SkillSelect is a major change to how Australia
manages its skilled migration program.
Skill Select will ensure the skilled migration program is based on the
economic needs of Australia. The Australian Government will be able to
manage who is able to apply for skilled migration, when they are able
to apply and in what numbers, on the basis of this need. As a result,
the Department of Immigration and Citizenship expects to significantly
reduce the time taken to process a visa application and improve the settlement
and employment prospects of its skilled migrants.
SkillSelect will also help address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect
allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and
work in regional Australia. This will be of particular benefit to employers
experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments
attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia.