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Immigration Officially Prioritising Overseas Skilled Migrants in 3 Sectors

Many industry sectors in Australia are still feeling the burden of not being able to recruit skilled talent, which is having drastic repercussions throughout the economy this year. The Home Affairs Minister Claire O'Neil has announced that skilled migrants from overseas, particularly in the health, education and aged care sectors, will be prioritised.

We can already see this with some occupations being issued invitations for the federal skilled migration program (i.e. the 189 visa), while almost 200 other skilled occupations are ignored. If we look at the list of occupations that are being prioritised, it gives us some insight to the industries that the government believes is hurting the most, or will have the biggest impact on our economic recovery:

Agricultural Consultant

Occupational Therapist

Agricultural Scientist



Speech Pathologist

Environmental Consultant

Misc Medical Practitioners


Registered Nurse

Early Childhood Teacher

Social Worker

University Lecturer

These sectors are no doubt critical to our community, but is the government doing the right thing taking such a focused approach when many more sectors still crying out for more skilled candidates?

It's also interesting for employers to note that even if this program becomes more relaxed, this program brings skilled migrants that have no obligation to any particular occupation, state, or employer. As skilled migration inevitably ramps up, it's worth considering how employers will remain in the sights of these newly-arrived skilled migrants. Or would targeting candidates from overseas and sponsoring them remain a more certain recruitment process?


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