More than ever, Australia needs skilled and capable engineers.

But the way we’re importing skilled labour is failing the profession, the nation, and migrant engineers.

To give the next generation the opportunity they deserve, employers have to play their part. Yet rather than undertaking proper workforce development, we are increasingly seeing industry turn to skilled migration as a short-term solution.

Students shouldn’t spend four years paying to study to be overlooked because organisations prefer to improve their bottom line.

The Association of Professional Engineers Australia has written to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, regarding the ongoing presence of engineering disciplines on the Skilled Occupations List.

We have asked that his department re-examine the disciplines of engineering on the Skilled Occupation List and remove them, so as to best reflect the interests of local engineers and support the domestic labour market.

It makes no sense that almost all engineering disciplines remain listed on the SOL when the Department of Employment identify no shortages and graduates struggle to find work and valuable experience.

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