ANNOUNCEMENT 16 Mar 2009In March 2009, the government of Australia announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Ministry of Immigration and Citizenship. (16 March 2009). Government cuts migration program. Available at http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/media-releases/2009/ce09030.htm
On 16 March 2009, the Rudd Government announced that it would cut the total amount of permanent work visas and the eligible occupations for 2009.
The government plans to cut the intake of skilled migrants by 14 percent from 133 500 to 115 000.
Also, it announced the removal of "building and manufacturing trades" from the Critical Skills List, a list that enumerates the occupations eligible for ther permanent skilled migration program. Occupations affected by this change are "bricklayers, plumbers, welders, carpenters and metal fitters."