New scheme will make it easier to get jobs in Australia
IRISH tradespeople will soon be able to get a special licence in Ireland allowing them to work permanently in Australia.
A pilot programme is being introduced in October for Irish workers to get training and certification before they leave Ireland.
The Technical, Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) has set up the scheme with its Australian counterpart.
The TEEU general secretary Eamon Devoy said that until now people looking work have been travelling to Australia on a backpackers 12-month visa.
However, the rules changed in June and Irish people are now allowed to work in Australia on a permanent or short-term contact basis but securing the appropriate documentation to begin work can be difficult.
Mr Devoy said that the Australian electricity supply company Ergon is willing to offer permanent and pensionable employment to Irish workers and are prepared to pay relocation expenses for workers and their families.
He said the new scheme would give TEEU members a huge advantage over others going to Australia.
The union is also hoping to set-up a similar scheme with Canada.