Institute of Geoscientists in Australia has made an appeal to the federal government to add geoscientist profession in their list of jobs that are not let off from the labour market test under the 457 work visa program.
A request has been made to Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, for including geoscientist occupation in the list. The list already includes geosciences and mining professionals such as drillers, petroleum, geotechnical and mining engineers.
According to the AIG President Wayne Spilsbury, there is an urgent need of geoscientist’s labour market testing under temporary work visa program. Mining and exploration companies of Australia have taken the benefit of the rules which allows them to sponsor foreign experienced and trained geoscientists for working in Australia under temporary work visa program.
The increase in the frustration among AIG members was observed over an increase in the number of sponsorships of foreign geoscientist under this 457 visa program. He said.
The AIG also proposed to add geoscientists to the list of non-exempt for LMT, which will enhance the aim of 457 visa program and will also enable companies to sponsor applicants under 457 visa program. But only after looking at various opportunities of employing an experienced and qualified geoscientist who is the citizen or permanent resident of Australia. He added.
Recently, AIG also counted a survey, that tells over 75% of country’s geoscientists are working in the mining and exploration sectors, are currently facing more than 15% of unemployment rate.