Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Minister opens new State Migration Centre

    24/07/2006 4:37 PM

    Small Business Minister Norm Marlborough today officially launched the Western Australian State Migration Centre at the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC).

    “Bringing all business and skills-related State migration services under one roof represents the best use of resources, provides a streamlined service for prospective migrants and helps address WA’s skills shortage,” Mr Marlborough said.

    The Minister explained that the new State Migration Centre brought all arms of the State migration process under one organisation, via one telephone number (131BIZ) to one group of business and migration personnel.

    Prior to the formation of the State Migration Centre, skilled migrants were processed by the Department of Industry and Resources, while business migrants were processed by SBDC.

    “This simplified service is better for the State and better for those skilled and business migrants wanting to come to WA,” Mr Marlborough said.

    In the past year, State sponsorship for skills designated as a priority in WA have been approved for 259 sponsored independent regional (SIR) visa applicants, and 650 State/Territory-nominated independent (STNI) visa applicants.

    Occupations of sponsored skilled migrants range from professionals to tradespeople including bricklayers, carpenters, electricians and welders.

    “Appropriately matched skilled migrants will help to reduce the skills shortages in WA, while business migrants create jobs and bring in new sources of funds,” the Minister said.

    “Business migrants sponsored in the past year are expected to bring an estimated $390million in new capital and create some 950 new jobs.

    “Skilled and business migrants will further contribute to the economy by buying homes, cars and other domestic products once they arrive.”

    The SBDC has produced a comprehensive migration kit, titled ‘Smart Move’, which is designed to assist skilled and business migrants arriving in WA.

    “Smart Move covers all aspects of relocating, including assistance with financial matters, finding a home, school enrolments, healthcare, setting up a business and networking,” Mr Marlborough said.

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