So, what does it take to be able to work in Australia ? You may think you need 'sponsorship' or need to be 'invited'. That's not always true.
It may seem very complicated but for a little effort, it can be done. If you're thinking of moving from overseas to work in Australia, check out this site:
Go to: Work Visas - Skilled Independent Visa .... then look at 'skilled occupation list (SOL)'. This shows a list of occupations (Engineers / HSE etc) who are in demand within Australia's mining industry.
This is a quote from the website:
'The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has set specific basic requirements that all applicants must meet in order to apply for a visa in the General Skilled Migration program.
To qualify for a Skilled visa, applicants (or their partner) must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language ability, occupation, skills, qualification, recent work experience, health and character.
In addition, applicants for a Skilled visa must also pass a points test. Points can be claimed in areas related to age, English language ability, specific work experience, spouse skills and other bonus categories.
The current pass mark for the Skilled Independent visa
And then there's the entitlements:
'Successful applicants and holders of an Australian Skilled Independent visa become permanent residents of Australia. Australian permanent residents are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis. Additional benefits of Australian permanent residence include access to government-subsidised healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.'
IF you don't meet the '65 points' requirements, you can still apply for a 'Skilled Sponsored Visa' or even a 'Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa' which may seem a bit more familiar to those who have previously considered migrating to Australia to take advantage of the mining boom.
Hope this information helps !