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Migration Scheme Improved for Hospitality Workers

The Australian Hotels Association (WA) has welcomed the WA government’s removal of labour market testing element of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, in response to requests made by the hospitality and tourism industry.

“The AHA(WA) has been part of the state government’s Skilled Migration Reference Group which has advised the Department of Training and Workforce Development on its review of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme,” said Mr Bradley Woods CEO AHA(WA). “The WA hospitality industry is in desperate need of semi-skilled labour. We know that there are people with the skills who are willing to come and work in the industry where they are needed.

“We are not seeking skilled migrants looking for permanent resident visas, nor are we looking to replace local people in hospitality, but for those regions where semi-skill positions cannot be filled with local staff improvements in immigration requirements are welcome. We welcome this approach by the State Government that will remove some of the red-tape that holds back hospitality businesses meeting their demands for workers in the current labour market.”

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