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The Australian labour force is gearing to adapt to the “competitive, technology-driven future,” summarised the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency in its 2013 paper that envisions the country’s working future.
According to Future focus, 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy, Australia’s working population needs to be composed of highly skilled workers with “technical, professional, and managerial” knowledge. This outlook is due to the continuous global movement towards technological growth.
Among this group of workers, one set seems to be in greatest demand: healthcare professionals. Dr. Kathie Barnes, Director of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Workforce Development, pointed out that this growing demand in nurses and carers reflects “Australia’s projected increase in population and the impact of the ageing population particularly on healthcare and then changing technologies.”
The agency’s paper identified four growth scenarios –the Long Boom, Smart Recovery, Terms of Trade Shock, and Ring of Fire—and used an economic model to determine Australia’s working future. Using these strategies, it has been projected that:
From a construction and engineering-focused workforce in the past years, Australia needs a shift to more technical, professional, and managerial jobs. The top three growth industries in the coming 10 years are Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; and Education and Training. These categories are projected to add over 1.8 million job openings up to 2025.
Therefore, skilled migrants who want to work in Australia must not only improve their qualifications for Australian working visas but also enhance their skills for these occupations:
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