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Houston Skills Australia Needs event—more than 650 jobs on offer

American residents with skills and experience in the oil and gas, mining and construction sectors will be able to meet Australian employers with more than 650 jobs on offer at the Skills Australia Needs job fair in Houston, Texas on May 19-20.

Registration for this free event is through the department’s website and they close on May 11.

Skills Australia Needs events offer invited skilled workers the chance to talk to Australian employers and recruiters about jobs available ‘Down Under’ face-to-face.

As well as potential employers, Australian immigration officers will be on hand to talk to participants about skilled visa options to live and work in Australia, either on a temporary or permanent basis, as well as Australia’s new skilled worker registration system—SkillSelect.

Invitees can also meet representatives from several other Australian organisations and government agencies, including:

•Australia’s state and territory governments will talk about what it’s like to live in Australia, and state sponsored visas
•Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) will provide advice about the process for having your skills recognised and the new streamlined arrangements for licensing, which mean workers can start a job on their first day in Australia
•VETASSESS, a US trades recognition agency approved by the TRA to assess skilled workers in the electrical and plumbing trades will provide information about their services, and
•Future Skills International, approved by the TRA to assess electricians will be on hand to answer questions about their services.

This event is the latest in a series that the Australian Government has staged in several countries for many years. The job fair will help Australian employers and state governments fill critical skill shortages in areas of occupational demand in Australia.

Details including the full list of exhibitors, jobs on offer and how to register are available at www.immi.gov.au/skillevents/skilled-workers.htm

Comments (10)

Just want to ask what if you from South Africa And want to join this initiative.

Hi Ainsley,
Thank you for commenting. The Department regularly holds Skills Australia Needs events in different locations around the world. Please continue to check the website for details of upcoming events as they are announced: www.immi.gov.au/skillevents/

I have over 20 years experience in commerical construction. Specifically, I am the division manager for a metal stud and drywall company. As a former US Army officer, I have lived all over the world and international travel or relocation is not a problem.

Hi Tom,
Thanks for your comment. This event is targeting workers with skills and experience in construction. If you are interested in attending the Skills Australia Need event in Houston, please register your interest online. Registrations are now open on the following web page, see: www.immi.gov.au/skillevents/skilled-workers.htm.

There are many visa options if you are seeking to live and work in Australia either as a temporary or permanent resident. Information on all visas for Australia can be found on the Department's website at: www.immi.gov.au/migrants/

Also, from 1 July 2012 a new system, SkillSelect, will start for people seeking to migrate to Australia to work. SkillSelect is an online system that will enable skilled workers to submit an expression of interest to be considered for a skilled visa. More information about SkillSelect is available at www.skillselect.gov.au

Will Australian Registered Migration Agent be permitted to attend the Houston Expo to provide Immigration Advice to the workers ?

Hi Glenn,
Thank you for your question. The aim of Skills Australia Needs events is to match overseas skilled workers with Australian employers. To be eligible to participate all organisations must be Australian employers with job vacancies on offer which they can't fill through the local labour market, or recruitment agents representing such employers who have vacancies in the targeted sectors and occupations. I hope this is helpful and thanks again for your interest in the event.

I just received & completed application information today (forwarded to me by an attendee).
Although I see here there was May 11 cutoff, is there any chance I can still attend the May 20 Sunday meeting seesions?
I have extensive Development experience in Commercial & Industrial Construction that would be useful. Thank you for your reply.

Hi Frank,
Thanks for your question. Although registrations formally closed on May 11 we shall continue to accept them until midnight Wednesday May 16 (Houston time). After this time no further registrations shall be accepted. I hope this is helpful.

i just found out about the houston event,and want to attend really bad,but it says regestration closes on may 11...is it to late for me to attend and if so any idea when the next event will be ??

Hi Randy,
Please see my reply to Frank below.