Many regions of Australia are growing their economies and continued growth is heavily dependent on attracting skilled migrants to fill vacant positions. Australia was one of the few developed countries to have avoided going into recession and the unemployed rate is currently half that of the UK and US at just 5.3 per cent in March 2010.
Despite a 14% cut in the Australia migration program last year the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship recognises that there are still critical skill shortages in many industries across Australia and has kept the skill stream figure for the period 2009/10 at a healthy 108,100, just slightly less than the 108,540 people who arrived in Australia under the skill stream in the period 2007/08. It is to be seen in the next couple of months how the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship will change the program for the 2010/2011 period - but many Australian employers are hoping the department will continue to aid the flow of skilld overseas candidates into the country.
The Australia and New Zealand Banking group (ANZ) regularly measure the number of jobs advertised in the major daily newspaper and internet sites covering the capital cities each month. These reports have historically proved to be good indicators of the future labour market conditions and are relied upon for forecasting employment growth.
Their most recent survey shows employers becoming more confident about the economic outlook with job ads up eight per cent in March compared to the same time a year ago. ANZ chief economist Warren Hogan said "This month's continuation in job ads growth suggests labour demand is strengthening in early 2010 and confirms the rapid improvement in economic conditions in Australia over the past six months."
At this current time skills shortages exist in most of the capital cities for:
Audiologist, Dentist, General Practitioner, Secondary School Teachers ( Maths, Science and Technology), Mechanics, Midwifes, High level IT professionals, Occupational Therapists, Radiographers, radiologists, Registered Nurses and Sonographers.
Employer sponsorship opportunities exist for temporary contracts and highly qualified professionals with niche experience. Visit our Employer Sponsorship page to see current opportunities where sponsorship is available.
Victoria located in the south east of Australia is roughly the size of Britain and all regions are in easy reach of the metropolitan district of Melbourne. The Victoria migration unit are actively seeking skilled migrants to move to the region to fill skill shortages across the spectrum from Pastry chef's and Butchers to teachers and welders. Vacancies exist in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Grampians-Pyrenees, Goulburn-Murray, Horsham, Mildura, Swan Hill, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga.
Geelong with its 137,220 strong population is Victoria’s second largest city situated on the Coast 72km from Melbourne and surrounded by some of Victoria’s most beautiful landscapes. Geelong offers the perfect Australian lifestyle with its mix of inner city, suburban, coastal and rural areas together with a strong economy, employment opportunities, state-of-the-art healthcare and educational resources and a vibrant multicultural community.
Opportunities in Geelong currently exist for key medical professionals including Nurses, Radiographers/Sonographers, Health Information managers, Theatre Technicians, GPs, Podiatrists, Bio-medical Engineers, Pharmacists, Dentists, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists and Speech Pathologists.
Ballarat is Victoria’s largest inland city just 110km from Melbourne. It's beautiful Victorian buildings and wide, tree-lined streets serve as a reminder of the town's proud history as a major source of wealth and employment for Victoria. Ballarat offers people a rich heritage, contemporary urban lifestyle and a diverse range of outdoor activities as well as schools at all education levels including two universities.
As one of Australia's fastest growing cities Ballarat's economic growth depends heavily on finding skilled migrants to fill vacancies for GPs, Medical specialists, Allied Medical Professionals, Engineers, Accountants, Urban and Regional planners and Computer Programmers.
Sponsorships are available for people who meet the criteria set by the Victoria Government. If you are interested in sponsorship in the state of Victoria you should speak with a MARA registered migration agent or visit http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/
To find job opportunities in regional Victoria visit our Job Portal where you can view over 60,000 jobs online and upoad your CV to make your details visible to over 550 recruiters and employers across Australia. If you are looking for sponsorship our Sponsored Employment Page contains an up-to-date list of vacancies in the Victoria Region where sponsorship is available for overseas candidates.
Many areas of Western Australia also have critical skill shortages. Western Australia has led the nation in economic growth with its diverse and internationally competitive economy in the last 10 years. There are currently opportunities in regional Western Australia for plumbers, mechanics, bricklayers, carpenters, bakers, chefs, teachers, engineers, urban and regional planners and allied health workers to name but a few.
According to a report published on 15th April 2010 the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia (CCIWA), an additional 400,000 workers will be required in WA over the next 10 years. Over 26,000 of these workers would be needed in the resources sector alone.
All the regions of Western Australia are currently looking for overseas workers to fill their skill shortages.
