Filipinos encouraged to apply for Australian visas; Should help reduce Australian labour shortages

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is encouraging Filipinos to apply for available job opportunities for nurses and for other skilled worker positions in Australia this year. POEA Administrator Carlos Cao Jr. said Filipinos should take advantage of the shortage of Australian workers in the nursing, mining, and manufacturing sectors.

"This is now the opportune time to provide viable solutions to the growing number of jobless and under-employed Filipino nurses now already numbering close to 300,000, including the 68,000 who just recently passed the latest nursing board examinations," Cao said.

A report by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office revealed that the shortage of nurses in Australia is estimated to be 40,000 positions over the next three years. Additionally, the report stated the shortage of workers in Australia's construction industry is projected to be up to 750,000 positions over the next 20 years.

"With its mining and construction boom that run short of skilled workers and its healthcare system now with an acute need for registered nurses and other allied professionals, there are tremendous opportunities to widen the gateway for jobs for Filipinos in Australia across all industries and across all states and territories," Cao added.

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