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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled paper 295


Tabled papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by David Tollner


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62 Labour Market 2013-14 Budget involve activities such as pre-vocational and work skills training, funding for social enterprises and business development. Migration Programs Net overseas migration has traditionally been an important source of population growth in the Territory as many businesses require more skilled workers than the Territorys resident labour force can supply. There are a number of visa options available for overseas workers seeking to work in the Territory. These visa options include: Temporary Work (skilled) Visa Subclass 457 (up to four years); Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa; Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 (permanent); Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 (permanent); Skilled Regional Sponsored (provisional) Visa Subclass 489 (four years); and Working Holiday Visa Subclass 417 (one year, may be extended to twoyears). The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) only publishes data for the Territory on the number of people on the Temporary Business Visa Subclass 457. This visa is designed to assist employers who have been unable to recruit a worker domestically in an occupation that has been designated as having a shortage of workers. An employer is required to sponsor an individual worker and undertake to provide training for Australians in order to build up the skills of domestic workers. A worker on a Subclass 457 visa can only work for their sponsor and must be employed on terms and conditions that are no less favourable than those that are provided to an Australian performing equivalent work. As at 31December2012, there were approximately 970 people in the Territory on Subclass 457 visas. Of the occupations listed on approved applications, registered nurse and social worker were the most common, reflecting an overall shortage of staff in those occupations and the difficulty of recruiting staff to remote areas. Following those were carpenter, metal fabricator and diesel motor mechanic occupations, reflecting the increasing need for skilled trades people in the Territory. In comparison, the main occupations listed on approved applications nationally were cook, program or project administrator and developer programmer. The key source countries for workers in the Subclass 457 visa category working in the Territory were the United Kingdom (UK), the Philippines, the Republic of Ireland and India. Large numbers from the UK and the Republic of Ireland reflect the promotion of the Territory as an employment destination in those nations as well as poorer employment prospects in their home countries. Those from the Philippines and India are likely drawn to the higher wages paid in the Territory for skilled workers. Visitors travelling on Working Holiday visas are also an important source of labour for the Territory. To be eligible for the visa a visitor must be between

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