Chociaz system przyznawania wiz na pobyt staly w kategorii "skilled migrant"
sie nie zmienil, aby przyspieszyc procedure powstana lokalne centra oceniania
umiejetnosci w preferowanych zawodach (centra beda w krajach, gdzie jezyk
angielski jest jezykiem rodzimym, urzedowym lub czesto uzywanym: w Indiach, Sri
Lance, Filipinach, RPA i Anglii). Na liscie poszukiwanych zawodow sa elektrycy,
mechanicy samochodowi, stolarze, budowlani, hydraulicy, fryzjerzy, mechanicy
specjalizujacy sie w klimatyzacji i urzadzeniach mrozacych. Artykul ponizej:
Skills crisis: migrants get fast-tracked
October 4, 2006
AUSTRALIAN companies will be given the task of screening the skills of new
overseas recruits in their home countries under a Federal Government scheme to
fast-track the supply of labour in areas where there are shortages.
Despite criticism that business is increasingly relying on overseas labour, the
Government is stepping up its effort to attract skilled workers from abroad.
The workers will be funnelled through offshore skills assessment centres. These
will be set up in countries that the Government believes have the greatest
potential for providing workers who can fill existing skills shortages in
They include India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, South Africa and Britain. The
centres will target people in trades where there are critical shortages. These
include electricians, motor mechanics, carpenters and joiners, bricklayers,
plumbers, hairdressers and refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics.
A spokesman for the Minister for Workplace Relations, Kevin Andrews, said the
system was part of a "new national approach to skills recognition" that the
state and federal governments agreed on this year.
The executive director of TAFE Directors Australia, Martin Riordan, said the
idea was a "good short-term opportunity" but that more needed to be done
to "align skills migration with skills training in Australia".
Mr Riordan said the Government should invest more in attracting overseas
students to vocational education centres in Australia in the same way they
lured overseas university students.
The Government wants its new offshore skills assessment centres to be in place
by the middle of next year.
They would not require any change to the existing migration system but would
mean people applying to come to Australia as skilled workers would have their
capabilities assessed in their native countries. At the moment they must send
paperwork to Australia for assessment. Only registered training organisations
will be considered as candidates to run the new centres, according to tender
documents put out by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.
The Government has been forced to defend what is frequently referred to as a
skills crisis: a declining number of workers in particular areas that compels
employers to look overseas for employees.
The Australian Industry Group estimates there will be a shortfall of 240,000
workers with vocational qualifications over the next decade even after
projections of skilled migrants have been taken into account.
The latest skills report from the Department of Employment and Workplace
Relations lists 99,600 vacancies for skilled workers. This includes 16,900
positions for labourers, factory and machine workers and 11,400 positions for
people trained in food, hospitality and tourism.
The Reserve Bank has been warning for some time that lack of skilled workers
could slow economic growth and inflate wages.
Last month the Minister for Immigration, Amanda Vanstone, defended the numbers
of skilled migrants, saying it was "not overstating it to say that skilled
migrants are the engine room of the economy".
A further eight occupations were added to the Department of Immigration's
Migration Occupations in Demand List last month, including child-care workers,
surveyors and electrical and mechanical engineers.
The Opposition education spokeswoman, Jenny Macklin, said proper assessment was
vital to stop the rorting of the 457 temporary visa program.
Mr Riordan said: "The system is skewed in favour of two-year courses like
cooking, which has resulted in a huge influx of students to fast-track
permanent residency. We recommend a review of other trade courses if we are to
be serious about tackling skills shortages."