The shortage of skilled bricklayers in Australia has been confirmed by the recent decision of the Federal Department of Education and Training to have bricklaying remain on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for the 2016-2017 year.
The annual review of the SOL takes into account the labour market prospects of skilled migrants along with domestic training and labour market outcomes. It invites submissions and conducts consultations with a wide range of stakeholders including ABBTF.
The Skilled Occupations List enables overseas based skilled bricklayers to apply for General Skilled Migration Visas. These Permanent Visa applications can be made independently (Subclass 189) or the application can be sponsored by an Australian employer (Subclass 190). ABBTF maintains information on the Skilled Occupations List at Migrating to Australia on the website.