Skill gaps in Victoria are addressed through local training and recruitment. In certain instances, industries may require migration to quickly supplement the number of skilled professionals available. Victoria has added a new “Workforce Skills Pathway” to their nomination program for the 190 visa and 491 visa.
The Workforce Skills Pathway (WSP) is a way to address:
Skills gaps that are created by the introduction of a new Victorian Government policy or strategy where alternative pathways are not readily available or effective and other workforce development solutions are not effective or do not exist; or
Skills gaps that exist in specific industries where alternative migration pathways and other workforce development solutions are not effective or do not exist.
The WSP must support state or industry wide development and be in the public interest. It qualified with occupations in demand in Victoria, but not related to STEMM or a target sector. A Workforce Skills Pathway addresses a state-wide or region-wide skill gap and may have its own unique selection criteria. Any targeted occupations will be highly skilled.
If you are eligible to apply or have been asked to apply under a Workforce Skills Pathway, you do not need to be working in a target sector to be selected to apply for visa nomination.
Current Workforce Skills Pathways
To assist industry address labour shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Victorian Government has established the Hospitality pathway for highly skilled cooks and chefs.
You must be eligible under either the subclass 190 or subclass 491 Victorian visa nomination criteria and be living and working in Victoria as a cook or chef.
Early Childhood Teachers
The Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over the decade to deliver Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. This investment will create an additional 6,000 teaching jobs across Victoria.
In partnership with the Department of Education and Training, we are accepting applications from eligible early childhood teachers for Victorian nominated skilled visas.
You must be eligible under either the subclass 190 or subclass 491 Victorian visa nomination criteria and be living and working in Victoria as an Early Childhood Teacher. You must also have a relevant skills assessment as an Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
The first workforce skills pathways have been opened in hospitality for highly skilled cooks and chefs, also early childhood educators. It is likely in the future more pathways in other industries as well as more occupations will become eligible.