Australia Visas for workers needed to help with the Queensland rebuild will be processed quickly.
28 January 2011
Fast Australia Visas for foreign workers to help Queensland rebuild
Overseas workers who can help in the Queensland food rebuild will be fast-tracked through the immigration system under new plans announced by the Australian Prime Minister.
Australia Visa approvals will now take just five days for temporary overseas workers if an employer is unable to find skilled local workers to do the job, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.
Business groups have welcomed the move as as critical to preventing a skills shortage and wage pressure as Queensland rebuilds infrastructure. The rebuild also faces competition with the mining industry for labour.
Australian Industry Group chief executive, Heather Ridout, said speeding up Australia Visa approvals ''is the right call'', and the move was also welcomed by the Business Council of Australia.
Ms Gillard said the flood recovery measures would also boost the ability of local jobseekers to fill vacancies on Queensland rebuilding projects, and the government is expanding a relocation program for the unemployed to help them get to where they are needed.
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