Published: Friday December 10, 2010 MYT 2:47:00 PM
Western Australia needs skilled migrants for mining boom
SYDNEY: The West Australian (WA) government said on Friday it would target overseas workers to help fill the gap in the state's skills shortage as mining continues to boom, China's Xinhua news agency reported.
WA Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier announced the government's workforce development plan to address a range of labour problems in the state.
He said the number of workers leaving the workforce combined with population growth would create a gap of about 150,000 workers in WA in the next seven years.
One of the issues identified by Collier was the skills shortage that was to get worse with 220 billion AU dollars (US$217 billion) worth of major projects over the coming years.
In addressing this problem, the minister said one of the goals would be to use skilled migrants to fill vacancies that cannot be filled by local workers.
As a result the WA government has signed an agreement with the federal government which will allow the state to sponsor 6,000 visa applications for the 2010 programme year.
"Training and preparing West Australians for the workforce is our number one priority," Collier said in a statement. "However, targeted migration will be an important strategy in filling those high value vacancies unable to be filled by the local workforce," the minister said.
WA's Chamber of Minerals and Energy welcomed the plan saying attracting and retaining skilled workers was critical in delivering sustained economic growth in the resources sector. - Bernama
Hi, any ideal what is the course should have in order to gain access in this mining field?Planning to get out present location to another.
Curtin University of Technology
The Western Australian School of Mines has been locally and internationally recognised as a provider of excellence in minerals education, research and industry service since 1902.
WASM is one of only three national university schools that are endorsed by the Minerals Council of Australia as a preferred national provider of mining engineering education through Mining Education Australia, the Metallurgical Education Partnership (MEP) and the Geosciences Consortium. The Western Australian School of Mines is a school within Curtin University's Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Thanks.neddy for the infor. Btw for me, not so educated. Just see my own trade skill able to value add to the mining field,ie as a excavator operator.
Australia is becoming the Saudi Arabia of the global gas energy needs. If you are in the gas & oil industry, you are looking at min. 30 years of prosperity ahead.
Singapore is in fact one of the beneficiary countries of this boom, thanks to the offsourcing of transferable jobs to cheaper countries.
Hmm.. well,education is a essential tool for understanding the big picture.Of cos it depends on which edu. level you are in.With the experience and knowledge combine will be better off for the individual.As mention I don't think,I am able to fit in as a engineer.For new PR is better to get a job 1st.. or else it going to be hard.
Somehow, to Indians - hard to get a job is never an issue. It is amazing how they think out of the box of social and legal constraints.
More and more of them are arriving in Perth, the double degrees holders, MSc, PhD holders working immediately in service stations, fast food outlets, cleaning staff before jumping ships. They seems to fit into every jobs.
Some are so arrogant like the Door Plus sales manager at Osborne Park. I would rather give my business to a decent Aussie bloke.
An ex-Singapore public servant complain about his Canadian-Indian computing programmer working on govt contracts for $56k, jump ship to the vendor (Fujitsu) doing the same job $67k and now disappeared into an Italian oil company operating in West Perth.
Tough times for flamboyant tycoon Pankaj Oswal
Andrew Burrell From: The Australian December 20, 2010 12:00AM
"NOW the war is on." These words were written by Pankaj Oswal to a former employee in a series of angry emails obtained by The Australian.
They encapsulate the flamboyant Indian tycoon's combative and authoritarian approach to business.
They may even offer a hint of why the Perth-based Oswal's business empire lies in tatters today.
He has debts of $800 million and is believed to have flown out of Australia, amid allegations of serious financial irregularities.
On Friday night, ANZ issued a shock announcement that Oswal's Burrup Fertilisers, which built a $700m ammonia plant in Western Australia's Pilbara region, had been placed with a receiver and a sale process launched. To some of those who have observed Oswal's corporate activities since he arrived in Perth almost a decade ago, this public unravelling should come as no surprise.
For behind the Oswals' A-list parties and their flamboyance in building Australia's most expensive house in Perth's western suburbs lies a tale involving allegations against his company of unpaid debts, broken promises and a disregard for the rules.
"I am not surprised -- he thought he was invincible," a former close associate of Oswal's said yesterday. "His attitude has always been that it's his company and he will do whatever he wants.
