As a work in progress, the information portal is still being consolidated with latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data and should be fully operational by late March 2014.
The primary objective of the LMIP is to improve reporting on skills shortage by industry and geographical areas across all Australian states and territories.
This is highly beneficial for Skilled visa applicants seeking both work and sponsorship opportunities under ENS or state and territory nomination programs.
The LMIP is to be updated on a monthly basis with the latest ABS data.
Industry and Occupation data is to be updated in late March 2014 and thereafter on a quarterly basis.
The Australian Department of Employment has also replaced its earlier static maps with Google interactive maps, greatly enhancing usability of the site.
Specific queries on seeking latest data and data search functions can be answered via at firstname.lastname@example.org.