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Cooks galore and hairdressers aplenty

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posted on 04.05.2017, 05:00 by Birrell, Bob, Healy, Ernest, Kinnaird, Bob
Overseas student commencements in cooking and hairdressing courses have nearly tripled between 2004 and 2006. This growth reflects the advantages which Migrant Occupations in Demand List (MODL) listing of these two occupations has given for those seeking permanent residence in Australia. The article critically examines the standards of the Registered Training Organisations providing the training. In particular the state and federal regulatory bodies which oversee their operation do not assess the competency of those completing these courses. The article concludes that only a minority of those completing these courses and subsequently gaining permanent residence will actually enter the cooking and hairdressing occupations in Australia. There is an urgent need for reform to the procedures by which occupations come to be listed on the MODL and of the skilled migration regulations which have allowed the situation to develop. Copyright. Monash University and the author/s


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People and place, vol. 15, no. 1 (2007), p. 30-44. ISSN 1039-4788