Melbourne, Australia (PressExposure) December 12, 2012 -- With the current shortage for highly-skilled workers in Australia, local councils in Pilbara in Western Australia are considering applying for a Regional Migration Agreement that will allow business owners that are outside the resource industries to also bring in foreign workers. These plans have come about with the information that the Federal Government's Enterprise Migration Agreements allow mining companies to get their workers from overseas.
If these planned agreements are approved, small business owners in the retail and customer service sectors, as well as other sectors, will be allowed to sponsor both skilled and semi-skilled workers from overseas. This is according to the Pilbara Regional Council.
According to Lynne Craigie of the said council, small businesses are short of local workers because they are lured to the attractive wage figures set by the mining industry.
"There is a shortage of people, we can talk about building a Pilbara City all we like but we need to get people to come to be part of that city and I don't think they are coming from the eastern states at this point. I think we need to look further afield to see where we can get that population from," said Craigie.
She also added that wanting such agreements is not tantamount to wanting to replace the local workforce. If there are people in the local scene that can do the job, then they would not need to look elsewhere. Small businesses only want to fill the positions where there is no local person available.
The business owners in Pilbara have expressed their support of the plans as long as it is maintained that foreign workers are only a last resort.
"If they can't be filled by local people then I think it's fairly important that we keep the economy going and in some cases, in remote areas especially, we do need people," he said.
In this case, if you think you have the skills needed for the job, then you can apply for an employer sponsored visa. And since the visa application process can be daunting and frustrating at times, you might want to engage National Visas expert services in applying for the employer sponsored visa and other visa categories.