Australia, which has historically relied on skilled migrants being a core part of its economy, has suffered its worst economic shock in almost a century and its first negative net overseas migration in decades because of travel restrictions and border closures enforced by the coronavirus outbreak.
To counter this setback, the Australian government released a new Federal Budget for 2020-21, with a strong focus on attracting the most skilled and qualified migrants from around the world.
Under the new budget, several engineering and tech occupations have come to the fore as concrete immigration pathways to Australia under the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), which is a permanent skilled migration visa to Australia.
These occupations are set to be vital to Australia’s future, especially with the country experiencing a declining population growth amidst increasing demands for urbanising the regional areas of Australia.
The focus occupations for permanent skilled migration to Australia are:
- Analyst Programmer
- Civil Engineer
- Computer Network and Systems Engineer
- Developer Programmer
- Electrical Engineer
- Electronic Instrument Trades Worker
- Electronics Engineer
- Engineering Manager
- Engineering Technologist
- ICT Business Analyst
- ICT Security Specialist
- Multimedia Specialist
- Radiocommunications Technician
- Software and Applications Programmers
- Software Engineer
- Systems Analyst
- Telecommunications Engineer
- Telecommunications Field Engineer
- Telecommunications Network Engineer
- Telecommunications Network Planner
- Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist
All of the occupations listed above are eligible for the subclass 189 visa and will allow applicants to apply for skilled migration to Australia with permanent residency.