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Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, 2006/10/03 - Nine new professions have been added to the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to ensuring the Migration Programme meets the skills needs of business and industry.
Nine new professions have been added to the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to ensuring the Migration Programme meets the skills needs of business and industry, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Kevin Andrews announced today.
“The MODL now includes 35 managerial and professional occupations, one associate professional occupation, nine computing specialisations and 41 trade occupations,” Mr Andrews said.
“From today, General Skilled Migration [GSM] visa applicants who have recognised qualifications in one of the nine new occupations and specialisations will be awarded additional points.
These occupations are:
• Child Care Coordinator,
• Electrical Engineer,
• Mechanical Engineer,
• Computing Professional - specialising in C++/C#/C,
• Computing Professional – specialising in J2EE,
• Computing Professional - specialising in Java,
• Computing Professional - specialising in Oracle and
• Computing Professional - specialising in PeopleSoft
The MODL is based on detailed labour market research and analysis undertaken by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR). This research, which includes consultation with employers and peak industry bodies, is updated on a six-monthly basis to ensure the MODL is responsive to labour market conditions.
“Occupations and specialisations identified on the MODL gain extra points for people applying for a points-tested GSM visa, making it easier for them to come to Australia as skilled migrants,” Senator Vanstone said.
The ministers noted the recent appointment of Trades Recognition Australia as the Australian assessment body for the occupation of child care coordinator and its inclusion on the MODL. These changes will be welcomed by the child care sector as it will help to address its need for highly skilled managerial staff.
Regular adjustments to the MODL help to address ongoing shortages in the skilled Australian labour market by ensuring individuals with specialist skills who are in demand are selected for migration to Australia through the GSM program.
Source: Minister Amanda Vanstone, September 22, 2006