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Oct 5, 2006
Australia needs Childcare Workers
- Maria Theresa S. Samante Email this article

Currently, the Federal Government of Australia is looking for childcare workers to meet the shortage of the said post. After five years, childcare coordinators and workers is again included in Australia’s Migrant Occupation in-Demand List (MODL).


According to the working paper of the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE), a study done by Warrilow and Fisher in 2003, found out that the low student intake, the high number of staff leaving the profession (quoted as between 33% and 40% annually) and increased demand for services, has created a shortage of qualified staff. This is particularly so for long day care centers in metropolitan regions. However, of the 25 approvals between June and December 2001 for a NSW centre to have a not suitably qualified person in the position of teacher, 18 were for non-metropolitan regions, indicating the problem may be more widespread.


There are more post added in the list of in-demand jobs in Australia such as surveyors, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and five new computing specialties.


Australia’s list of in-demand jobs is compiled according to the labor marker research and analysis done by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.


The 35 managerial and professional occupations on the list gain extra points when applying for a Visa, making it easier for foreign workers to come to Australia.

The Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone, said that the changes help address the ongoing shortages in the skilled labor market of Australia.

Penny Wong, Labor acting childcare spokeswoman said that the inclusion of childcare workers on the list was “yet more shocking” evidence about the Howard Government's education record.


The Howard Government is a policy-free zone when it comes to childcare.


“Qualified childcare workers do not grow on trees -  they need places at TAFE and university, and better pay and conditions to encourage them into the career,” the spokeswoman said.

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