Australian skilled migration visa rules for Queensland relaxed
Queensland is facing growing shortages mainly in the mining and resources sectors recently, which will force the state to ease visa requirement for overseas workers, the state’s Treasurer Tim Nicholls has confirmed. He also said, that because of the boom in resources there are more jobs, however, the last financial year Queensland sponsored only 212 visas, whilst 22,247 state sponsored places were filled nationally, which is less than 1% of all visas. He explained:
“Queensland has fallen behind other Australian states and today has some of the most onerous criteria for state sponsored visas.”
Furthermore, Nichollis said that there definitely will be an engagement with the Commonwealth Government to increase the visa allocation places in the state.
The growing skill shortages in the region is a major issue which should not be underestimated. Well aware of that the state’s Treasurer assured that the state would be working with the national government to offer more visas to foreign workers in order to attract them to Queensland:
“This 2012-13 Budget initiative will support smaller mining operators, and Queensland’s exploration industry more broadly, to help grow this vital sector of the economy. This decision is a massive win for industry bodies, including the Queensland Resources Council, who wrote to Government requesting such a concession.”
The experience requirements are way much stricter than in neighboring states according to the current visa policy. If an engineer wants to live and work in Western Australia, for example, he would only require 12 months of experience, on the other hand, in Queensland the same engineer is required to have as much as seven years of experience. The difference, as you can see is huge and it is not in a favor of Queensland.
The mining industry presents an excellent economic opportunity at the moment and it is essential that Queensland takes advantage of it, said the state’s Treasurer.