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Queensland Job Expo – Attracting Skilled Workers

Australian employers will have the opportunity to promote their businesses to attract overseas workers at the Queensland Job Expo in Brisbane tomorrow, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said today.

‘Local employers will learn about the initiatives the Australian Government has introduced to attract skilled migrants to Australia to help address skill shortages,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘It is the first joint recruitment event to be run by my department and local industry since I announced an additional 20 000 places for skilled migrants for the 2005-06 Migration Program.

Senator Vanstone said it was employers who know what skills were really needed in Australia.

‘The government is working closely with industry to target the skilled migration program to help best meet the needs of the states and regions, including regional Queensland,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘Employers unable to fill skilled positions can sponsor overseas workers through programs such as the Employer Nomination Scheme, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, and the Temporary Business visa program.

‘Employers may also find skilled workers who have been sponsored by State and Territory Governments through the Skilled Independent Regional (SIR) Visa. The SIR visa is designed to attract young skilled migrants, with good language skills to areas identified by states and territories as having skill shortages,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘Skilled migration has economic and social benefits for Australia and the Australian Government has a range of initiatives to attract skilled migrants especially to regional areas.

‘The projected decline in Australia’s working age population has prompted the government to help give Australian employers a competitive advantage in recruiting overseas workers,’ Senator Vanstone.

The Expo will focus on skill shortages in the manufacturing, mining and engineering sectors.

It is presented by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs in partnership with the Australian Industry Group, Australian Mines and Metals Association, Commerce Qld and the Queensland Government Department of State Development and Innovation.

Details of Queensland Job Expo:

The Expo is being held on Tuesday 14 June at the Hilton Hotel in Elizabeth Street, Brisbane from 12:00pm – 7:00pm.

It is open to employers and skilled workers in the Australian mining, manufacturing or engineering sectors, and also welcomes members of the public.

For further information contact Sarah Gowing from DIMIA on 02 6264 3660. Information on migration initiatives can be found at

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