Jobs for Pinoy Nurses in Australia?

Friday, December 30, 2011

According to this report, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is eyeing job opportunities in Australia in 2012 for nurses and skilled workers.

POEA Administrator Carlos Cao, Jr. said Filipinos should take advantage of the shortage of workers in Australia which might be beneficial for Filipino nurses and construction and mining workers.

Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) said the shortage of nurses in Australia is 40,000 until 2015.

On the other hand, the shortage in the construction industry is projected upward to 750,000 construction positions over the next 20 years, she said.

This is good news. But the reality is that Filipino Nurses are required to undergo a bridging program in Australia before skills assessment. Without this, they can't apply for Skills Migration program and can't work as a nurse. Undergoing a bridging program is costly.

Unless changes in the Skills Assessment for Filipino nurses would be implemented, this POEA target may never materialize.

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