Hawthorn, Victoria Australia (PressExposure) October 18, 2006 -- Officials from more than 25 Australian companies as well as representatives from every state and territory government are en-route to the UK today to prepare for a three-city series of expos, designed to attract potential skilled migrants to Australia.
Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs officials in Canberra and London are coordinating the expos which will be staged in London, Manchester and Dublin this month.
The Australia Needs Skills expo is part of a global campaign to recruit nearly 100 000 skilled workers to Australia this financial year.
Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Amanda Vanstone said the expos would connect skilled workers in the UK and Ireland with Australian employers and state and territory representatives who are attending.
"The expos bring employers and employees together," Senator Vanstone said.
"Employers will meet people with the skills and experience they need, while skilled workers will have the opportunity to learn about visas and employment opportunities in Australia."
More than 99 000 people have migrated to Australia since 2001 from the UK and Ireland.
"British and Irish skilled workers have demonstrated they have the right skills, qualifications and experience that Australia is seeking," Senator Vanstone added.
"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.
"Through these expos, the Australian Government is working with industry to help Australian employers access the skilled labour they need."
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.
Last year, more than 16 000 people attended the skills expos in the UK, Europe and India as well as in Melbourne and Perth.
The Australia Needs Skills expos will be held in London, October 14-15, Manchester, October 17-18 and Dublin October 21-22.
- Senator Amanda Vanstone, Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs