Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls has announced that the state will relax Australia visa requirements in order to attract more migrant workers to the area.
Other than Western Australia, the state of Queensland has benefited from the resources and mining boom more than all other states. However, Australia visa requirements are determined at state level, not federal level and Queensland has fallen way behind in numbers of skilled migrants.
Last financial year for example, 22,247 state-sponsored spots were filled across the country whilst Queensland sponsored just 212 skilled migration and business migration visas!
Under current visa policy, experience requirements are much stricter than in neighbouring states; an engineer wishing to live and work in Queensland is required to have has much as seven years’ experience, in Western Australia the same engineer would only require 12 months of experience. […]