A departmental spokesman said the Australian Government announced as part of the Budget an increase in the skilled migration program and a range of new initiatives to help meet demand for skilled migrants in regional Australia.
"The skill stream has increased by 12 000 places on 2010-11 program planning levels, to 125 850 places and policy initiatives are being implemented to assist Australian employers, businesses and regional areas to better address their skill needs," the spokesman said.
At the forums, employers can get an overview of skilled migration options or pathways available to those seeking to address skill shortages in regional and remote areas of the state across a range of industries.
Employers may also request a private consultation to discuss issues such as:
- sponsorship of overseas workers through the 457 visa program
- permanent skilled migration options such as the regional sponsored migration scheme (RSMS) and employer nomination scheme (ENS)
- employing overseas workers and checking work rights of employees
- current and future options for sourcing semi-skilled overseas workers through labour agreements and regional migration agreements.
For further information on the regional migration forums or to schedule an individual employer consultation in one of the above locations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The dates and locations for the regional migration forums are are available at http://www.newsroom.immi.gov.au/media_releases/933