Australian regions with niche skills shortages are being earmarked for “boutique” visa deals offered by the Turnbull government.
Northern Queensland and the Goldfields in Western Australia’s southeast are two regions most likely to benefit within months.
According to SBS, the government is preparing to offer tailor-made visas for regions that need skills not readily available in Australia and are not included in the 600 occupations of the Skills Shortage List.
Such visas are referred to boutique visas and hence, tailor-made.
According to the same source, there are already 322 special labour agreements in place with certain businesses and industries across the country, but the Minister for Citizenship Alan Tudge has said he wants to go further and do deals based on geographical location.
How Does it Work?
Similar to other sponsored-jobs, companies need to show first that they’ve done all that they can to find the skills needed locally (by doing Labour Market Testing). Sponsors also need to satisfy other requirements–which at the moment haven’t been revealed to the public yet–but most likely are similar to those of other employer-sponsored streams.
Who This Visa is For?
The purpose of this visa is to support regional businesses that may require a steady intake of very specific skills to enable growth. Bilingual staffs such as Chinese-speaking scuba instructors or Greek-speaking aged care workers are two such examples.
The latter already given this tailor-made visa. One member of aged care industry in Melbourne had made the aforementioned labour-agreement so that it was able to hire more Greek-speaking workers to tend to its patients.
Will it Impact Your Chance of Migrating to Australia?
It surely will.
“Every agreement is unique and is boutique and it’s tailored specifically for the company or for the region taking into account the particular skills shortages which they have and the requirements which they need.”
That is good news for all business owners. Taking that into account, almost all businesses can propose for such agreement (given that they satisfy all requirements). For applicants, such tailor-made visas mean more opportunities are available.