The Wheatbelt region comprises an area almost two thirds the size of the UK at 155,000 square kilometres . The region sits below Perth in the mid south-west of the region and is home to more than 72,000 people making it the third most heavily populated region in the State. The Wheatbelt region has extensive educational, health, recreational and cultural services and also offers affordable housing and business premises.
Opportunities currently exist for Abattoir Workers, Accountants, Diesel Mechanics, Electricians, Heavy Machinery Mechanics and Registered Nurses.
Peel is the fastest growing region in Western Australia and lies immediately south of the Perth Metropolitan area. It covers an area of 5,600 square kilometres and includes more than 130 square kilometres of estuary and inland waterways. It is a region of incredible contrasts with beaches bordering the Indian Ocean, a large expanse of forests and rolling farmland.
The population of Peel is expected to double over the next 10 years as major investment takes place in natural resources and infrastructure projects. Skill shortages currently exist in the area for Bricklayers, Carpenters, Chefs, Electricians, GPs Motor Mechanics, Registered Nurses, Urban and Regional Planners and Welders.
Sponsorships are available for people who meet the criteria. If you are interested in sponsorship in the state of Western Australia you should speak with a MARA registered migration agent or visit http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/
To find job opportunities in Western Australia use our Job Portal where you can view over 60,000 jobs online and upoad your CV to make your details visible to over 550 recruiters and employers across Australia. If you are looking for sponsorship our Sponsored Employment Page contains an up-to-date list of vacancies in the Western Australia region where sponsorship is available for overseas candidates.
South Australia is enjoying steady employment with skilled jobs available in many industry sectors. What’s more, it has an enviable lifestyle with a mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches, world-class wineries and an abundance of cafés and restaurants.
The capital city, Adelaide, offers a Mediterranean climate with beautiful beaches, year round festivals and sport, world-class wineries, cafés and restaurants. In Adelaide, you and your family may be able to afford a bigger house with a smaller mortgage and benefit from affordable education in quality schools and a choice of four top universities. Unemployment is low and with the economy steady, there are job opportunities in a variety of industries.
South Australian hospital medical teams are acknowledged and respected throughout Australia and the world. Opportunities exist in metropolitan and outer metropolitan General Practice, rural and remote General Practice and Hospital Medical Practice. South Australia needs nurses and midwives, dentists, radiographers and Sonographers for both metropolitan and country sites.
If you work in defence Adelaide, the capital city, is the defence capital of Australia and recently made history upon winning the largest defence project in the country.
South Australia is also renowned for its mining and energy. With billions of dollars in projects it is forecast that many mining jobs will be created over the next few years.
There are also good opportunities in the building and construction industry for skilled workers in many regional locations either as employees or as self-employed contractors.
Sponsorships are available for people who meet the criteria. If you are interested in sponsorship in the state of South Australia you should speak with a MARA registered migration agent or visit
To find job opportunities in the South Australia Region use our Job Portal where you can view over 60,000 jobs online and upoad your CV to make your details visible to over 550 recruiters and employers across Australia. If you are looking for sponsorship our Sponsored Employment Page contains an up-to-date list of vacancies in the South Australia Region where sponsorship is available for overseas candidates.
Tasmania - Australia's island state - lies 42 degrees south of the equator and less than one hours flight from mainland Australia. Consisting of one main island along with a number of smaller, unpopulated islands, Tasmania is located in the temperate zone of the southern hemisphere and is a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, spectacular wilderness and sparkling highland lakes.
Tasmania’s capital city Hobart, offers a diverse lifestyle with restaurants offering fantastic, fresh seafood and produce with a clear focus on gourmet living, friendly bars, and shopping, all within a short drive to some of the world’s greatest natural heritage.
Tasmania's spectacular scenery, friendly people and relaxed lifestyle make it a great place to live.
With a population of 500,000 Tasmanias major industries include Food and Beverage, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Services, Mining, Tourism, Forestry and Mining.
Opportunities currently exist for medical and allied health professionals, Civil Engineers, Construction tradespersons, Motor and Diesel Mechanics, Chefs and Accountants.
Sponsorships are available for people who meet the criteria. If you are interested in sponsorship in the state of Tasmania you should speak with a MARA registered migration agent or visit
To find job opportunities in the Tasmania Region use our Job Portal where you can view over 60,000 jobs online and upoad your CV to make your details visible to over 550 recruiters and employers across Australia. If you are looking for sponsorship our Sponsored Employment Page contains an up-to-date list of vacancies in the Tasmania Region where sponsorship is available for overseas candidates.
