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Release of the new Skilled Occupations List delayed
30 April, 2010
It was expected that an announcement would be made by the Department of Immigration (DIAC) on the 30th of April, 2010 which would outline an updated Skilled Occupations List for the General Skilled Migration Program.
Earlier today, DIAC advised that the release of the new list has been delayed until May, with no date specified as of yet.
This updated list will be taking into account the most current needs for
With employment growing well ahead of expectations and an unemployment rate of just 5.3% as of March 2010, many employers are already experiencing difficultly in finding talent to meet their needs.
This challenge is made greater by Australia's demographic trends which indicate that by 2012, 30% of the Australian population will be aged over 65. This indicates an ongoing importance in the role of Skilled migration for Australia's economic growth and future prosperity.
In 2008-09, Australia welcomed 170,000 permanent settlers of which almost 70% were skilled migrants. It is estimated that these settlers will contribute over $850m to the Australian economy within the first year or arrival alone.
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