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Media Release

The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs


Wednesday 1 September 1999

MPS 125/99






Large-scale Australian employers are using the Government’s streamlined s killed migration program to more aggressively target migrants with information technology and telecommunications skills, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock, said today.


Speaking on the first day of the IT&T Skills Taskforce Summit in Canberra, Mr Ruddock said the Government had recently concluded a number of Labour. Agreements that provided over 1,000 temporary visas and 500 permanent visas in the IT&T sector over a three-year period.


“I am particularly pleased that a number of leading employers have recently concluded Labour Agreements sourcing skills in the IT&T industry. These Agreements allow for the streamlined entry of computing professionals who are at the forefront of the industry.


“They follow the introduction earlier this year of streamlining measures aimed at encouraging sponsoring employers and industry to make greater use of the Employer Nomination Scheme and Labour Agreements.


“Changes introduced earlier this year included minimum requirements for core criteria of skill, age and English language ability, and an enhanced points test to reflect these attributes.


“The processing of applications was also streamlined by having a relevant expert body rather than DIMA decision-makers assessing an applicant’s skills.”


The Minister said that following industry calls for an increase in the skilled migration intake, as part of the 1999-2000 Migration Program, the Government had also announced a contingency reserve of 5,000 places for skilled entrants. This will be delivered through greater use of Labour Agreements by employers and industry, and use of State-Specific Migration Mechanisms by State and Territory governments.


Only employers with a commitment to training can take advantage of Labour Agreements, to ensure that the recruitment of skilled people from overseas works to improve employment and training opportunities for Australians.



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