Due to its expanding and resilient economy, Australia has often not been able to meet its need for a skilled workforce. To make up for the skill shortage , it has targeted workers from European labour market, while offering them lower cost of living, shorter work hours and a better climate to live in.
Current shortages in the Australian labour market affect mainly skilled tradespeople, and to a lesser extent skilled occupations, particularly in medicine and related fields. Australia's Department of Employment reported in 2015 that a total of 6 professions and 21 trades had been suffering consistent national skill shortages since 2007 in most of the state territories.
If you are under 45, and have 6-7 years experience in any of the shortage trade or profession (inclusive of training/apprenticeship/study) the chances of you getting an Australian visa are high
According to the reports published by the Department of Employment, Australian Government, the country is experiencing a skills shortage of builders, engineers, traders, nurses, teachers and chefs at a national level. This shortage in skills is affecting business growth in Australia with new research finding that Small to Medium Businesses (SMEs), including those into family business, cannot find the right staff to grow their company. To fill in the current skill gap, many businesses are employing skilled migrants particularly in the field of IT, Nursing, Healthcare and Transport.
Skill shortage in Australia developed due to high spending on the economic infrastructure and engineering construction projects. As of now the skill shortage demand was met through domestic graduates, but now there has been a gap to produce enough trained professionals for skilled occupations to meet the skill shortage demand.