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  1. Visas and immigration
    An effective 457 temporary work (skilled) visa programme is critical to address skills shortages in Australia, it is claimed. According to the Business Council of Australia, it is also important for the development of Australia's workforce and to increase employment opportunities. The BCA...
  2. Visas and immigration
    A business lobby group in Australia is urging the Federal Government to boost the country's immigration levels by up to 15% to meet current and future skill shortages. Skill shortages are of concern in occupations requiring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills The...
  3. Jobs and work
    More details of how the Australian government plans to work with employers to bring in skilled temporary worker to cope with the country's mining boom have been released. Enterprise Migration Agreements (EMAs) are being brought in to help the resource sector meet its skills needs in the coming...
  4. Jobs and work
    Australian officials are contacting consultancies in the UK to step up their recruitment in key areas where there is a severe shortage of skilled workers. The Australian Tax Office based in Canberra has sent out a global appeal for help in filling key posts. These include data acquisition and...
  5. Jobs and work
    Western Australia is facing a period of sustained economic expansion driven by more than $220 billion of resource and infrastructure projects in the next five years creating major job opportunities. It is not just the resources sector that will be recruiting as labour needs are changing...
  6. Jobs and work
    Plans to be unveiled in The Budget to increase the number of skilled migrants allowed to enter regional Australia from 10,000 this year to 16,000 in 2011/12 to cope with the demand of a resources boom are not enough, it is claimed. Treasurer Wayne Swan wants to increase the skilled migrant...
  7. Education
    Lack of skilled workers in Australia is threatening the nation's future economic growth and prosperity and sweeping changes are needed to address the problem, according to the country's independent skills and workforce advisory body. It is estimated that Australia will need an additional 2.4...
  8. Jobs and work
    Australia is encouraging retired people to go back to work as falling migration and sliding population figures are creating a skilled crisis shortage. The country is already seeking ways of encouraging more skilled workers from overseas but it is not enough, according to Treasures Wayne Swan...
  9. Jobs and work
    Australia's population growth is slowing at a time when the need for workers is galloping, which is expected to lead to a situation where businesses face a struggle to find suitably qualified workers, according to research from PKF chartered accountants. Its annual Business and Population...
  10. Jobs and work
    Despite being determined to provide more training opportunities for Australians, the state of West Australia has confirmed that it still needs skilled workers from overseas, some half a million in the next decade. The state government says its top priority is to provide training opportunities...
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