Western Australia to bring more workers from overseas

14:57, July 19, 2011      

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Australia will adjust immigration laws to bring more workers from overseas to help businesses in resources-rich Western Australia (WA) state plug a skills gap, Federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen announced on Tuesday.

Bowen noted that a record 403 billion U.S. dollars in mining investment was expected to lead to a shortage of 36,000 skilled workers in WA's mining sector by 2015. WA as a whole expects a shortage of 150,000 skilled workers in 2017.

While WA is facing a big shortage of skilled workers for its resource and infrastructure projects, Bowen said Perth of WA will be listed under Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme to make it easier for WA employers to recruit semi-skilled workers from overseas, and help these overseas skilled workers to transit to permanent residency in Australia.

"What it means is that it will be easier for employers to get semi-skilled workers, particularly people who are already in Australia under 457 visas and to help them transit to permanent residency," he said at a skilled migration conference organised by the mining industry in Perth on Tuesday.

"There are concessions under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme and we do prioritise applications under that scheme."

In its May Federal budget, the government said it would try to ease a shortage of skilled workers by lifting skilled migration from 10,000 to 125,850.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
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