Skilled migration back for auto

Public news

The MTA has secured a major advocacy win for businesses looking abroad for qualified technicians to meet existing skill shortages in the automotive industry.

Just prior to international borders reopening in Australia last year, the MTA learned we were successful in our lobbying efforts for the return of six automotive trades to the Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA) skilled migration program in South Australia.

The six reinstated occupations are:

  • 321111 Automotive Electrician
  • 321211 Motor Mechanic (General)
  • 321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • 321213 Motorcycle Mechanic
  • 899411 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)
  • 324111 Panelbeater

Pleasingly, a further occupation was added to the list:

  • 070499 Automotive Transmission Technician.

We know rural and regional communities have felt the impacts of skill shortages more sharply than in the city, and despite strong efforts to grow the pipeline of apprentices, many businesses need a highly qualified specialist technician today.

This fantastic win was in no small part possible thanks to the invaluable and persuasive contributions made by our members, particularly through the session we held with the South Australian Department for Innovation and Skills in February.