Registration Open For Upcoming Aussie Job Fair

Chevron's Petroleum production facilities on Thevenard Island, Western Australia. Aerial view (1995).
If you've always wanted to work "down under," you might have a chance to do just that in less than two weeks. Australian oil, gas and mining industries will be here recruiting skilled Houston workers.

It's the first-ever Aussie job fair here in Houston May 19th and 20th, with the Australian government and thirty leading companies looking to fill 650 jobs in the oil, gas and mining industries. Sandi Logan is with Australia's Department of Immigration.

"Australia is going through and will continue to enjoy a considerable resources boom in the mining, in the gas, the oil and the construction sectors. But unfortunately, we're simply not equipped with local trained, skilled workers, whether it's in the trades such as welding, or electrical, carpentry or whether it's things like project engineering or surveyors. We're not well-equipped in Australia to fill the need."

Logan says experts will also be on hand to help with work visa and relocation questions.

Potential workers first have to register and go through a screening process before they're invited to the job fair. That web address is immi.gov.au/skillevents.

Officials aren't announcing the job fair location until they've screened applicants.

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News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...