Australia relies on skilled migration to meet the growing demands on its health system. Our latest ImmiTV migrant profile features Andrea, a British nurse manager who immigrated to Australia with her husband, Paul, and two daughters, through the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).
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While attending a Skills Australia Needs event in London, Andrea met a representative from the City of Greater Geelong Council who later helped her secure employment in the Victorian public health sector.
The family have been living in Geelong for more than a year and have thoroughly enjoyed their new life in Australia. The children have settled easily into school with one of the girls joining a local footy team. ‘She knows more about the Australian Football League (AFL) code than I do!’ laughed Paul.
They made friends through the local ‘buddy’ system established by the City of Greater Geelong’s Skilled Migration Project, where a skilled migrant family ‘adopted’ them soon after they arrived in the area, answering their many questions about life in Australia.
Andrea is now pursuing a master’s degree at university to further her career as a highly qualified public health professional.
Permanent regional migration visas, including RSMS, are afforded the highest processing priority. RSMS enables regional Australian employers to sponsor overseas skilled workers for permanent residence in Australia, filling skilled vacancies in their business where the local labour market cannot meet demand.