Skilled migrants interested in working in Australia will be able connect with potential employers with a new online service being launched on 1 July this year.
This is part of the significant reforms to the skilled migration programme which will also streamline the pathway to permanent residence for people already working in Australia on temporary 457 visas.
The employer nomination scheme (ENS) and the regional sponsored migration scheme (RSMS) will be integrated with the new skilled migrant selection register, SkillSelect.
The online SkillSelect system is a new expression of interest (EOI) approach to skilled migration, allowing skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an EOI.
“These new arrangements are designed to better respond to labour market demands and form part of ongoing reform of the skilled migration programme,” a Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) spokesman said.
“Intending migrants will be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they could be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.
“This will give the government greater control and flexibility to adjust to changes in the economy.
“Sponsors must also demonstrate they have a genuine need for the workers and that the skills required cannot be found in their region.”
From 1 July, Australia will also fast-track the pathway from the 457 visa to permanent residence under the employer-sponsored visa programme.
The DIAC officers are conducting seminars and are available for appointments with employers and employees to answer their questions about skilled migration.
The DIAC will run seminars on skilled migration visa options at:
Margaret River: 6.30pm, May 9, at the Shire offices meeting room, Wallcliffe St.
Busselton: 6.30pm, May 10, Abby Beach Resort meeting room, 595 Bussell Hwy.
Bunbury: 12pm, May 11, 10th Floor Conference Room, Bunbury Tower, 61 Victoria St.