"But also the law in India is not as strict or as consistent as in Australia, so you can usually get yourself out of trouble over there."
Oswal, 37, lost control of Burrup Fertilisers on Friday after a dispute that had been simmering for months with his 35 per cent shareholder in Burrup Holdings, Norwegian chemicals giant Yara International.
The brawl hit the courts amid allegations by Yara that Oswal was using Burrup Fertilisers funds for his private interests and was refusing to open the company's accounts to scrutiny. Burrup denied the claims.
ANZ appears to have become fed up with Oswal and ordered receivers PPB Advisory to sell the business. The bank referred to the allegation of irregularities. In a further blow to Oswal, Yara has been put in charge and is one of the obvious potential buyers.
Oswal's apparent inability to work amicably with others can be traced back almost to the time he landed in Perth with dreams of building the world's biggest ammonia plant on a remote patch of dirt in the Pilbara.
Oswal is involved in another case in the West Australian Supreme Court as part of a brawl with a Perth property syndicate over claims he reneged on a leasing deal he struck at the height of the resources boom.
When Oswal was forced to be examined in that case in May, it produced evidence that virtually all of his assets had liabilities hanging over them.
Three years ago, Indian company Paharpur Cooling Towers launched legal action in the Supreme Court against Burrup Fertilisers, seeking $4m it claimed Oswal refused to pay for work it conducted at his Pilbara ammonia plant.
Oswal attempted to shift the blame for the outstanding bill on to his estranged former business partner and fellow Indian, Vikas Rambal, who responded by lodging an affidavit containing damaging allegations about Oswal's business practices. Oswal denied the claims.
Now, as receiver PPB Advisory begins a sale process of Burrup Fertilisers in an attempt to recoup up to $800m, The Australian can reveal a series of emails sent between Oswal and an Indian teacher he hired to tutor his daughter in Perth.
The emails involve allegations that Oswal's company Oswal Projects imported the tutor from India while telling the Immigration Department that the man would work as a chef -- an in-demand occupation under Australian laws.
Oswal denied all the allegations when they were put to him recently, before his company was placed in receivership.
The documents show that Oswal told the tutor, Prakash Moghe, he would complain to Indian police that "you have stolen things from our apartment and run away from here" and warning him that "now the war is on".
A trail of documents and emails show Dr Moghe was hired last year by Oswal Projects to tutor Oswal's 12-year-old daughter Vasundhara in Perth to help her win admission to the exclusive Lawrence School in India.
But the company allegedly gained approval from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship for Dr Moghe to work as a chef -- and the working visa was granted on that basis.
Dr Moghe, who has had a long career as a teacher in India, says he never worked as a chef while in Australia.
Oswal said Dr Moghe had applied for a position as a chef with Otarian, the vegetarian restaurant business run by his wife Radhika, but admitted that he went on to work as a tutor while in Australia.
It is not known whether Oswal Projects was ever investigated over this. The department declined to comment.
Sources have provided The Australian with email correspondence between Dr Moghe and Oswal's human resources manager in July 2009, stating that he would be working as a tutor for Vasundhara. Dr Moghe also provided a copy of an "internal agreement" with Oswal Projects from July 2009, stating he was "invited to come to Australia for training and tutoring purposes".
A separate "offer of employment" stated that Dr Moghe would work as a chef. However, Dr Moghe said he only signed that document, and some others, after being told they were for "internal formalities" and assuming they were for visa purposes.
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How did this idiot managed to mess up his lucrative fertiliser business which he got so cheap from the WA govt?
Read on ...............
More parties circle Oswal's Burrup Fertilisers
Rebecca Lawson, Business Reporter From: PerthNow January 05, 2011 10:00AM
The Oswal's partly built mansion in Peppermint Grove is up for sale at the right price. Picture: Allen Stewart Source: PerthNow
THE number of parties circling Burrup Fertilisers has doubled as cash-strapped majority owner Pankaj Oswal looks to extend his asset fire-sale list.
Around 10 interested parties from around the world are now eyeing Mr Oswal’s 65 per cent stake in ammonia company Burrup Fertilisers, up from five when Mr Oswal’s shareholding was placed in receivership last month.
