29 July 2008

Regional Australia looks to attract more skilled migrants

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Talks about immigration in the Armidale region of Australia have been held by the Department of Immigration to help businesses attract skilled Australian visa holders to the area. Businesses gathered together to discuss tactics on attracting more skilled migrants to the region, with some firms saying the lack of foreign workers is hampering their growth, reports ABC.net.

Christine Kennedy from the Moonbi-based Andromeda Industries Group said the skills shortages from a lack of Australian visa holders in the region are preventing the firm from being able to work as effectively as possible. In the meeting, which was hosted by the Northern Inland Regional Development Board, she said the effects on businesses were being felt.

We're looking at getting into the aeronautical component making and the joint Striker Force Program for the defence department. I'm sure we won't be the only ones in regional New South Wales looking for people with these experiences," Ms Kennedy told the source. Senator Chris Evans, the Immigration and Citizenship Minister, has said recently that states should be given more power to sponsor Australian immigrants to the region.

Australia needs skilled 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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