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Would-be expats warned of Australian recruitment scams

by | Jan 27, 2012

People hoping to emigrate to Australia are being warned of fraudulent recruiters offering a foot in the door of the mining industry. Australia’s resources boom has led to a serious skills shortage, particularly in Queensland and Western Australia, but experts say that jobhunters should be wary of agencies claiming they can find them employment in the sector. On Tuesday, Stirling Hinchliffe, Queensland’s minister for employment, skills and mining, issued a statement denouncing the “shonky businesses” exploiting vunerable people, usually in exchange for a hefty fee. ‘We’re hearing about a number of businesses who are overstating the level of assistance they are able to offer jobseekers’, he said. ‘These operations – usually set up online or at suburban shopping centres – offer, for a considerable fee, to include the jobseeker’s resume on an exclusive recruitment database that they claim is used by resources companies. As far as we can tell, the database is fictitious and we have no evidence to suggest that these companies have links to resources companies or their recruiters.’ Emigration advisors say that people outside Australia who want to relocate Down Under are particularly likely to fall victim to such scams, which often promise they will also lodge the application for a visa. By Leah Hyslop Article courtesy of The Telegraph

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