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Salary of in-demand Jobs in Australia


Salary of in-demand Jobs in Australia
- Maria Theresa S. Samante, Apr 14, 2007

Alongside of working overseas is the salary for budgeting purposes. Foreign workers who want to land a job in Australia wonder how much they would earn in their chosen profession. Now, you don’t have to think since the Hays Salary Survey has released the salary of jobs included in the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL).


The Hays Salary Survey 2006 shows the annual salary as well as the average weekly wage of every occupation; professional, associate professional and trades persons.


The MODL is reviewed every six months or twice a year. This doesn’t mean that the list of job changes every time the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) make an update. The list would only be changed if there’s a development with the labor market trend.


Here is the salary guide for the MODL as of September 2006:


Salary/Average Weekly Wage




$68,000 – 85,000/$1000 week


$89,000 - $110,000/$1726 week

Chemical Engineer


Civil Engineer

$50,000 - $100,000/$1250 week

Computing Professional


- specializing in CISSP

$35,000 - $180,000

- specializing in Network Security

$35,000 - $180,000

- specializing in SAP

$35,000 - $180,000

- specializing in SIEBEL

$35,000 - $180,000

Dental Specialist

$36,000 - $55,000/$900/week


$40,000 - $100,000/$1199/week



Emergency Medicine Specialist


General Medical Practitioner


Hospital Pharmacist


Medical Diagnostic Radiographer


Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)


Obstetrician and Gynecologist


Occupational Therapist

$40,500 - $114,500/$942 week







Petroleum Engineer



$40,500 - $114,500/$942 wk







Registered Mental Health Nurse


Registered Midwife


Registered Nurse


Retail Pharmacist


Specialist Medical Practitioners (not elsewhere classified)


Specialist Physician


Speech Pathologist








Salary/Average Weekly Wage

Associate Professionals


Chef (excluding Commis Chef)




Trades Persons


Automotive Electrician

$36,000 - $54,000/$785 week



Boat Builder and Repairer








Carpenter and Joiner






Electrical Power line Tradesperson


Electrician (Special Class)

$840 +/week

Electronic Equipment Tradesperson


Fibrous Plasterer


Fitter Flat Glass Tradesperson


Floor Finisher


Furniture Upholsterer


Gas Fitter


General Electrician

$70,000 - $110,000/$840 week

General Electronic Instrument-Tradesperson


General Plumber

Work in West Australia
- Carmela Bignotia, Jul 12, 2007

Perth, the capital city of Western Australia is quickly becoming a favorite destination for Filipino workers. This is because of the various opportunities for employment for skilled and professional foreign workers here. The manufacturing industry as well as the mining companies in Perth is growing. The region is also experiencing a major skills shortage making it a hot destination for skilled migrants. The city is also competitive in the areas of education, health and biotechnology, building and construction, information technology and engineering.


General Information:

Population: estimate of 1.5 million people (more than 30% are born overseas)

Climate: more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia

Lifestyle: Sophisticated yet uncomplicated


How to Migrate


The Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) offers various ways for a foreigner to acquire a visa in Western Australia. One can apply either for a State/Territory sponsored visa, or through Federal visa programs.


Available visa scheme:


Skilled Independent Regional (SIR) Visa

State/Territory Nominated Independent (STNI) Visa

State/Territory Sponsored Business Visas

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) and Temporary 457

SIR and STNI Visas


For migrants to wok and live in Western Australia, they can apply for the SIR and STNI visas. Managed by the Western Australian Skilled Migration Centre (SMC), the two visas mentioned are designed to cope with the labor shortages in the region. 


STNI Visa:

Applicants for STNI visa must be 45 years old and below. English proficiency and practicing a profession included in the State’s Priority Skills List are the requirements for an applicant. This type of visa provides permanent residency.


SIR Visa:

Applicants for SRI visa must be 45 years old and below. English proficiency and has skills and work experiences that will be beneficial to the economy of the region are the requirements . This type of visa is valid for three years and may lead to permanent residency.


The applicants must be have knowledge, skills, and work experiences that are included in the Skills in Demand List of Western Australia.


Unlike the Priority Skills List required for assessing STNI applicants, the Skills in Demand List provides more opportunities for skilled workers in a broader range of occupations.


Regional Sponsored Migration:


The STNI and SIR type of visa are government-sponsored migration. However, an employer can also sponsor skilled migrants.


A company in Australia experiencing difficulty hiring staff from the local citizens and granted an approval to recruit foreign workers would be eligible to sponsor an applicant.


The sponsorship can either be a long term temporary or permanent basis.

This visa provides permanent residency for migrants in any of the regional areas of Western Australia.


The skilled visa classes are usually limited to professions with trade/diploma level qualifications and above. However, owing to the skill and labor shortages in regional WA, it is possible for regional employers to request a waiver on the skill level. Each of the Regional Development Commissions facilitates the Temporary 457 and RSMS schemes.


For more information about migration in Australia, please inquire at the Australian Embassy in the Philippines:


Chancery: H.E. Ruth Pearce

Address: 1st-5th Floors, Doña Salustiana Dee Ty Tower, 104 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City 1200

Postal Address: P.O. Box 1071 Makati Central Post Office, Makati City
Tel. No: 757-8100 (Switchboard)
Fax No: 757-8268 (Admin)


Watch out for the next article that will list various job opportunities in Perth, West Australia

- Source: OFW Guide


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