Western Australia Skilled Migration Changes Announced

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Western Australia (WA) Government is implementing new initiatives to attract skilled migrants and international students to help alleviate skills shortages.

As part of the State Government’s $195 million Reconnect WA strategy, an additional 194 occupations have been added to the Graduate Occupation List – taking the total number of listed occupations to 331 – to attract more international students to study in WA.

Expansion of the Graduate Occupation List will help to attract a broad and diverse range of skills that align with the State’s current and future workforce needs.

The skilled migration pathway will also provide international students graduating in WA with the option to apply for permanent residence.

Along with prioritising applicants who are already in WA and Australia, the State Government has expanded the skilled migration criteria to allow offshore candidates to apply for WA State nomination.

The changes will simultaneously support the international education sector and add to WA’s pipeline of skilled workers in priority areas.

The new initiatives also complement strategies to address skills shortages following industry consultation at the Perth and Regional Skills Summits. 

Invitations to apply for WA State nomination will be via the ranking system, giving preference to applicants currently residing in WA, followed by those residing in Australia and then those residing overseas.

The 2022-23 program year will also provide candidates with the opportunity to access an expanded, more extensive Graduate occupation list under the Graduate stream with over 300 occupations becoming available.

The expanded Graduate occupation list will become available in 2022-23 and is outlined in the new 2022-23 WA State nomination – combined occupation list

More information is available on the Migration WA website: migration.wa.gov.au.

Source: Government of Western Australia Media Release

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