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In line with the roll-out of the new skilled migration program, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has unveiled its new online portal.
The SkillSelect.gov.au site is intended to be used by applicants for the submission of an expression of interest (EOI) in the new system.
The invitation-based program is not due for activation until July 1.
Instead, it currently offers hosts static content rather than a submissions portal – instead it is offering a range of information on how the new initiative will operate.
It explains the purpose of the SkillSelect program as being “an online system that enables skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa”.
The site also details the types of applicable initiatives that will require interested parties to register an EOI before being invited to apply for a visa.
These include independent skilled, family sponsored skilled, state or territory sponsored skilled or business skills programs.
For the workers, there is a dedicated section that aims to answer commonly asked questions, such as the requirements of an expression of interest and how to submit the information.
In addition, the site takes great care to point out that an EOI is not the same thing as a visa application and as such no bridging documents will be issued by the DIAC.
While Australian migration agents are aware of these developments, the availability of information could help to improve the understanding of the effects of the program among clients.
In addition to potential employees, the SkillSelect site has a separate section dedicated to employers considering taking on international workers.
Business managers and owners who are unsure if the program is right for them can easily access additional information on subjects such as how to search for candidates and what to do when one is identified.
The site also makes it clear that employers are free to pursue their own channels of international recruitment – however it does list a number of advantages that come with using the program.
According to the DIAC, the SkillSelect initiative will help to address skill shortages by collating a range of factors in one channel, allowing managers to peruse from a selection of pre-qualified applicants.
The site explains: “This will reduce overseas advertising and recruitment costs to businesses, and assist in resolving skills shortages.”