The Australian Government has moved to partially address the critical shortage of skilled chefs in hotels and hospitality venues across the country, adding the occupation to its Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).
Following extensive consultation with industry associations, Federal Immigration Minister Alex Hawke yesterday added 22 new occupations to the PMSOL, taking the number of approved skills needed to 41. The move allows Australian businesses to sponsor overseas labour to enter the country and take up critical roles they need been unable to fill from locally available workforces.
Minister Hawke said the Department of Immigration consulted widely with employers of all sizes across many various industries to develop the framework for these changes.
“Government has received valuable feedback from Australian business stakeholders on critical skill vacancies, which has been considered together with data from the National Skills Commission, in order to develop today’s update to the Priority Migration Skilled Migration List. The Morrison Government will continue to support Australian businesses, including through skilled migration, as the engine room of our nation’s economy.”Alexander George Hawke MP is an Australian Liberal Party politician serving as Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs
The move was warmly welcomed by Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) and therefore the Accommodation Association, with both saying the move will help local businesses partially alleviate the worker crisis. As per a recent report, there is a huge shortage of Chefs & House Keepers in Australia. This shortage is affecting the Australian Tourism Industry adversely. Taking this into consideration the Australia Immigration Department took the decision and Chefs added to Priority Immigration List.
“The accommodation sector has been going through tough times with a severe shortage of front-line workers like chefs – that’s why we welcome today’s announcement by the Federal Government. Adding chefs to the Priority Skilled Migration Occupation List is a great first step which will put accommodation hotels in a much better position.”TAA National CEO, Michael Johnson
The move was warmly welcomed by Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) and the Accommodation Association, with both saying the move will help local businesses partially alleviate the worker crisis. Being an important part of the Tourism Industry, experienced chefs added to Priority Immigration List.
There is currently a critical shortage of chefs and house keepers. The industry has been extensively advertising to permanent residents for these positions but with little success. The recognition of the importance of these roles and the addition of chefs to the Priority Skilled Migration Occupation List (PMSOL) is a positive step in addressing the skills shortage and challenges currently facing the sector.Dean Long, CEO of Accommodation Association
The PMSOL was developed in mid-2020 in conjunction with the National Skills Commission to enable industries to access foreign labour to make sure critical vacancies are filled and help Australian businesses get over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsored workers can enter Australia for his or her new roles after completing mandatory hotel quarantine at their own expense. Existing occupation lists are going to be maintained however priority are going to be given to those filling roles listed on the PMSOL.