Ian Carson, of receivers PPB, said he was surprised by the level of interest.
“We’ve got about 10 interested parties now from all over the world, from south America from the Middle East, Europe and from Australia,” he said.
“They’re interested in the business, whether that’s a shareholding or whether it’s the business outright. Most of them know that we’ve got the 65 per cent shareholding so most of them are interested in the shareholding.”
Mr Carson said PPB was in the process of confirming a meeting with the directors of Burrup Fertilisers next week, and its not yet known whether Mr Oswal will be present.
Mr Oswal, along with his wife Radhika, is believed to be in India visiting their daughter. Mr Oswals' Perth-based spokesperson Chris Codrington said he is expected to return to Perth next week
The sale of the 65 per cent shareholding, or possibly even the company outright, is expected to take between three to six months.
Mr Oswal has previously claimed the receivers could not touch the entire 65 per cent shareholding, saying he only owed 30 per cent while Mrs Oswal owned 35 per cent, “almost all of which are not subject to security and which cannot be sold by a receiver”.
Meantime, PerthNow understands the Oswal's may be looking to cut costs at their fast-food vegetarian chain, Otarian.
The restaurant, which is under Radhika's name, is not in receivership and is believed to have no debts. There are four Otarian restaurants worldwide with two in London and and two in the US.
It is not known how Otarian will cut costs.
The speculation adds to reports that Mr Oswal could be looking to sell his collection of 17 luxury cars in an effort to raise cash, with his $1 million-plus salary from Burrup Fertilisers reportedly stopped by receivers.
The Oswal’s $70 million Peppermint Grove mansion is also on the market for “the right price”, with speculation that the block of land, which overlooks the Swan River, could be sub-divided. Industry speculation is that the block could be sold for around $40 million.
It was also revealed today that Mrs Oswal was in the process of buying a cattle farm in North Dandalup for $8.9 million.
Mr Codrington said he believed Mrs Oswal will settle the deal, however it is now know what will happen next.
It is not known whether the receivers have access to the Oswal’s partly built mansion, the cars or the farm, as investigations are ongoing.
ANZ called in PPB last month to the Oswal’s 65 per cent share in Burrup Holdings, citing evidence of financial irregularities and Mr Oswal’s long-running dispute with major shareholder, Yara International.
ANZ has a direct $360 million exposure to Burrup Fertilisers, but could be owed as much as $800 million.
Last month, the Commonwealth Bank appointed receivers to Garuda Aviation, a company which Mr Oswal has an interest in. The company owned a $30 million jet.
I put up this story to remind the modus operandi of how rich south Asian migrants do business here
This racist woman do not allow construction workers to eat meat at the construction site of her new home.
Radhika Oswal made cattle farm deal
KIM MACDONALD and NEALE PRIOR, The West Australian January 5, 2011, 2:25 am The West Australian ©
Further details of the Oswal property empire have emerged with revelations Radhika Oswal was in the final stages of buying a multimillion-dollar cattle farm when receivers seized control of the family's Burrup Fertilisers empire.
Mrs Oswal, a well-known vegetarian and wife of Burrup founder Pankaj Oswal, was buying an $8.9 million plot of farming land in North Dandalup, 70km south of Perth, under a time-payment plan.
The beef cattle farm is a curious choice for Mrs Oswal, given her controversial speech at a 2009 party for Burrup Fertilisers that meat eaters were "covering the world in s..t" because of the build-up of livestock excrement.
Land purchase documents show Mrs Oswal intended to use the hilly property as a farming business, but did not state the type of agriculture.
She was to make a $1.4 million final payment on the farm last Thursday after striking an $8.9 million deal with North Dandalup cattle grazier George Pollard in June 2009 to buy a 300ha section of his Mundup farm.
Under the deal, she was to have paid Mr Pollard $7.5 million in a little over a year.
It is not known what payments have been made but Mrs Oswal lodged a caveat over Mr Pollard's property in July last year, claiming an interest because of the time-payment deal.
Mr Pollard refused to comment. The Oswal family, who are believed to be in India, could not be contacted.
Details of the farm's ownership under Mrs Oswal's name add to speculation that many of the family's assets are out of bounds for receivers trying to recover $800 million in debt for the ANZ Bank.
