Migrant Bricklayers wanted for Australia
Qualified in Bricklaying and want the Australian climate and lifestyle?
Bricklaying in the Australian climate is nice work … and the door is now wide open. Are you a qualified bricklayer who would you like to temporarily work or permanently migrate and work in Australia? For an outdoor trade like bricklaying, the warm Australian summer and mild winters of the southern hemisphere have a lot to offer. Opportunities for outback travel, endless sporting choices and the relaxed lifestyle, suit most bricklayers. Bringing a family? The standard of living is high – excellent earnings, housing, education and healthcare. Culturally, Australia is one of the most stable and tolerant nations, welcoming people of all walks of life.
Australia Needs Migrant and VISA-entry Bricklayers
There is a skills shortage of bricklayers in Australia, resulting from improved housing starts, an ageing bricklayer workforce and low apprenticeship commencements. Therefore, from July 1, 2014 the Commonwealth Government approved the reinstatement of Bricklaying on the Skilled Occupations List, which enables skilled bricklayers to apply for General Skilled Migration Visas. These Permanent Visa applications can be made independently (Subclass 189) or the application can be sponsored by an Australian employer (Subclass 190).
The demand for bricklayers has seen an increase in works arriving in Australia through a Sponsored 457 Visa. This enables a worker to stay on a temporary basis of three to four years.
The various categories of entry are explained fully in the links shown below.
Learn about the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation’s role in reducing the skills shortage in this industry.
Skilled Bricklayer Visa Categories
There are several ways to come to Australia as a skilled bricklayer and you can lodge your application from home. Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website, Visa Options to start or go directly to various categories shown below.
Employer Sponsored Categories:
- Sub-class 457 – Business (Long Stay)
- Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS)
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)
- Temporary Work (Skilled) Visas
General Skilled Migration categories:
- Skilled – Independent
- Skilled – Sponsored
- Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional)
- Skilled – Regional
- Skilled – Graduate
Skills Assessment Requirement
Bricklayers need to be qualified in their country of origin and need to satisfy a skills assessment equivalent ranking to meet the full Australian Bricklaying and Blocklaying qualification, Certificate III. The Australian Skills Recognition service provides information on assessing your qualifications, skills and experience.
If you require assistance in the initial phase of considering your options, please Email ABBTF’s CEO, Ian Stoneman with your queries.