs skilled migrants: anyone interested in Australian immigration should complete the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa assessment to see if they qualify for skilled migration to Australia.

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