The State Government has released an updated version of the WA skilled migration list, slashing it to just 18 eligible occupations.
The list, which used to carry 178 occupations including bricklayers, engineers and nurses, was torn up on Labor’s first day of government in March.
Premier Mark McGowan said the 18 occupations (below) on the list were mainly in the health sector where there was a genuine need, including midwives, psychiatrists and several classes of registered nurses.
Mr McGowan said in the current economic climate it did not make sense to give jobs to migrants ahead of West Australians.
“In the current economic climate, it’s more important than ever that we maximise employment opportunities for Western Australians,” he said.
“Our policy will ensure that, whenever possible, Western Australians will be given first preference on WA jobs. It doesn’t make sense to fast-track workers from overseas when there are unemployed Western Australians who are capable of doing the work.
“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.”
Mr McGowan also confirmed the Federal Government agreed to remove Perth as a region from the regional sponsored migration scheme, which provided an additional pathway to obtain a visa to work on WA.
- 190 Visa = Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).
- 489 Visa = Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).
|ANZSCO code||Skilled occupation||Eligible visas||Assessing authority||Status|
|190 visa||489 visa|
|253111||General Practitioner||Available||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253316||Gastroenterologist||Available||Available||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253323||Rheumatologist||Available||Available||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253411||Psychiatrist||Available||Available||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253513||Neurosurgeon||Available||Available||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253515||Otorhinolaryngologist||Available||Available||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253521||Vascular Surgeon||Available||Available||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253913||Obstetrician and Gynaecologist||Available||Available||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253918||Radiation Oncologist||Available||Available||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|254413||Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)||Available||ANMAC||Available|
|254414||Registered Nurse (Community Health)||Available||ANMAC||Available|
|254415||Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)||Available||ANMAC||Available|
|254422||Registered Nurse (Mental Health)||Available||ANMAC||Available|
|254423||Registered Nurse (Perioperative)||Available||ANMAC||Available|