Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is holding a series of information sessions for people in Germany and Greece who are interested in work opportunities.
The Skills Australia Needs information sessions are on 06 October in Berlin, Germany, and 08 and 09 October in Athens, Greece.
'The information sessions will provide an opportunity for skilled workers in Germany and Greece to hear about skilled visa options and possible sponsorship and employment opportunities in Australia,' a departmental spokesman said.
Skills Australia Needs events help address current skill shortages in areas of occupational demand in Australia, particularly health care, engineering and select trade occupations.
'The department has staged these events for a number of years in various countries to provide information to skilled workers about skilled visa options for Australia, with a focus on matching skilled workers with Australian state and territory governments and employers in target occupational areas,' the spokesman explained.
'To be eligible to attend these events, interested skilled workers must have recognized qualifications and experience in one of the occupations targeted, a high level of English language ability and be under 50 years of age,' he added.
Australian employers in the fields of health care, engineering or specified trades with current job vacancies they are unable to fill through the Australian labor market, who are interested in attending are encouraged to visit the department's website to register their interest.
Meanwhile, information sessions are also being held throughout Australia to help employers looking for overseas workers. The latest round will be in the Central West where people can discuss issues face to face with DIAC and start in the week beginning September 19.
'People in regional communities have a wide variety of immigration questions, ranging from the skilled migration program which helps small business owners who can't find experienced local staff, to issues for overseas students or people who want to enquire about sponsorship of family members or citizenship,' a department spokesman said.
'While the department has a great deal of information available over the phone or on the Internet, some people may not be aware of recent policy changes or they may prefer to speak to officers face to face. These visits meet those needs,' he added.
The department particularly wants to encourage people who have been residents of Australia for a long time to consider taking the final step in their immigration journey by becoming an Australian citizen.