WA’s list of priority occupations increased in a bid to attract more overseas workers to address skills shortage
More than 100 jobs will be added to WA’s list of priority occupations as part of a bid to entice foreign workers to fill a string of gaping holes in the state.
Driving instructors, hairdressers, butchers, panel beaters, property managers, and personnel from almost every branch of the medical profession are in high demand in WA as the state suffers from a severe skills shortage.
western australia reports that the McGowan government will also reduce red tape to make it even easier for foreign workers to obtain a visa for WA.
While the federal government sets minimum visa requirements for foreign workers using a points-based system, each state is able to apply additional criteria.
WA will scrap its current application fee of $200 and cut the 12-month employment contract requirement in half for workers coming to Perth.
Skilled migrants moving to the WA region will no longer need an employment contract at all, and workers will no longer need to prove they have $20,000 in the bank to cover relocation costs.
Instead, they will simply have to show that they have “sufficient funds suitable for their request”.
The changes will be implemented over the next month.
Workers applying for professional or management jobs, who currently need to have “proficient” English, will see the bar lowered to “proficient” – as with all other professions.
Prime Minister Mark McGowan said the reduced entry requirements resulted from feedback received during his recent trip to Europe, the UK and Qatar.
“Although temporary, these massive changes allow us to adapt and provide agile responses to the changing labor market conditions that are being felt around the world,” he said.
Added to WAMedical’s list of skilled migration occupations
· Clinical hematologist
· Dental technician
· Diagnostic and interventional radiologist
Specialist in emergency medicine
· Critical care paramedic
· Intensive care specialist
Medical diagnostic radiographer
· Medical laboratory scientist
· Medical laboratory technician
· Medical oncologist
Practitioners not elsewhere classified
· Medical radiation therapist
Medical technicians not elsewhere classified
· Nurse Educator
· Nursing clinical director
· Operating room technician
· Orthopedic surgeon
Orthotist or prosthetist
· Pediatric surgeon
· Pharmacy technician
· Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Renal medicine specialist
Residential care worker
Specialist doctor (general medicine)
Specialist doctors not elsewhere classified
Specialist in thoracic medicine
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers, nec
· Aeronautical engineer
Aeronautical Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
Aeronautical Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
Aeronautical Maintenance Engineer (Structures)
· A biomedical engineer
· Butcher or manufacturer of small products
· Cable company (Data and Telecommunications)
· Chemical Engineer
Civil Engineering Technician
· Network and IT systems engineer
· Conference and event organizer
· Customer Service Manager
· Driving instructor
· Draftsman in electrical engineering
Electronic Instrumentation Trades Worker (General)
· Electronic enginner
· Environmental engineer
Environmental Health Officer
· Environmental Director
Family Support Worker
Managers of Health and Welfare Services, nec
· Human Resources Director
· ICT business analyst
· ICT Support Engineer
ICT support technicians, nec
· Industrial engineer
· Management accountant
Metal fitters and machinists, nec
Metallurgical or materials technician
· Mining Assistant
· Network administrator
· Network analyst
Other space scientist
· Purchasing Manager
· Building manager
· Quantity Surveyor
Home care worker
· Safety Inspector
· Supply and Distribution Manager
· Tax accountant
· Lineman in telecommunications
· Transport company manager
Urban and regional planner
· Social worker