Queensland's regions and Australia as a whole have skills shortages in a wide variety of occupations. The diverse economy and sustained growth of Queensland's regions have led to a demand for major infrastructure projects across the State and engineering is one of the top skills required in Queensland.
The Central West Queensland region generates around 40 per cent of the state's coal production and about 14 per cent of its agricultural production. Construction in the region is currently booming with significant demand for construction workers.
There are around 1,490 businesses located in the region, with the largest concentration of business numbers (almost 47%) in the agricultural and forestry industries, followed by the retail trade industry (8.4%).
The Mackay Whitsunday regional economy continues to grow at rates that outstrip even the State of Queensland. This high level of economic activity in the Mackay Whitsunday region is primarily driven by black coal mining, agribusiness (sugar, beef, broad acre cropping and horticulture) and tourism. Secondary industries such as meat and sugar processing, commercial and residential construction, marine, transport and storage, retail, property, business services and education are also thriving. The regional labour market is tightening and the following types of skilled workers are currently in high demand:
Accountants, Automotive electricians, Bakers, Building tradespeople (bricklayers, cabinetmakers, carpenters and joiners, plasterers), Chefs and cooks, Construction project managers, Dentists, Engineers (civil, electrical, mechanical, mining, production and plant), Fitters and turners, Electrical and electronic tradespeople, Hairdressers, Human resource manager, Metal fabricators and machinists, Motor mechanics, Nurses and midwives, Painters and decorators, Panel beaters, Pastry cooks, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Plumbers, Production managers (mining), Radiographers, Refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanics, Sheetmetal workers, Surveying and cartographic surveyors, Urban and regional planners, Veterinarians, Wall and floor tillers, Welders, Youth workers
Sponsorships are available for people who meet the criteria. If you are interested in sponsorship in the state of Queensland you should speak with a MARA registered migration agent or visit:
To find job opportunities in the Queensland Region use our Job Portal where you can view over 60,000 jobs online and upoad your CV to make your details visible to over 550 recruiters and employers across Australia. If you are looking for sponsorship our Sponsored Employment Page contains an up-to-date list of vacancies in the Queensland Region where sponsorship is available for overseas candidates.
New South Wales (NSW) is Australia’s most populous State, centred on Australia’s leading global city – Sydney. With good employment opportunities, there has never been a better time to make a new start in Australia’s most dynamic and advanced economic region.
The Murray Region has a large and varied food processing industry and a strong agricultural heritage. It has a temperate climate, although temperatures in the southern reaches can drop to zero degrees in winter and hover in the thirties in the height of summer.
Stretching along the Murray River from the Snowy Mountains in the east to the South Australian border in the west, the region has strong economic ties with Victoria and its river towns of Wodonga, Swan Hill and Mildura.
The Murray region hosts a diverse range of enterprises, from traditional broad acre agriculture, specialist horticultural crops to manufacturing, engineering, computer technology and specialist service industries and is currently looking to fill the following skill shortages:
Dental Practitioner, Permatologist , General Medical Practitioner , Obstetrician & Gynecologist , Optometrist , Occupation Therapist , Podiatrist , Psychiatrist , Registered Mental Health Nurse , Registered Midwife , Registered Nurse, Architect , Cabinet Maker , Carpenter , Chef , Child Care coordinator , Civil Engineer , Electrician , General Manager , General Mechanic , Metal , abricator/Boilermaker , Metal Fitter & Machinist (Fitter & Turner) , Motor/Diesel Mechanic , Mechanical Engineer , Panel Beater , Production Manager (Manufacturing) , Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic , Sheet Metal Worker , Structural & Welding Tradesperson, Surveyor , Toolmaker , Urban & Regional Planner , Vehicle Painter
Another of NSW growth economies is the Riverina region situated west of Canberra, Australia's capital, and forms a junction between three major State capital cities: Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
The Riverina is a major national centre for defence. Both the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force maintain a strong presence in the region and play an integral role in the local economy.
The A$200 million Royal Australian Navy Defence Communications Station makes the Riverina home to some of the most advanced communication technology in the world.
The Riverina area is currently looking to recruit the following professionals to fill skill shortages in the area:
General Medical Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist , Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Dermatologist, Medical Oncologist, Psychiatrist, Rheumatologist , Nephrologist , Endocrinologist, Respiratory Physician, Infectious Diseases Specialist, General Manager, Production Manager (Manufacturing) , Lawyer, Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics), Metal Fitters and Mechanic, Structural Steel & Welding Tradesperson, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic, Motor Mechanic, General Mechanic, Carpenter Fibrous Plasterer, Roof Slater & Tiler, Bricklayer, Solid Plasterers, Wall & Floor Tiler, Urban & Regional Planner (Town Planner), Baker & Pastry Cook.
