Hi All

Just picked this up off another site

For the last few years it has been recognised that those with trade skills have had difficulty securing immediate employment in Australia. Migrants with certain occupations have required further courses of study leading to Australian qualifications before they could commence work - which while understandable to a degree clearly delays the time before a skilled migrant can help meet skills shortages in Australia.

In February 2006 the Council of Australian Governments agreed to introduce new arrangements that would make it easier for migrants with skills that meet Australian standards to work as soon as they arrive in Australia. In its Easter bulletin TRA has announced that it is presently planning that Australian registered training organisations will be given authority from the 1st of July 2007 to carry out competency based assessments in certain occupations and in certain countries that will enable individuals to undergo a single assessment that will meet the requirements of:

- migration,
- qualification recognition, and
- occupations licensing requirements

The countries where these assessments will be carried out are:

- the UK
- India
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- the Phillippines

The trades in which these assessments will be possible are:

- General Electrician
- General Plumber
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
- Motor Mechanic
- Carpenter and Joiner
- Electrical Powerline Tradesperson
- Cable Jointer

More details are expected in the next 2 to 3 months.
Weblink: http://www.workplace.gov.au/NR/rdonl...erBulletin.pdf

Hope this is OK