Migrating to Australia as an electrician

Have you been exploring the option of migrating to Australia as an electrician? The information around migrating to Australia as an electrician can be difficult to find and quite often it is more confusing rather than helpful. We have created a guide to skilled migration for electricians that will help you cut through the jungle of information on the web.

Migrating to Australia as an electrician: A guide to skilled migration for electricians

  migrating to Australia as an electrician

Here’s what you will find out about electrician Jobs in Australia

  • What is an Australian Skill Assessment?
  • Where can you take a Skill Assessment in the UK?
  • What is an English Language Test?
  • Where can you take an English Language Test?
  • How do you find Electrician Jobs in Australia?
  • What are the best cities for electrician Jobs in Australia?
  • How much do electricians get paid in Australia?
  • Free Australian Migration Assessment

Electrician jobs in Australia are still in high demand, despite the recent changes to the Australian 457 Visa program. The 457 Visa program has not actually stopped, in simple terms it is changing form to the new Temporary Skills Shortage Visas (TSS). Employers are indeed still offering sponsorship's for electricians although with the current changes it there is not a pathway to permanent residency. (find out more about the recent 457 Visa changes here) Other ways to migrate to Australia as an electrician is through the  general skilled migration program. If you emigrate to Australia under the general skilled migration program you will be entitled to work in Australia on a permanent residency visa and your partner or any dependants will be able to apply for a  spouse visa under the family migration visa type. To qualify as a skilled migrant you will need to complete a trade skill assessment  and qualify for a certain number of points that has been set by the Australian Governments immigration department, which is also known as border.gov.au. People with the specific skills and qualifications that are on the new Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List also known as MLTSSL (formally Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL)), who also reach the set number of points and criteria, may be able to emigrate to Australia as an electrician (or other trade) and secure a permanent residency visa which entitles you to work in Australia. On this page we have sourced and summarised the relevant information required for electricians who would like to emigrate to Australia.  

Here’s our guide to skilled migration to Australia for electricians

What Australian visas will electricians need to work in Australia?

What is a skilled migrant?

A skilled migrant is a person who meets the Australian governments criteria for an occupation that is ‘in demand’. Occupations that are in demand include Nurses, Electricians, Carpenters, Doctors, Engineers and more. As of 18 April 2017 the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) was replaced by the below Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) View the current skilled occupation list here. In order to qualify for skilled migration to Australia, you must nominate an occupation from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). However, if you are applying for skilled migration visa nomination by a State or Territory Government; you have the option of nominating an occupation from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

What is an Australian Skill Assessment?

The Australian Skill Assessment is a paper based skills assessment of your qualification/s and employment history to determine comparability with Australian standards for a skilled worker in your nominated occupation. Where can you take a Skill Assessment in the UK? TRA - www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/programs/migration/Pages/default.aspx Down Under Centre - www.downundercentre.com VETASSES - www.vetassess.com.au/skills-assessment-for-migration/trade-occupations

What is an English Language Test?

What is an English Language Test? Under the Australian Skilled Migration Visa Category it is mandatory to prove that you have sufficient ability in the English language to work in Australia (at least at competent level). This is measured through the International English Language Testing System. Where can you take an English Language Test? According to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, the following tests are accepted by the government.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English).

How do you find Electrician Jobs in Australia through recruitment job boards?

Hays Recruitment - www.hays.com.au Hays is the market leader in Asia Pacific and the UK and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. Hays operate across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. SEEK - www.seek.com.au Founded in 1997, SEEK has become one of the most popular job and career sites in Australia. Where applicants can find jobs by salary, location, and classification. Adzuna - www.adzuna.com.au Just like SEEK, Adzuna offers a job-finder tool, and users can sign up for specialised email alerts, job listings and find employers or jobs by sector or location.  

What are the best employers in Australia for Electricians?

UGL Limited, NSW - www.ugllimited.com/ BlueScope Steel, NSW - www.bluescopesteel.com.au/ Glencore Australia, NSW, WA, QLD - www.glencore.com.au Southern Cross Electrical Engineering, WA - www.scee.com.au/ Core Integrated Solutions, Sydney - coreis.com.au/  

What are the best cities for Electrician Jobs in Australia?

Although there has been a slight dip in recruitment in States like Western Australia electricians are still among one of the occupations in high demand. As of March 2018 electrician jobs are still in high demand in the following cities. Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin  

How much do electricians get paid in Australia?

The average wage for an Electrician in Australia is AU$30.44 per hour. Instrumentation, Fault Finding, High Voltage, Electronic Equipment Installation, and construction Skills are associated with high pay for this job.   To discover an unbiased, professional and completely honest opinion of your likelihood of success in migrating to Australia as an electrician, head to our Free Australian Visa Assessment Today!

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