Australia needs to attract emigrant workers to fill gaps in the labour market that it cannot do from its own citizens. This works on 2 levels:
- A national level where these skills are needed throughout the whole of Australia.
- A regional level where these skills are needed for a specific territory in Australia.
A careful analysis is carried out as to what these needed skills are and these are then placed on the Australian Skilled Occupation list.
This means that if your occupation features on the Australian skilled shortage list your skills are required in Australia and you may be eligible for a skilled independent or sponsored work visa.