27 September 2007

Small town Australia needs skilled tradespeople with Australian visas

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Emergency meetings are being held in Australia's small towns as they struggle to deal with the shortage of skilled trades people and closing businesses as workers are drawn to the booming mining industry in Western Australia. For Britons considering making a new life for themselves and their families abroad there are many job and entrepreneurial opportunities available through Australian immigration.

Many workers have left their employment in cities and rural towns to go to the mines, where big salaries are offered. Particular shortages are in the mechanical field and there is a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople across the country.

Speaking at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in the town of Wagin, Meat & Livestock Australia representative Terry Waldron said the loss of skilled trades people is a state-wide problem, the Wagin Argus reports. "We are the victim of our own success in the mining boom, trying to get skilled or any labour is a real issue," he said.

Townspeople are remaining positive but Ian Lutz, the proprietor of a local agricultural repair shop, said that he was losing staff to the mines despite paying above award rates. Businesses are looking to recruit staff from overseas or from other states.

Mechanics and many other trades are on the Migration Occupations in Demand List (the Australian MODL), meaning that applicant for an Australian visa may be eligible for extra points in the general skilled migration points test.

Australia needs skilled tradespeople: 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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