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Australia Skilled Shortage Occupations - Need to be filled by Overseas Skilled Workers

Wed, Jun 12 2019
Australia Skilled Shortage Occupations - Need to be filled by Overseas Skilled Workers

Australian employer groups always claim about having strong migration program to perceive labour shortages. Well, the data available does not support the employer group assertions.

The Productivity Commission’s 2016 Migrant Intake into Australia report overtly stated that around half of the skilled stream includes the family members of skilled migrants (secondary applicants) with around 70% of Australia’s total permanent migrant intake not actually considered ‘skilled’.

The Department of Jobs & Small Business produces an annual time series that tracks skill shortages across occupations such as managerial and professional occupations were running well below the historical average and close to recessionary levels.

The top five occupations that were under skill-shortage radar in 2017-18 were as follows:

  • Accountants
  • Software Engineers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Developer Programmer
  • Cook

Are you eligible to apply for Australia’s Skilled Shortage Occupations?

On the other hand, according to the Department of Home Affairs the Australia’s Temporary Skill Shortage issued 34,450 primary visas of which 25,620 (74%) were for professionals and managers where skill shortages are largely non-existent.

As per SBS News, the Australian government has announced reforms to Australia Point System w.e.f. 16th November 2019 to ensure better targeted towards skilled migrants.

Clearly Australia’s skilled migration program is one of the economy booster factors that allow potential migrants to come and settle in the country to contribute towards the growing economy. The different visa programs are available that you might consider for applying Australia PR.

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