26 September 2023

New register to attract skilled migrants

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The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWDWA) has launched a new register aimed at attracting workers to key industries in the State.

Free and accessible through the Migration WA portal, the Skilled Migrant Employment Register has been designed to help skilled migrants settle in the State, while giving employers visibility of new talent.

In a statement, DTWDWA said the Register would also support regional employers by linking migrants who indicate preferred employment in regional areas to employment opportunities in those areas.

“In addition, six more building and construction occupations have been added to WA’s Skilled Migration Occupation List to support the continued high level of activity in the sector,” the Department said.

“These include project builders, surveyors, building inspectors, building and engineering technicians, roof tilers and air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics.”

Announcing the new Register, Premier, Mark McGowan said the State’s strong economy continued to require skilled labour in a diverse range of industries.

“These measures are another important, proactive step to address these issues,” Mr McGowan said.

“The new Register will provide an opportunity for employers to connect with skilled migrants, identifying the capabilities they need, and adding to the pipeline of skilled workers in demand.”

He said the further expansion of the skilled occupation list to attract more in-demand building and construction workers would assist with the sector’s significant workforce needs.

“Western Australia has had one of the strongest performing economies in the world throughout the pandemic and these measures will help deliver the additional capacity our industries need to continue to deliver benefits for our State,” the Premier said.

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