Mark McGowan says the new list contains occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers. Photo: Attila Csaszar

McGowan slashes skilled migration jobs

The state government has slashed the number of occupations on the skilled migration list from 178 to just 18 in a bid to promote more local jobs and prevent an oversupply of overseas workers.


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All very well for local political consumption, but it knocks WA 'out of the park' as an attractive study destination for international students, with negative consequences for education export revenue for a state needing to find new sources of revenue and employment. The Skilled Migration Occupation List is a basic reference point for prospective international students. They will go to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney instead of Perth.

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