Mr Oswal has previously claimed that receivers were unable to touch any assets held in his wife's name, which could include more than half of the family's 65 per cent share in Burrup Fertilisers' holding company Burrup Holdings.
Mrs Oswal is the registered owner of the half-completed Peppermint Grove mansion known as the Taj Mahal on the Swan, which is now on the market, as well as the family's primary residence in Philip Road, Dalkeith.
Real estate agent Willie Porteous conceded the industry was awash with rumours Mrs Oswal was also selling the Dalkeith home, but denied talk he was the agent.
Mr Oswal has also lost his Gulfstream IV-SP corporate jet, with the Commonwealth Bank appointing receivers to the Oswal-linked company Garuda Aviation.
Well, I m not rich. so, I dont think they will pick on us.Anyway, still going all out to migrate for the seek of our kids.Btw need some advise, we onli can apply onli business migrate.what is the stuff need to look at?
After losing lost his Gulfstream IV-SP corporate jet in Singapore, The Oswals has to use commercial jet to get to Dubai.
The neighbours rejoice and cheers when their rude, difficult and arrogant bad upper-class-keling neighbours, Oswals, leave.
I think Indians need to realise that Australia does not fit them. Hope they do well in Dubai.
Removalists move in as the Oswals move out
January 15, 2011
Removalists pack up the Oswals' belongings at their Dalkeith mansion this morning. Photo: Channel Ten
There is heightened speculation fertiliser tycoons Pankaj and Radhika Oswal are leaving Perth for good after removalists arrived to pack up their Dalkeith mansion this morning.
A number of trucks from removal company Kent arrived at the exclusive Philip Road property at dawn today and began loading numerous boxes and wooden packing crates.
The boxes were marked with the destination of Dubai, fuelling predictions the high-profile family is planning to call the Middle-East city their new home.
The destination is obvious on the Oswals' belongings. Photo: Channel Ten
Speculation has been rife the family, known as much for their extravagant social lives as their business interests, were planning to leave WA following the collapse of their fertiliser empire.
In mid-December, the ANZ Bank called in receivers to take control of the Oswals' 65 per cent shareholding in Burrup Holdings, the parent company of Burrup Fertilisers.
The move was sparked by a stoush between Mr Oswal, who is Burrup's chairman and managing director, and Norway's Yara International, a 35 per cent shareholder and customer of its profitable Pilbara ammonia plant.
Pankaj and Radhika Oswal's Taj-Mahal-on-the-Swan mansion, potentially Australia's most expensive property, is up for sale. Photo: AFR
ANZ, owed hundreds of millions of dollars on the project, has claimed there is evidence of financial irregularities in the business.
The receivers have already seized the company's private jet, plus boats and luxury cars belonging to Mr Oswal.
He recently hit back at claims of mismanagement, releasing a statement on Monday saying his family was "concerned" and "upset" by public scrutiny of their business dealings.
He said the recent developments were causing the family to re-think their future in Perth.
Public opinion of the Oswals has long been divided. Their staunch advocacy of vegetarianism, which has seen Mrs Oswal launch a chain of vegan restaurants with limited success, has rubbed many up the wrong way.
They have also copped criticism for the construction of their ostentatious "Taj-Mahal-on-the-Swan" mansion, a massive, multi-domed structure that includes a gym, observatory and temple.
The family have recently confirmed they were interested in selling the property, one of the most expensive residential buildings in the country.
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Australia is most suitable for blue-collar, humble migrants who play well, enjoy mateship and play fair. Egalitarianism is the key here.
It is a large middle-class society. The Oswals cannot really fit in because they want to play maharajahs.
I wonder who will buy their Taj Mahal palace. hahaha
This is the type of migrants that make locals look down on Indians over here.
Oswal probe shifts to $30m Gulf Stream deal
Andrew Burrell From: The Australian January 18, 2011 9:00PM
Oswal's jet on the runway. Source: Supplied
The lavish interior of Pankaj Oswal's jet, which seats 13 and sleeps seven. It is on the market now for $12m-$15m. Source: Supplied
FLAMBOYANT Indian tycoon Pankaj Oswal's $30 million corporate jet is at the centre of the receiver's investigation into claims he treated Australia's biggest ammonia producer, Burrup Fertilisers, as his personal fiefdom.
