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Australian Government extends Skilled Migration Industry Outreach Officer programme.

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Kevin Andrews MP Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Australian Government extends Skilled Migration Industry Outreach Officer programme

Monday, 16 April 2007

The Australian Government has extended its Skilled Migration Industry Outreach Officer programme by 18 months and assigned officers to 25 industries around Australia.

The programme provides assistance and information to employers about temporary and permanent skilled migration.

Due to a strong economy and unemployment at a 30 year low, some Australian industries are experiencing a temporary shortage of skilled workers.

Where employers have demonstrated that they are unable to fill vacancies with local workers, Australia’s skilled migration program is an alternate source of potential employees.

It is important that employers understand the immigration process and their obligations under the programme.

The extension of the industry outreach officer initiative is one of the key strategies being used to target the Skill Stream of the Migration Program.

Industry Outreach Officers will be based in industry groups covering a wide range of industries including engineering, information technology and mining as well as state and territory Chambers of Commerce.

The network comprises of 16 industry outreach officers located in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Tasmania, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin.

The industry outreach program complements the regional outreach officer network, which assists regional employers in each state and territory.

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Media enquiries: Kate Walshe 0421 588 794

Host Organisations State/Territory

ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry ACT Association of Consulting Engineers Australia NSW Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry ACT Australian Industry Group NSW and VIC

Australian Information Industry Association ACT Business SA SA

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia WA Commerce Queensland QLD

Defence Teaming Centre Inc SA

Growcom Australia QLD

Housing Industry Association ACT

Master Builders Australia ACT

Master Plumbers Association of NSW NSW

Motor Trades Association of Australia ACT

National Farmers’ Federation NSW

Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and Industry NT Northern Territory Seafood Council NT

NSW Business Chamber NSW

Printing Industries Association of Australia NSW

Queensland Tourism Industry Council QLD

Recruitment & Consulting Services Association Ltd VIC Resources Sector Consortium (AMMA, APPEA, Minerals Council of Australia, CME WA) WA

Restaurant and Catering Australia NSW

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry TAS Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry NSW