Australia announces the priority occupations list with 17 professions.
Software engineers, nurses, and Chief Executive officers who want to work in Australia will be given exemptions to cross the borders as announced in a new skilled migration plan. The new plan will come into action to support the slowing population growth, to create jobs, and to help the Australian economy to recover from the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Federal Government of Australia has given importance to construction, technology, and health workers as there is a shortage of these skills at the local level as there is a chance of the unemployment rate reaching 13% by the end of the year.
Most of the workers belonging to the 17 professions in the new list are from the occupations of registered nurses, medical industry, psychiatrists, general practitioners, midwives, construction, project managers, chief executive officers, mechanical engineers and software engineers.
Alan Tudge, the minister for population, cities, and urban infrastructure of Australia who is also the acting immigration minister of the country, announced that the list contains the immediate priority occupations for the recovery of Australia's economy.
Mr.Tudge said, "If a person fits that category [on the list] they will get an exemption to come through the borders."
- Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
- Construction Project Manager (133111)
- Mechanical Engineer (233512)
- General Practitioner (253111)
- Resident Medical Officer (253112)
- Psychiatrist (253411)
- Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
- Midwife (254111)
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
- Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
- Registered Nurses nec (254499)
- Developer Programmer (261312)
- Software Engineer (261313)
- Maintenance Planner (312911)
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, travel restrictions were imposed on all the non-residents and non-citizens of Australia since March 20th.
According to the latest Reserve Bank forecasts, the travel restrictions will remain in place until the first half of the next year.
He said that there could be some concerns from the Australians who are more than 1 million in number, as they have lost their jobs within the first six weeks of the economy shutdown. But he said that strong immigration numbers mean strong GDP growth and per capita growth.
Getting all the Australian citizens and permanent residents back to work is the number one priority of the Australia Government, the minister said.
He also said, "Immigration is actually part of that answer of getting Australians back into work because some people are job-creating individuals." the immigrants include entrepreneur and investors who create opportunities in the form of jobs and Investments to the country.
He said, "Certainly people will be very conscious about wanting to prioritise Australians for Australian jobs and we support that 100 per cent. Migration has been obviously an important driver of population growth. That alone is a significant economic driver. But migration has also helped our participation rate and our productivity rate because we bring in young and skilled people.
It's a very significant part of Australia's economic and social success. Australia is an immigrant nation and we will return to being an immigrant nation."
The people who are coming to Australia, including skilled immigrants, are required to be quarantined per 14 days.
Mr.Tudge said, "priority in terms of caps on intakes would be given to Australians returning home before skilled migrants."
Michaelia Cash, the minister for employment skills, small and family business, said that the companies have to advertise regarding the shortage of the local workers in two national classifieds.
It is not a requirement to list the vacancies on the Federal Government website Jobactive.
Senator Cash said, "The occupations were chosen after careful analysis of recent changes to the internet vacancy index, changes in employment, and longer-term stability in the labour market for individual occupations."