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Engineering graduates in Australia are world-class, but unlike most other professions, most of us won't get the opportunity to work in our field of study.

The system is broken.

Despite 4 years of study (at least) and in some cases more than $100,000 in student debt, there are still not enough jobs.

Why? Becuase we're still importing engineers from overseas on the false premise of a 'skills shortage'.

In fact, Australia has never imported as many engineers as it is right now.

At the same time, engineering job vacancies are at an all time low - meaning it's never been harder to get a job in engineering!

How has this happened?

Key links: 

[Business of Skilled Migration homepage] 

[Email Minister Dutton directly]

[Engineers imported from overseas as Australians struggle to find jobs]

[The story of skilled migration: infographic]

This skilled migration of engineers to Australia is a multi-million dollar business business, and the beneficiaries are employers and those undertaking skilled migration assessments.

In 2015/16, skilled migration assessments generated $8.8 million.

The problem is that Minister Dutton - the Minister responsible for setting the Skilled Occupations List - is taking advice from organisations which benefit from the status quo.

Minister Dutton should be listening to the advice from the Department of Employment.

We are calling on Minister Dutton to remove engineering occupations from the Skilled Occupations List.

The Association of Professional Engineers Australia, a division of Professionals Australia is running a campaign to lobby Minister Dutton to make this change.

More than 1,600 engineers have signed APEA's letter to Minister Dutton, and more keep signing.

The campaign also recieved national media attention, and generated great discussion on Reddit!

How you can help!

APEA is a non-profit, member-based organistion. It exists to meet the needs and expectations of members. Not Government. Not employers. And certainly not for profit.

To get a real outcome, to get Minister Dutton to remove engineering from the Skilled Occupations List (SOL), we need to boost campaign activity!

Your donations will fund:

The production of three short animated videos which we'll use to build more awareness, and put more pressure on Minister Dutton to act;

The printing and mailing costs to send a copy of the report, and final signed letter to EVERY MP in the country;

Digital advertising costs to ensure this issue recieves the attention it deserves.



  • Nathan Chappell
    • $100 
    • 7 yrs


Fred George
Melbourne VIC

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