Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Minister visits India to attract entrepreneurs and professionals

    2/11/2007 5:14 PM

    Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk leaves for India today as part of a delegation to encourage highly skilled workers to migrate to Western Australia.

    The delegation will visit Delhi, Mumbai and also Dubai.

    “WA’s economy is booming and the State desperately needs professionals such as mining engineers, accountants, urban and regional planners, skilled construction and information technology workers, and qualified tradespeople such as plumbers and electricians,” Ms Quirk said.

    “This trip is about identifying the most talented workers who can benefit the State’s booming economy.

    “It’s also about making migration work for WA. We need talented, skilled workers who would like to pursue their career in WA, where we enjoy an idyllic climate and an enviable lifestyle.”

    WA is already a popular destination for skilled workers from India, the United Kingdom, China and South Africa, but there are opportunities for many more.

    India is the State’s priority skilled migration market.

    To qualify for the skilled migration program, workers must be able to write and speak good English, possess qualifications of an Australian standard and have sufficient savings to settle in WA.

    The State Migration Centre, part of the Small Business Development Corporation, is the State agency responsible for business and skilled migration in WA.

    The delegation will meet with the Australian Consul General and Trade Commissioner in Mumbai regarding WA’s participation in future skilled migration programs.

    The programs involve a range of business and trade events over the next three years, which includes seminars and appointments with Indian and Dubai migration firms and the WA Trade Offices.

    Minister's office - 9213 7000