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Helping Aussie Businesses Find Skilled Workers

22 September 2006

With ocean views, above award pay rates and a reputation as one of Sydney’s must-visit restaurants, Bathers’ Pavilion should be inundated with chefs eager to create inspired meals in its kitchens.

However, as celebrity chef and owner Serge Dansereau has found, attracting qualified chefs is hard work. That is why he is attending the Australia Needs Skills Expo at Sydney’s Town Hall, George Street on Saturday, which is open from 9.30am until 4pm.

“I hope to find new chefs, as we have little success advertising to fill positions. The Expo will open us up to different people in the market, because if they are coming to the Expo, they are looking for a job,” Mr Dansereau said.

He already has several staff from overseas and likes what they bring to his Balmoral Beach eatery, which he describes as like a little United Nations.

The Skills Expo has been organised by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) to put overseas students, backpackers and other temporary residents in Sydney in touch with potential employers, who are desperate to employ suitably qualified staff.

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone said with Australia’s economy booming, skilled workers were much needed.

“Skilled migration has clear economic and social benefits for Australia and the Australian Government has a range of initiatives to attract skilled migrants, especially to regional areas,” Senator Vanstone said.

“Through these expos, the Australian Government is working with industry to help Australian employers access the skilled labour they needed.

“Employers unable to fill skilled positions can sponsor overseas workers through programmes such as the Employer Nomination Scheme, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, and the temporary business visa programme.

“I encourage overseas students, working holiday makers and other temporary residents, especially those who are skilled in a trade, engineering or the health sector, to visit the Expo.”

DIMA is presenting the Sydney expo with its strategic partners the NSW State Government, the NSW Community Relations Commission and the NSW Department of State and Regional Development. Representatives from more than 50 exhibitors will be available to discuss employment opportunities and skilled migration information seminars will be held


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throughout the day.

Last year, more than 16,000 people attended the skills expos in the UK, Europe and India as well as in Melbourne and Perth. See:

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