WA’s priority occupation list increased in bid to attract more foreign workers to fix skills shortage - Fix Bdsthanhhoavn

WA’s priority occupation list increased in bid to attract more foreign workers to fix skills shortage

More than 100 jobs will be added to WA’s priority occupation list as part of bid to try and entice foreign workers to fill a raft of gaping holes in the State.

Driving instructors, hairdressers, butchers, panelbeaters, property managers and staff from just about every branch of the medical profession are in hot demand in WA as the State suffers from a dire skills shortage.

The West Australian reports the McGowan Government will also slash red tape to make it even easier for overseas workers to get a visa for WA.

While the Federal Government sets the minimum visa requirements for overseas workers using a points-based system, each State is able to apply additional criteria.

WA will bin its current $200 application fee and halve the requirement for 12-month employment contract for workers coming to Perth.

Optometrists are also on the long list of jobs in hot demand in WA.
Camera IconOptometrists are also on the long list of jobs in hot demand in WA. Credit: AdobeStock/DragonImages – stock.adobe.com

Skilled migrants moving to regional WA 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 resettlement costs.

Instead, they will just need to show they have “sufficient funds appropriate to their application”.

The changes will be implemented over the next month.

Workers applying for professional or managerial jobs, who must currently achieve “proficient” English, will have the bar lowered to “competent” — the same as for every other occupation.

WA is also in urgent need of panelbeaters.
Camera IconWA is also in urgent need of panelbeaters. Credit: AdobeStock/Image’in – stock.adobe.com

Premier Mark McGowan said the lowered entry requirements were a result of feedback received during his recent trip to Europe, the UK and Qatar.

“While temporary, these wholesale changes allow us to adapt and provide agile responses to the changing labour market conditions which are being felt right across the globe,” he said.


Added to the WA Skilled Migration Occupation ListMedical

· Ambulance Officer

· Anaesthetic Technician

· Anaesthetist

· Cardiac Technician

· Cardiologist

· Cardiothoracic surgeon

· Clinical Coder

· Clinical Haematologist

· Dental Technician

· Dermatologist

· Diagnostic and interventional radiologist

· Emergency medicine specialist

· Endocrinologist

· Enrolled Nurse

· Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic

· Intensive Care Specialist

· Medical Administrator

· Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

· Medical laboratory scientist

· Medical Laboratory Technician

· Medical Oncologist

· Medical Practitioners not elsewhere classified

· Medical Radiation Therapist

· Medical Technicians not elsewhere classified

· Nurse Educator

· Nurse Manager

· Nursing Clinical Director

· Operating Theatre Technician

· Ophthalmologist

· Optometrist

· Orthopaedic surgeon

· Orthotist or prosthetist

· Osteopath

· Paediatric surgeon

· Paediatrician

· Pathology Collector

· Pharmacy Technician

· Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

· Rehabilitation Counsellor

· Renal Medicine Specialist

· Residential Care Officer

· Specialist Physician (General Medicine)

· Specialist Physicians not elsewhere classified

· Surgeon (General)

· Thoracic Medicine Specialist

· Urologist


· Accommodation and Hospitality Managers, nec

· Aeronautical Engineer

· Agricultural Consultant

· Agricultural Engineer

· Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

· Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)

· Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)

· Architect

· Biomedical Engineer

· Biotechnologist

· Butcher or Smallgoods Maker

· Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)

· Chemical Engineer

· Civil Engineering Technician

· Community Worker

· Computer Network and Systems Engineer

· Conference and Event Organiser

· Customer Service Manager

· Driving Instructor

· Educational Psychologist

· Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

· Electronic instrument trades worker (general)

· Electronics Engineer

· Environmental Engineer

· Environmental Health Officer

· Environmental Manager

· Family Support Worker

· Fitter-Welder

· Hairdresser

· Health and Welfare Services Managers, nec

· Human Resource Manager

· 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

· Mine Deputy

· Network Administrator

· Network Analyst

· Other Spatial Scientist

· Panelbeater

· Procurement Manager

· Property Manager

· Quantity Surveyor

· Rehabilitation Counsellor

· Residential care officer

· Safety Inspector

· Supply and Distribution Manager

· Systems Analyst

· Taxation Accountant

· Telecommunications linesworker

· Transport Company Manager

· Urban and Regional Planner

· Vehicle Painter

· Welfare Worker

· Youth Worker

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