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THE HON KEVIN ANDREWS MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

Joint Media Release

01503

Government Revises Jobs In Demand For Migrants

A LIST of high-demand jobs which people seeking to migrate to Australia can use to increase their migration chances has been revised by the Australian Government.

Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews and Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Minister Amanda Vanstone today released the new Migration Occupations in Demand (MODL) list.

People seeking to migrate to Australia on the basis of their work skills receive bonus points under the points-tested visa categories if their occupation is on the MODL when their application is assessed.

They receive extra points if they have a confirmed job offer from an organisation that has employed at least 10 full-time people for the past two financial years.

The revised MODL comprises a small number of professional and trade occupations and no information and communication technology (ICT) specialisations.

Mr Andrews said the decision to revise the ICT component (which has previously included as many as 26 ICT specialisations) was based on research by his Department which confirmed there were no longer any shortages of ICT skills across the nation.

'The revised MODL shows the Australian Government is closely monitoring the ICT labour market and the difficulties some Australian computing professionals have finding work.,' he said.

'The global downturn in the ICT industry has affected the Australian industry and contributed to a drop in the number of temporary business visas granted to ICT workers in 2002-03 compared to the previous

year.'

Other Australian Government initiatives, such as suspending priority processing for ICT migration applications and increasing the number of points required to meet the migration passmark, are likely to further slow the entry of ICT qualified migrants and ease pressures in the labour market.

'The ICT sector is critical to the longer-term growth of the Australian economy and the Australian Government will continue, in consultation with relevant professional and industry associations, to closely monitor the ICT labour market to ensure appropriate migration arrangements are in place,' Mr Andrews said.

For further information contact:

Minister Andrews Office Felicity Dargan 0409 550 446

Minister Vanstones Office Damon Hunt 0419 691 944

12/11/2003