Migrant Skills Incentives to boost Australian workforce

Migrant Skills Incentive

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Nearly 10,000 onshore skilled migrants are expected to benefit from the new Migrant Skills Incentives. The incentives offer free, fast-tracked skills assessments, free employability assessments, career advice and subsidised training.

The Australian Government is investing $19.7 million in the Migrant Skills Incentives to improve the employment outcomes for migrants in occupations where workers are in shortage and to support Australia’s economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

Having their skills recognised in Australia provides a greater opportunity for migrants to join the workforce. Businesses and employers will have increased confidence that migrants have the skills they need to do the job.

Migrant Skills Incentives provide eligible skilled migrants with targeted support to remove obstacles such as processing delays in skills assessment applications, financial or eligibility barriers, and challenges finding a job at their skill level.

Eligible occupations for these incentives have been drawn from National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List. The Skills Priority List was published in June 2021 and provides a current labour market rating and a future demand rating for occupations nationally.

Migrants who have experience in a priority occupation with unrecognised skills can access the Migrant Skills Incentives initiative.

Skills assessments are carried out by each of the priority occupation’s Assessing Authority.

The Migrant Skills Incentives are not only providing greater opportunities for onshore migrants to join the workforce but also assisting Australian businesses and industries address workforce pressures.

More information

You can find the priority occupations and how to apply for a skills assessment on the Migrant Skills Incentive web page.

Correct at time of publication.