Australia makes significant changes to the skilled occupations lists

07/05/2017

Significant changes were made to the skilled occupations lists on 19 April 2017 which affect people applying for the Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visas, General Skilled Migration visas and Permanent Employer Sponsored visas. These measures are designed to tighten Australia's employer and skilled migration programmes to ensure they better meet Australia's skills needs, increase the quality and economic contribution of skilled migrants and address public concerns about the displacement of Australian workers.

Concept Australia has carefully reviewed these changes and the impact they will have on the Skilled visa programme. If you are considering moving to Australia please contact us for advice on which visa pathway is relevant to your circumstances.

The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has been replaced by the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and applicants must have an occupation on this list if applying for:

  • Skilled Independent visa - subclass 189
  • Graduate Temporary visa - subclass 485
  • Skilled Regional Provisional (family sponsored) visa - subclass 489

There are 16 occupations on the MLTSSL which cannot be used for the following visa subclasses:

  • Skilled Nominated - subclass 190
  • Skilled Regional (state/territory nominated) Provisional - subclass 489
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Direct Entry) - subclass 186
  • Temporary Worker (Skilled) - subclass 457
  • Training - subclass 407

The 16 occupations on the MLTSSL but not on the STSOL are:

  • Chemical Engineer - ANZSCO233111
  • Civil Engineering Technician - ANZSCO 312212
  • Electrical Linesworker - ANZSCO 342211
  • Electronics Engineer - ANZSCO 233411
  • Industrial Engineer - ANZSCO 233511
  • Materials Engineer - ANZSCO233112
  • Medical Administrator - ANZSCO 134211
  • Pressure Welder - ANZSCO 331112
  • Production Manager (Mining) - ANZSCO 133513
  • Production or Plant Engineer - ANZSCO 233513
  • Project Builder - ANZSCO 133112
  • Ships Engineer - ANZSCO 231212
  • Ship's Master - ANZSCO 231213
  • Ship's Officer - ANZSCO 231214
  • Stonemason - ANZSCO 331112
  • Telecommunications Network Planner - ANZSCO 313213

The Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) has been replaced by the Short-term Skilled Occupations List (SSTOL) and 216 occupations have been removed from the CSOL to create the STSOL.. The list will be up-dated every six months based on advice from the Department of Employment. Applicants must have an occupation on this list if applying for the following visas:

  • Skilled Nominated - subclass 190
  • Skilled Regional (State/territory Nominated) Provisional - subclass 489
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Direct Entry) - subclass 186
  • Temporary Worked (Skilled) - subclass 457
  • Training - subclass 407

There are 24 rural occupations on the STSOL which are only open for the following visa subclasses:

  • Skilled Regional Provisional (State/Territory Nominated) - subclass 489
  • Employer Nomination Scheme - subclass 186
  • Temporary Worker (Skilled subclass 457 (regional only as specified for RSMS visas)
  • Agricultural Technician - ANZSCO 311111
  • Apiarist - ANZSCO 121311
  • Aquaculture Farmer - ANZSCO 121111
  • Beef Cattle Farmer - ANZSCO 121312
  • Cotton Grower - ANZSCO 121211
  • Crop Farmers (nec) - ANZSCO 121299
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer - ANZSCO
  • Flower Grower - ANZSCO 121212
  • Fruit or Nut Grower - ANZSCO 121213
  • Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower, Field Crop Grower - ANZSCO 121214
  • Grape Grower - ANZSCO 121215
  • Horse Breeder - ANZSCO 121316
  • Livestock Farmers (nec) - ANZSCO 121399
  • Mixed Crop Farmer - ANZSCO 121216
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer - ANZSCO 121411
  • Mixed Livestock Farmer - ANZSCO 121317
  • Pig Farmer - ANZSCO 121318
  • Poultry Farmer - ANZSCO 121321
  • Primary Products Inspectors (nec) - ANZSCO 311399
  • Production Manager (Forestry) - ANZSCO 133511
  • Sheep Farmer - ANZSCO 121322
  • Sugar Cane Grower - ANZSCO 121217
  • Vegetable Grower and Market Gardner - ANZSCO 121221
  • Wine Maker - ANZSCO 234213

 

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