Australia General Skilled Migration - Latest "Pathway D" News

February 18, 2008

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) is continuing to liaise with Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) and the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations in relation to Pathway D that, before its suspension, allowed the work experience skills of tradespeople to be assessed for migrant entry purposes.

Progress has been slow but TRA has indicated that they have put submissions to Minister Gillard and will be consulting with the MIA about a replacement for "Pathway D". TRA has indicated that it is committed to introduction of the replacement pathway by 1 July at latest and is prepared to discuss possible interim measures with the MIA within the next month or two.

In short, progress has been slower than hoped but TRA is still talking to the MIA and all indications are that there will be a replacement pathway made available in coming months even if requirements are likely to be more stingent.

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