The Victorian Government announced the launch of a new online Overseas Skills Registry, where newly arrived skilled migrants to the state would be able to seek occupations that are currently in demand.
Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher said the online service would be a major benefit to skilled migrants and overseas qualified professionals enabling them to connect with Victorian employers.
“A unique feature of the registry is that all candidates are living in Victoria, are legally permitted to work and either have an Australian skills assessment or Australian qualifications. I am confident the Overseas Skills Registry will help skilled migrants and overseas qualified professionals to enter the local workforce, build their careers and contribute to the Victorian economy.”
The online service allows overseas qualified professionals and skilled migrants to profile their professional skills, qualifications and experience. Victorian employers can then view profiles of prospective employees and make contact with suitable individuals.
Eligible employers and newly arrived skilled migrants can apply for an account online.
Ms. Asher also highlighted that Overseas Skills Registry will help overcome one of the biggest challenges facing skilled migrants: breaking into a new job market with a lack of local networks or professional references.
“This initiative is an election commitment of the Coalition Government and is a win-win for both skilled migrants and businesses that have been hampered by roles they have not been able to fill locally,” Ms. Asher said.
The Overseas Skills Registry is currently open to two specific groups of skilled workers: state nominated skilled migrants and international student graduates with previous professional work experience.
State nominated skilled migrants using the registry have been approved for a state nominated visa by the Coalition Government, are permanent residents and are skilled in an occupation that is in demand in Victoria.
International student graduates using the registry have a degree level qualification or higher from a Victorian university together with at least two years’ previous professional work experience, in an occupation that is in demand in Victoria.
The Overseas Skills Registry will soon be open to other overseas qualified professionals and tradespeople.