- The McGowan Government has replaced the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List
- As promised, the list was ripped up on the first day of the McGowan Government
- New list only contains occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers
- Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agrees to remove Perth from Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
The McGowan Government has delivered its election commitment to keep Western Australian jobs in WA.
During the State election campaign, WA Labor promised to tear up the list of occupations that fast-tracked overseas workers to WA.
The 2016 Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) included 178 occupations such as engineers, bricklayers and nurses. These workers could be sought from overseas despite WA's soaring unemployment and, in many cases, local workers who are capable of carrying out the work.
Premier Mark McGowan announced today that a new list has been developed that contained 18 occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers.
In areas such as health, where there is an unmet demand for workers, these occupations will still be eligible for State nomination based on the new WASMOL.
The McGowan Government has also delivered its election commitment to remove Perth from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), paving the way for more jobs for Western Australians.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to the Premier confirming that the Federal Government had agreed to Mr McGowan's request to have Perth removed from the RSMS.
Since it was added to the RSMS during the height of the mining boom in 2011, Perth has been classified as a 'region', providing an additional pathway to obtain a visa to work in Western Australia.
Given the change in the State's economic circumstances and with widespread unemployment, it is no longer suitable for Perth to be included in the RSMS.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"In the current economic climate, it's more important than ever that we maximise employment opportunities for Western Australians.
"On day one in office, we ripped up the out-dated skilled migration list and delivered our commitment to keep WA jobs in WA.
"One of my first acts as Premier of Western Australia was to write to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to request that Perth be removed from the RSMS. This is an important election commitment that we've moved quickly to deliver.
"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."
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