There’s never been a better time for nurses to move to Australia.
London, UK (PRWEB UK) 30 April 2012
While there are always Australia visa opportunities for skilled workers, some Australian industries are growing at a quicker rate than others, with nursing and other healthcare professions experiencing unexpected rates of growth.
The report from Health Workforce Australia released this week shows that Australia is on track to have a shortage of 109,000 nurses (which amounts to 27% of the total nursing workforce) by 2025 unless drastic actions are taken.
While recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show more qualified nurses entered Australia on a 457 visa in the first eight months of the current financial year than the entire previous year, it's clear that more measures must be taken to meet the demand.
Healthcare providers in Australia have welcomed any support that can be provided, claiming it can be difficult to attract and retain nursing staff, particularly in the more remote areas of the country.
Indeed, some healthcare providers are even lobbying the Australian government to allow Australia immigration rules to be relaxed to allow more nursing staff to remain in the country beyond the current 12 months allowed in their visas.
A 457 visa is a three year provisional visa for skilled workers which allows the holder to live and work in Australia for up to three years, after which, if the holder has lived in Australia for two years and completed at least 12 months of work, the holder is eligible to apply for permanent residency.
Applications for the 457 visa require an applicant to be either nominated by a state or territory government agency or be sponsored by an eligible relative already living in Australia.
An application’s success is determined by a points scale which determines age, professional experience and qualifications and language skills.
Leonie Cotton, Casework Department Manager at the Australian Visa Bureau, explains why it’s such a great time for nurses to move to Australia:
"Nurses are always in demand everywhere in the world, they provide such an essential service and, with industries across Australia, particularly Western Australia, continuing to grow and expand, more and more communities need nurses.
"There’s never been a better time for nurses to move to Australia."
There are currently 15 separate types of Registered Nurse as well as midwifery positions listed on the Australian immigration department’s Skilled Occupations List (SOL). Being listed on the SOL means nurses applying for an Australian visa can attain sponsorship, and therefore successful gain a visa, much easier and quicker than other occupations.