In these troubled financial times, more and more skilled workers in countries like Ireland, the UK, India, the USA and China are considering migration to Australia, following the example of millions before them. In days gone by, like after World War 2, Australia was desperate to boost its population and needed plenty of muscle to get huge projects off the ground, like the Snowy Mountains Scheme, for example. This vast project was designed to provides irrigation for farms and feeds hydroelectricity into the national grid. In the same spirit, in Australia today, there are some landmark developments in alternative energy that would be very interesting to intending skilled immigrants.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national science agency and is one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. This is good news for scientists, technicians, technologists, researchers, IT professionals and a host of people in associated occupations, who are living in other countries and would like to live in Australia and enjoy its prosperous, secure and laid-back conditions, but are afraid it might not offer appropriate career opportunities. What the CSIRO indicates, is that this country is a leader in the area of science, research, technology and product development, and probably always has been (see Australian inventions).
For those who see the remarkable booming economy of australia as providing lots of opportunity for sweaty trades people, working in mines and on vast infrastructure projects … well, you’re right, but only in part. Throughout its history Australia has a long record of scientific and industrial innovation, from the stump-jump plough, to the rotary clothesline and lawnmower, to penicillin, to the ‘black box recorder’ in aircraft, to the ‘metal storm’ weapon system, to the cochlea ear implant and many other inventions and research achievements. Thus, it urgently needs and provides opportunity for scientists, technicians, medical researchers and many other skilled professionals in associated fields.
Australia is in the middle of a population boom that promises to fuel economic growth for years to come. Figures this week showed population growth topped 2 percent in the year to March, the fastest pace on record and the highest of any advanced economy. Up to 60 percent more Australians are predicted in the next forty years, in sharp contrast to countries like Japan and Germany where populations are shrinking.
Historically, it’s a simple fact that millions of Brits have moved to Australia over the past 200 years or so. And why not? It was the British Crown that established the first European settlement in what eventually became Australia, by dumping several shiploads of convicts and their guards near Sydney Harbour in 1788. From that inauspicious beginning, a nation grew which is today one of the healthiest economies in the OECD. Because it’s a small country (in population) and because it’s far distant from Europe, Australia doesn’t attract much attention in the usual run of things.
People who don’t live there often have a positive but narrow view of Australia: they see it as a land where the sun always shines and the natural resources never run out. Both these things are true in their ways, but to see the country simply as a land of prosperous bronzed Aussies, muscles rippling from honest hard work is to barely scratch the surface of this complex and increasingly technological society.
The Australian Federal Government is set to maintain record high immigration levels, although some groups express concern about the impact on young job seekers and urban congestion.
Once again, scrutiny falls on Australia’s severe skilled worker shortage and developments surge ahead in infrastructure projects and in resource industry developments. Once again, it is patently obvious that this major and continuing challenge will be met significantly, by skilled people who bring those skills from their homelands to Australia. And with Australia poised to become “the Middle East of gas”, the problem/opportunity remains in sharp focus. As Asia’s rapidly growing economies queue up to buy its vast reserves in liquid form. the government has approved the massive Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project off Western Australia, which Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said would cost 50 billion dollars (41 billion US) to build and would generate 6,000 jobs.
Government figures show that Australian construction work spending was much stronger than expected in the last quarter as investment on infrastructure projects jumped, boding well for growth in the economy as a whole.
Australia is in the middle of a population boom that played a major part in saving it from a global recession and promises to fuel economic growth for years to come.