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Australia overhauls skills shortage list

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), has stated that new changes to its skills shortage list ‘are designed to better respond to the labour market demand’.

A small number of occupations were added to the list, including production managers, metallurgists and computer engineers.

Bricklayers, floor and wall tilers, and chemists will now find it more difficult to apply for permanent residency, unless they apply for sponsorship.

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The skills shortage list contains 192 occupations which have been highlighted as being in short supply in Australia, including mechanics, stonemasons, accountants and engineers. The changes to the list form part of the wider restructuring of the visa application system that came into play on 1st July 2012.


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