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Work and live in the 2nd best country in the world

Work and live in the 2nd best country in the world

According to a UN report in 2015, Australia ranks 2nd best for quality of life, after Norway.

Matched against 188 countries, this isn’t too shabby.

If it has always been your dream to work, live or even further your education in Australia, there might be an opportunity available for you.

Listed below are some of the areas where Australia is currently facing skill shortages.

if you have the necessary qualifications and working experience in these industries, the door might be open to you.

This is not a comprehensive list, but we will from time to time update this post to reflect the current market conditions.

So, what skills is Australia looking for in 2016?

constructionBuilding, Construction & Mechanical Services

There’a been a growing concern that not enough apprentices are being trained to replace retiring tradies and those who leave the workforce in Australia.

This is especially true for those in the building and construction sector.

Australia would need around 67,000 to 76,000 new workers in order to meet the projected demand of the industry.

A number of construction trades are already in shortage such as carpentry, bricklaying, stone-masonry, solid plastering, roof tiling, wall and floor tiling, plumbing and cabinet making, just to name a few. Two other related occupations in demand are Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic and Mechanical Services Plumber.

chefs in the kitchenTourism & Hospitality

The Australian tourism industry is growing fast and it needs to find another 123,000 workers including 60,000 skilled workers by the year 2020.

Besides the shortage, many businesses find it hard recruiting and retaining staff.

Nearly 70 per cent of businesses have identified skills deficiencies. Businesses are simply not finding the skills they need to operate effectively and efficiently.

The café, restaurant and catering sector has experienced increased shortages in skilled labour, with chefs and cooks the most difficult positions to fill.

nurse giving a jab

Medical Practitioners

Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals are in demand due to the ageing population.

Migration policies are to be adjusted to attract and retain skilled health professionals.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has allocated 13,872 positions for registered nurses, 3,558 for general medical practitioners and 6,000 for medical specialists such as surgeons and anaesthetists.

As you can see nurses are currently in high demand in Australia with opportunities for permanent and temporary work available at hospitals, nursing homes and medical centres.


Perhaps you have a skill that Australia needs. This is a great country to live in with great infrastructure, a stable political landscape and breath-taking natural beauty. If you want to Live the dream, Australia awaits you. Contact us via the form below and let’s begin the journey.

Now, what if your industry is not listed?

What you can do is contact us via the form below and we’ll do a quick assessment with you to determine if there are suitable pathways for you based on your circumstances.


Do let us know your highest level of education and current work experience in your enquiry to us as well.

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Glen is the Managing Director of Blue Education and also a Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 1385471). He loves the ability to provide his clients with the right pathway for their future career and migration needs through education and beyond.

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