Welcoming skilled migrants and international students to Western Australia

The WA State Government is implementing new initiatives to attract skilled migrants and international students to Western Australia, to help alleviate skills shortages. The new initiatives also respond to strategies to address skills shortages following industry consultation at the Perth and Regional Skills Summits.

Occupations added to GOL
As part of the  $195 million ReconnectWA strategy, an additional 194 occupations have been added to the Graduate Occupation List (GOL), taking the total number of occupations to 331, to attract more international students to study in WA. Expansion of the GOL will help attract a broad and diverse range of skills that align with the State’s current and future workforce needs. The skilled migration pathway will also provide international students graduating in WA the option to apply for permanent residence.

Expansion of skilled migration crieria
Along with prioritising applicants who are already in WA and Australia, the State Government has expanded the skilled migration criteria to allow offshore candidates to apply for WA State nomination.

These changes will simultaneously support the international education sector, while adding to WA’s pipeline of skilled workers in priority areas.

For further information visit the Migration WA website at migration.wa.gov.au

“Meeting Western Australia’s skilled workforce needs to support our State's strong economic growth and pipeline of works is a priority for the State Government.“ says Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "With world class education, healthy job opportunities and strong public health management, there is no better or safer place to live, work and study.".

International Education Minister David Templeman said that “International students are an important part of the WA community – they make a positive contribution to the State's diversity and vibrancy, and support local jobs in a variety of industries. Providing a skilled migration pathway is key for attracting international students to Western Australia to retain their capabilities once they have completed their studies.".

Read the full media statement here

Page last updated October 07, 2022