Western Australia has relaxed visa conditions for skilled workers in its migration program for 2022-23.
The state government has eliminated English language requirements for professional and managerial occupations, reduced the required funds applicants need to show, and lowered work experience requirements to six months.
Western Australia introduced the changes to its 2022-23 migration program to attract more skilled migrants and address critical workforce shortages in the state economy and jobs market.
In addition to easing skilled visa requirements, Western Australia has also updated its nomination criteria, with one new measure being the application fee being waived.
State Premier Mark McGowan said the changes to the State Nominated Skilled Migration Program would make migration to Western Australia easier.
He also said the new measures reflect the work done by the state government to boost skilled migration.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the latest changes would make it easier for migrants to move to Western Australia on skilled visas.
Western Australia received 8,140 places for its 2022-23 migration program – 4,950 more places than last year and the third-highest allocation overall behind New South Wales and Victoria.
Moreover, the state has also increased eligible occupations for skilled migration by around 60 per cent.
The number of eligible occupations for skilled migration to Western Australia now stands at 276, including 46 health occupations.
Of all the new additions to the eligible occupation list, 33 jobs align with four Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) in place with Western Australian regions to respond to the regional economic and labour market conditions, a state official said.
The state government also said it is running campaigns to promote skilled migration in key industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, building and construction, tourism and agriculture.