02 July 2010

Australian SOL to target needed skills for the national economy

Major reform to the Australian skilled migration program that came into effect yesterday will help provide needed skills and workers for the Australian economy, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans said.

Australia Visa

Project builder is one occupation listed on the Australian SOL.

The new Australian SOL, a list of 183 highly valued occupations including managerial, professional, technical and trade occupations, will now apply to applications.

“The government's reforms to the skilled migration program are delivering the workers our economy need to the regions where there is real demand,” Senator Evans said.

“We have already seen the rate of employer and state-sponsored skilled migrants increase from 29 per cent in 2007–08 to 55 per cent this current year. And the latest figures illustrate businesses are already using the new system to recruit the skilled workers they need to meet demands in Western Australian and Queensland.”

Western Australia and Queensland have seen increases to the share of Australia Visa applicants moving to their respective states where their skills are needed.

The new Australian SOL was formulated on the advice of the independent body Skills Australia.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australia visa applications with the Australian Embassy.   

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