While some Australian states or territories are busy finding ways of attracting workforce and students to their states, others are gradually losing their focus, either knowingly or unknowingly. I feel 2019 is one of the most exciting years for students of all levels in Australia including those planning to study in Australia soon. Even as a student, I always searched for valuable articles to assist me when critical decisions needed to be made. I won’t forgive myself if I allow January to pass without sharing this information. May I also use this medium to commend the policy and decision makers of this location for its brilliant initiative.
One of the questions that always baffled me until now is that some states or territories are okay for their best brains to move to other locations for greener pastures since we know that a knowledge of science, technology and mathematics can help drive the economy of their state forward. Furthermore, I always ask myself another question, “Has the state grown so big and self-sufficient that they don’t need more growth”? To the best of my knowledge, Victoria is the only state in Australia which currently offers free tram (transportation) within the Melbourne CBD, and I am aware that some European cities are also trying to do the same. Well, this is contrary to the popular belief of “human needs are insatiable” and that “Oliver Twist always asks for more”. I must say at this point that the location I am referring to also has its negatives based on the weather conditions, but that is not an issue for many of us.
This particular location recently added 117 occupations to their skilled list while some other states and territories are busy removing several scientific and technology-related occupations. Since our day-to-day life is centred on science, technology, and innovation, I do not understand the logic behind removing these occupations from their skilled list. What is even more interesting about this area is that they have given opportunities to low skilled workers with AQF Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill level 4), understanding the essence of building their economy from the grassroots. I think those behind these creative and innovative ideas are thinking far ahead of others and they deserve admiration.
If you are familiar with Australia, I am sure you know the location I am referring to. We will all look back in a few years from now at this bold decision taken by the policymakers of this place, and we will say a big THANK YOU. I will conclude by saying the article is centred on none other than the area known as the “Northern Territory”. I hope this information is useful to current and prospective students in Australia.
Written by Tim Wall