Sponsorships are available for people who meet the criteria. If you are interested in sponsorship in the state of NSW you should speak with a MARA registered migration agent or visit:
To find job opportunities in the New South Wales Region upload your CV to our Job Portal where you can view over 60,000 jobs online and upoad your CV to make your details visible to over 550 recruiters and employers across Australia. If you are looking for sponsorship our Sponsored Employment Page contains an up-to-date list of vacancies in the NSW Region where sponsorship is available for overseas candidates.
Australia’s Northern Territory has a fast growing economy based on its world-class mineral and energy resources, as well as its rapidly growing tourism, construction, transport, defence, pastoral and horticultural sectors.
Demand is high for skills in all trades and professions including hospitality and tourism, health professions, management and administration. The Northern Territory Government is actively seeking and encouraging skilled migrants to join its multicultural community and add to the Territory's workforce. Australia’s 'Front Door' is open for skilled workers and business people, whether they want to mine, farm or fish, or establish careers in trades or in the professions, academia or public service.
Sponsorships are available for people who meet the criteria. If you are interested in sponsorship in the state of NSW you should speak with a MARA registered migration agent or visit:
To find job opportunities in the Northern Territory use our Job Portal where you can view over 60,000 jobs online and upoad your CV to make your details visible to over 550 recruiters and employers across Australia. If you are looking for sponsorship our Sponsored Employment Page contains an up-to-date list of vacancies in the Northern Territory where sponsorship is available for overseas candidates.
Employer sponsorship opportunities have been reduced considerably with the recent changes brought in by the DIAC. In recent months the majority of employer sponsorships issued have been for individuals taking jobs in more rural areas of Regional Australia, those with a niche set of skills not available in the local area or to those taking on fixed term temporary contracts.
Finding Employer Sponsorship in Australia
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If you fancy dipping your toe into Australian lifestyle there are plenty of temporary contracts available at the moment in many industries including IT, Finance, Allied Health and education. Qualified professionals happy to take on fixed term long or short term contracts will be issued 457 temporary business visas to enable them to live and work in Australia for the duration of the contract.
There are also fantastic opportunities for qualified nurses to work out in Australia on working holiday visas. At the moment the pay is above reward rates plus many agencies offer a weekly bonus scheme and many agencies also provide free trips and tours for you to make the most of your time in Australia.
If you take on nursing work in the Aussie bush or remote coastal regions free accommodation is often provided too as an added incentive!
Temporary opportunities exist right across Australia in the Tourism and hospitality industry particularly in regional Australia for those with working holiday visas.
Australia has a reciprocal working holiday visa program with many countries. The working holiday visa allows individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 to live and work in Australia for a period of 12 months, extended to 24 months if the individual is employed in a primary industry in Regional Australia for 3 months or longer.
There are several primary industries including plant/animal cultivation, fishing, tree farming, mining and construction work.
There is always plenty of work all year round in the primary industries – particularly in agricultural work.
We have listed below places with the highest demand.
Broome is located in Western Australia around 2,227km north of Perth and is a popular tourist destination.They require workers for lemon and grapefruit picking and citrus pruning in the February and March months, Melon picking in the period June to September and Mango picking between October and December.
Kununurra is located in Western Australia 830 kms south west of Darwin. They have a large demand for labour between April and November to pick melons, pumpkins, corn, citrus and mangoes
The Bundaberg and Childers regions sit 3.5 – 4hrs north of Brisbane close the great barrierreef. Labour is required year round to pick tomatoes, Zucchinis, Capsicums, sweet potatoes, snow peas, Avocados, Melons, Mangos and Pineapples.
Cairns is situated in tropical North Queensland and offers easy access to the Rainforest, reef fantastic beaches and the outback. Opportunities exist year round in this region for Crop picking, prawn trawling and construction.
Toowoomba, Australia’s 2nd Largest Inland City is only 90 minutes from Brisbane is home to the Oakey Abattoir. Opportunities exist year round at the abattoir.
Darwin in the Northern Territory is home to one of the most beautiful natural harbours on the north Australian Coast. Darwin’s weather is perfect between may and September. Cyclone season is from October to April. Temporary employment opportunities exist year round in construction and in melon picking between June and September.
Katherine is located 320km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory. They require workers for lemon and grapefruit picking and citrus pruning in the February and March months, Melon picking in the period June to September and Mango picking between October and December. Station work opportunities also exist in this region.
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