The McGowan Government is implementing new initiatives to attract skilled migrants and international students to Western Australia to help alleviate skills shortages.
As part of the State Government’s $195 million Reconnect WA strategy, an additional 194 occupations have been added to the Graduate Occupation List – taking the total number of listed occupations to 331 – to attract more international students to study in WA.
Expansion of the Graduate Occupation List will help to attract a broad and diverse range of skills that align with the State’s current and future workforce needs.
The skilled migration pathway will also provide international students graduating in WA with the option to apply for permanent residence.
Along with prioritising applicants who are already in WA and Australia, the State Government has expanded the skilled migration criteria to allow offshore candidates to apply for WA State nomination.
The changes will simultaneously support the international education sector and add to WA’s pipeline of skilled workers in priority areas.
The new initiatives also complement strategies to address skills shortages following industry consultation at the Perth and Regional Skills Summits.
More information is available on the Migration WA website: migration.wa.gov.au.
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“Meeting Western Australia’s skilled workforce needs is a priority for the State Government, to support the State’s strong economic growth and pipeline of works.
“The WA Government’s management of COVID-19 has helped to keep the State’s economy strong and stable. With world-class education, healthy job opportunities and strong public health management, there is no better or safer place to live, work and study.
“The State Government is committed to encouraging the return of international students to WA to support our international education sector and address skills shortages in key industries.”
As stated by International Education Minister David Templeman:
“International students are an important part of the WA community – they make a positive contribution to the State’s diversity and vibrancy, and support local jobs in a variety of industries.
“Providing a skilled migration pathway is key for attracting international students to Western Australia to retain their capabilities once they have completed their studies.”