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Employment and Job Security Remains A Primary Focus

There have been several announcements made by the government regarding job security and creation of training programs to ensure that further boost to the economy is maintained.

During a recent media release, Morrison government confirmed that it will “will create 250,000 extra jobs for young Australians.

We will back young Australians to secure a great job by giving them the chance to gain the right skills. With a stronger economy we are headed in the right direction. Last financial year, for the first time in history, more than 100,000 young Australians got a job. Youth unemployment is falling and is lower than it was under Labor, who left office with almost 55,000 fewer young people in work.

Our plan builds on our track record by ensuring more young people get the skills and experience employers need”

Further to the above announcement, additional support will be available to those based in Tasmania with the government confirming that thousands of young Tasmanians will gain new skills with no upfront cost, and in turn boost the state’s renewable electricity generation sector, through a $17 million investment from the Morrison Government.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new Energising Tasmania initiative would support locals to gain the skills that business needs, boosting the economy of regional Tasmania and bringing the Battery of the Nation plan to life.

"We are passionate about getting more young people into work, and giving them the opportunity to gain the right skills," the Prime Minister said.

"So we’re scrapping the upfront costs for priority training courses to ensure Tasmanians have the right mix of skills for the future. More than 28 per cent of Tasmanians don’t have qualifications beyond Year 10 so we want to broaden that skill set to help more Tasmanians get into work, and help local businesses get the workers they need.

"By covering the course cost gap we’re investing to help young Tasmanians get the vocational education and training they need for the Battery of the Nation plan. We’re committed to the Battery of Tasmania plan alongside the Hodgman Liberal Government and our $17 million training boost is ultimately about delivering the skills that project needs, the skills the local economy needs, and most importantly the skills young Tasmanians need."

Skilled migration nonetheless remains in the foreground of topics being covered during the election period.  Recently, the government has announced creation of three new visas aiming to address major regional skills shortage.

From 16 November 2019, the government will introduce three new visas to assist regional Australia (designated regional areas) and make related amendments. At the commencement of the new regional provisional visas, it is intended that the designated regional areas, to be identified in a legislative instrument, will include all of Australia except for Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Provisional Visas:

  • Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491) with a new and enhanced points-tested visa to assist regional Australia, for applicants nominated by a state
  • Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa (Subclass 494), a new and enhanced employer-sponsored visa to assist regional Australia

Permanent Visa 

A new Subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional)) visa will be made available for persons who hold a Subclass 491 or a Subclass 494 visa at the time of application; and hold a regional provisional visa when they apply for the Subclass 191 visa, and have held that visa for at least three years.

 

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