WA Premier Mark McGowan has followed through on his election commitment by cutting all engineering professions from the West Australian Skilled Migration Occupations List (WASMOL).
APEA has campaigned to have engineering professions removed from the Skilled Occupations List (SOL), as employment statistics from the Federal Government highlight no shortage of engineers in Australia. We’re still waiting for the outcomes of the Skilled Occupations List review which is long-overdue from the Federal Government.
APEA hope this move by Premier McGowan will be the first step of many to see engineering taken off all skilled migration lists, and the value of Australian engineers recognised and respected by all State and Federal Governments. Click here to find out more on our Skilled Occupation campaign.
See article below from SBS on McGowan’s cuts.
This article originally published by Mosiqi Acharya on SBS.com.au on the 21st June 2017. Click here to read the original.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced today that the West Australian Skilled Migration Occupations List (WASMOL) used for state nomination has been slashed.
The new list contains 18 occupations which the Premier said reflects the fields where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers.
Premier McGowan says he is making sure local tradespeople “get West Australian jobs first” after slashing the number of occupations on the skilled migration list from 178 to 18.
Among those removed from the list, which fast tracks overseas workers into the state, are various types of engineers, which were in massive demand during the mining boom.
Bricklayers, electricians, refrigeration mechanics, teachers, cafe managers, psychologists and others are also off the list, following widespread consultation, Mr McGowan said.
The only occupations left are medical professionals, including GPs and some specialist doctors and nurses.
WA’s unemployment rate has been consistently above the national rate for more than a year.
“This is about West Australian jobs first and foremost, making sure we only sponsor those people that we actually need rather than a whole range of occupations where West Australians are already out of work and need those jobs,” Mr McGowan told reporters on Wednesday.
Check out the 2017 Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupations List:
Applicants are required to provide evidence of a minimum one year full-time employment contract for all occupations on the WASMOL.
|ANZSCO code*||Skilled occupation||Eligible visas||Assessing authority||Status|
|190 visa||489 visa|
|253111||General Practitioner||ü||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253316||Gastroenterologist||ü||ü||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253323||Rheumatologist||ü||ü||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253411||Psychiatrist||ü||ü||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253513||Neurosurgeon||ü||ü||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253515||Otorhinolaryngologist||ü||ü||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253521||Vascular Surgeon||ü||ü||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253913||Obstetrician and Gynaecologist||ü||ü||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253918||Radiation Oncologist||ü||ü||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|254413||Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)||ü||ANMAC||Available|
|254414||Registered Nurse (Community Health)||ü||ANMAC||Available|
|254415||Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)||ü||ANMAC||Available|
|254422||Registered Nurse (Mental Health)||ü||ANMAC||Available|
|254423||Registered Nurse (Perioperative)||ü||ANMAC||Available|