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.

Camera iconOptometrists are also on the long list of high demand jobs in WA. Credit: Adobe Stock/DragonImages – stock.adobe.com

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.

WA also urgently needs panel beaters.
Camera iconWA also urgently needs panel beaters. Credit: Adobe Stock/Image’in – stock.adobe.com

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

· Paramedic

Anesthesiologist technician


Cardiac Technician


Cardiothoracic surgeon

Clinical Coder

· Clinical hematologist

· Dental technician

· Dermatologist

· Diagnostic and interventional radiologist

Specialist in emergency medicine

· Endocrinologist

Registered nurse

· Critical care paramedic

· Intensive care specialist

Medical Administrator

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

Nurse Manager

· Nursing clinical director

· Operating room technician



· Orthopedic surgeon

Orthotist or prosthetist


· Pediatric surgeon


Pathology Collector

· Pharmacy technician

· Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Rehabilitation Counselor

Renal medicine specialist

Residential care worker

Specialist doctor (general medicine)

Specialist doctors not elsewhere classified

general surgeon)

Specialist in thoracic medicine



Accommodation and Hospitality Managers, nec

· Aeronautical engineer

agricultural adviser

· Agronomist

Aeronautical Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

Aeronautical Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)

Aeronautical Maintenance Engineer (Structures)

· Architect

· A biomedical engineer

· Biotechnologist

· Butcher or manufacturer of small products

· Cable company (Data and Telecommunications)

· Chemical Engineer

Civil Engineering Technician

Community worker

· Network and IT systems engineer

· Conference and event organizer

· Customer Service Manager

· Driving instructor

School psychologist

· Draftsman in electrical engineering

Electronic Instrumentation Trades Worker (General)

· Electronic enginner

· Environmental engineer

Environmental Health Officer

· Environmental Director

Family Support Worker

· Welder

· Hairdresser

Managers of Health and Welfare Services, nec

· Human Resources Director

· ICT business analyst

· ICT Support Engineer

ICT support technicians, nec

· Industrial engineer

· Management accountant

Materials Engineer

meat inspector

Metal fitters and machinists, nec

Metallurgical or materials technician

· Mining Assistant

· Network administrator

· Network analyst

Other space scientist

Panel beater

· Purchasing Manager

· Building manager

· Quantity Surveyor

Rehabilitation Counselor

Home care worker

· Safety Inspector

· Supply and Distribution Manager

Systems analyst

· Tax accountant

· Lineman in telecommunications

· Transport company manager

Urban and regional planner

Vehicle painter

· Social worker

young worker

Michael A. Bynum