Several sources have told The Australian Mr Oswal bought the Gulfstream GIV-SP in 2007 and then leased it to Burrup Fertilisers - in which he had a 30 per cent stake - for an "exorbitant" $9m a year.
Despite Burrup paying the bills, the plane was allegedly used extensively for Mr Oswal's private business activities, including the establishment of his wife Radhika's vegetarian restaurants in London and New York last year, as well as flying his children to and from India during the school holidays.
Norwegian company Yara, which controls 35 per cent of Burrup, has claimed Mr Oswal used company funds for his own private interests, and has called on him to return from India to face a "growing number of serious questions".
Last night, a spokesman for Mr Oswal confirmed the aircraft was used for Burrup Fertilisers activities and private family business, "as most corporate jets are". Previously, Mr Oswal has strenuously denied any wrongdoing regarding Burrup Fertilisers.
The tycoon cleared out his Perth office and flew out of Australia on the Gulfstream jet last month as receivers were appointed to Burrup, which runs a large ammonia plant in Western Australia's Pilbara region.
The jet was seized in Singapore when it made a stopover, and was returned to Perth. It is now in the hands of receivers at Pitcher Partners on behalf of financier Commonwealth Bank, which is owed $15m by a private Oswal company, Garuda Aviation.
Mr Oswal said on Sunday he would not return to live in Perth.
He leaves behind an unfinished $70m Indian-style mansion in the city's Peppermint Grove, and a trail of questions about how his 10-year stay in Australia ended so disastrously.
Mr Oswal and his family are living in New Delhi but he has plans to relocate to Dubai, close to where he has plans to build a $400m caustic soda plant in Oman.
PPB Advisory is believed to be investigating Mr Oswal's use of the Gulfstream jet as part of a wider probe into allegations that Burrup Fertilisers funds were misused. PPB partner Ian Carson is set to release a report on suspected offences and financial irregularities by the end of the week.
Mr Oswal controlled 30 per cent of Burrup Fertilisers before ANZ appointed receivers last month in a bid to recoup about $360m in debts owed by the company, and a further $500m owed by private Oswal companies. Mr Oswal's wife holds a 35 per cent stake.
One source familiar with Mr Oswal's acquisition of the Gulfstream jet in 2007 said he paid $30m using CBA financing, but its value at the time was probably closer to $20m.
The plane, which is for sale, is now believed to be worth $12m-$15m. It has two separate cabin areas, a dining room and bathroom, as well as seating for 13 passengers and sleeping accommodation for seven.
Fed government going to announce an additional 7000 skilled migrant places for Western Australia to meet with the skill shortage.
Downside for new migrants: Housing px and rents going up!
My admiration of how this Indian couple are winning over, in the revenge from the green-eyed Old Money people in WA.
There are so many millionnaires in Perth that once in a while, it is nice to see dirty laundry being aired for public viewing.
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RADHIKA Oswal has fought off an attempt to force her to return to Perth, with the Court of Appeal today ruling the Indian businesswoman can stay in the Middle East.
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<!-- // .story-intro --><!-- google_ad_section_start(name=story_body, weight=high) -->Justices Carmel McLure and Michael John Buss today overturned a Supreme Court ruling earlier this week that ordered Mrs Oswal attend a hearing tomorrow over the dumping of her husband, Pankaj, as a director of Burrup Fertilisers.
The Justices said it was not the norm for a plaintiff, Mrs Oswal, to attend in person a “strategic conference”, a hearing that is expected to be dominated by lawyers before the trial in May.
It was ruled that Mrs Oswal appear at tomorrow’s hearing via video-conferencing, a method that she had originally argued for.
The Justices said the court is always looking for the most cost-efficient method, and considering Mrs Oswal lived in the Middle East and the nature of the hearing tomorrow, it was not necessary for her to attend in person.
<!-- // .story-sidebar -->The Oswals left Perth in December after their 65 per cent shareholding in Burrup Holdings was put in receivership over claims of financial irregularities.
The Oswals are now involved in several court cases, with Mrs Oswal challenging the receivership.
The Australian Tax Office is also after Mrs Oswal over an unpaid $140 million tax bill.
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