NEWSLETTER No. 19 - January 2009


Many of you will be aware that over the last 18 months, the process for many applicants with trade skills, to emigrate to Australia has changed.

This is due to the decision of Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) not to recognise certain qualifications and / or prior learning. This has lead to many highly experienced tradespersons not being eligible for emigration, especially those who have acquired their skills through several years of on the job experience, rather than through formal qualifications.

The good news now is that we are working with approved Australian training organisations who can carry out detailed practical assessments throughout the UK and Ireland. This is a great opportunity for those who can demonstrate the full range of skills in their trade, but who do not have formal qualifications from completing college courses, apprenticeships etc...

Previously such programmes were only available in Australia, involving lengthy courses and great expense. 

Successful completion of the assessment will result in the award of an Australian Qualification Framework Certificate Level 3, which in turn should be recognised by Trades Recognition Australia, the Department of Immigration and Australian employers.

If you have skills / experience in any of the following trades and you are interested in moving to Australia, then please contact us.

Hairdresser, Plasterer, Floor Finisher, Wall / Floor Tiler, Bricklayer, Carpenter, Painter and Decorator, Roof Plumber, Roof Tiler, Cabinet Maker, Landscape Gardener, Flat Glass Trades 

Separate arrangements apply for UK based applicants in the following trades;

Electrician, General Plumber, Carpenter, Joiner, Motor Mechanic, Bricklayer, Cable Jointer, Refrigeration / Air Conditioning Mechanic 

We will then review your background in detail and advise you if the practical assessment is your route to a new life in Australia. 

This is a great option for those who have all the practical skills without the paperwork! 
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Previous Newsletters on migration issues:
Newsletter 1 - January 2007
  Newsletter 2 - March 2007
  Newsletter 3 - April 2007
  Newsletter 4 - May 2007
  Newsletter 5 - May 2007 - In Focus: Australia
  Newsletter 6 - June 2007
  Newsletter 7 - July 2007
  Newsletter 8 - August 2007
  Newsletter 9 - October 2007
  Newsletter 10 - November 2007
  Newsletter 11 - December 2007
  Newsletter 12 - February 2008
  Newsletter 13 - March 2008
  Newsletter 14 - June 2008

  Newsletter 15 - July 2008
  Newsletter 16 - September 2008
  Newsletter 17 - November 2008
  Newsletter 18 - December 2008

Contact us

Commonwealth Immigration Consultants Ltd.

based in London and Cambridge

Tel. +44 (0) 1223 830 916

The demand for skilled workers in Australia continues despite the global downturn affecting many other economies. The Australian economy is underpinned by a huge demand for its natural resources such as gas, minerals and metals and this is continuing a demand for workers. Construction, IT, Finance and Healthcare are areas that still urgently need skilled workers. 

The Australian government has pledged that applicants with many construction skills will be placed to the front of the queue when processing new applications for immigration. Furthermore, state governments are continuing to sponsor migrants directly for permanent residence. 

We have developed links with many employers, recruitment agencies and state governments, all looking to offer employment opportunities to skilled migrants. 

There is no shortcut to starting a new life Down Under. The first step is to see if you qualify for an Australian residence visa. Please complete the Online Assessment form on our website and we can review your eligibility.

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We hope that this newsletter has been informative for you.  However, remember everyone's circumstances are different so if you or a friend or family member want to check your eligibility to emigrate then either

1) complete the Online Assessment form on our website or
2) give us a call on (+44)  (0) 20 8365 3380

We would love to hear from you!

Tim McMahon
Commonwealth Immigration

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