The Australian Government is hosting an employment expo in London during September to help employers find skilled workers from the UK, a Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) spokesman said today.

“Are you skilled in engineering, medical services, or trades? If so, Australia needs you,” the spokesman said.

“There is still a critical need for skilled workers across a range of Australian industries. The Skills Australia Needs Expo in London will target the industries most in need of skilled workers, such as the mining, health and construction industries.”

“The expo will play host to representatives from major Australian employers and governments from all Australian states and territories. Participants will be able to find out more about possible career pathways down under.”

Since the expo program started in 2005, some 23 expos have been staged in Australia and overseas, with eight in the United Kingdom.

The last UK expo was in 2009 and featured 38 exhibitors including Australian employers, government organisations and relocation service providers. More than 1800 people from the UK who had skills in high demand in Australia also attended.

“The last expo was a big success for both industry representatives and people attending: 90 per cent of participants said they would recommend future expos to friends, while 80 per cent thought they might have met a suitable sponsor for migration to Australia as a result of the expo,” a DIAC spokesman said.

The Skills Australia Needs expo will be staged in London on September 11 and 12.

For more information or to register interest in attending, please go to

This event will provide an opportunity for skilled workers to meet with Australian employers and state and territory governments to discuss employment opportunities in Australia and opportunities to be sponsored for an Australian working visa. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear directly from the department about skilled visa options for Australia. Assessing authorities will also be in attendance to discuss skills assessments for Australian visas.
Attendance at this event is free of charge and by invitation only.

Who should apply to attend this event?

Skilled workers who:

  • are under 45 years of age
  • have good English language skills
  • are interested in living and working in Australia
  • have qualifications and/or work experience in an occupation in demand in Australia and skills needed by a participating employer or state and territory governments
  • are residing within reasonable proximity to the location of the expo.