After being flagged for removal and the Department of Employment statistics showing no engineering skills-shortage in Australia since 2012-13, the government is still allowing Australian companies source engineers from overseas. Minister Peter Dutton has re-listed every engineering profession except mining on the Skilled Occupation List and The Association of Professional Engineers Australia (APEA) is not happy. CEO of APEA, Chris Walton explains that Australia is “increasingly seeing industry turn to cheaper skilled migration…rather than engaging in proper workforce development.”
The removal of engineering occupations from the SOL could affect anyone planning a 189 or 489 family sponsored visa as well as students who are considering or currently studying an engineering course at a diploma level, planning to gain experience on a 485 visa via the Graduate Work stream. Students studying at a degree level or higher will still be eligible for a 485 visa under the Post-Study Work stream as their occupation does not have to relate to their field of study.
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