Western Australia Needs Health Professionals

Western Australia drops jobs from list

Western Australia Needs Health Professionals

For these medical professionals the door is wide open into Australia

Frank Rijkers – South Africans to Oz

Western Australia needs Health Professionals

In its recently updated skilled migration occupation list Western Australia reveals that there are many opportunities for overseas professionals in the health sector.

The list used to consist 178 occupations that included bricklayers and engineers but has now been reduced to just 18.

The biggest need now is for registered nurses and midwives which is disappointing for many other professionals who are interested in applying from abroad.

See Western Australia needs Health Professionals 21 June 2017 job list here  For

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190); or
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).​

Australians first

It appears that there is nationwide reduction in occupation lists for state sponsored working visas. This is probably because the Australian Government is fronting a move towards employing people in Australia  first.

Nationwide a demand for qualified people in the medical professions persists.

The 18 occupations on the new list include:-

GPs, sonographer, neurosurgeon, psychiatrist, gynaecologist, midwife, and registered nurses in child and family health, community health, critical care and emergency, mental health and perioperative care.

According to Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan it does it did not make sense to give jobs to migrants ahead of West Australians.

New economic climate

Because of the current economic climate visas under the scheme will only be granted to those occupations with a genuine need.

“Our economy has changed dramatically since the height of the mining boom and we need to do everything we can to get Western Australians back to work,” he has stated.

Perth is calling

He also confirmed that it has also been decided to remove Perth as a region from the regional sponsored migration scheme, which provided an additional pathway to obtain a visa to work in the state.

A Western Australian state government spokesman stated the following: –

Occupations may become unavailable without notice.

To be considered for an invitation to apply for Western Australian State nomination intending migrants must have Australian or overseas work experience in their nominated occupation.

Those considering applying for Western Australian nomination are advised to check with the appropriate licensing or registration authority to verify their suitability for licensing or registration.”

The spokesman went on to explain that occupations identified on the list do not relate to any specific job vacancies, nor represent any guarantee of a job, but rather identify occupations that are considered a priority for the State.

My conclusion

It seems that if you are in the medical field and want to migrate to anywhere in Australia, the doors are still wide open.


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