If you're planning to migrate to Australia in the near future, take note!
Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has just released the new skilled occupation list for its 2017-18 immigration intake programme, which takes effect from 1 July 2017.
The list contains 178 occupations eligible for the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) visa programmes, with the occupations listed categorised into the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short‑term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) (replacing the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List).
The MLTSSL is also applicable for General Skilled migration visas i.e. Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent), Subclass 489 (Skilled - Regional (Provisional), family-nominated) and Subclass 485 (Graduate - Temporary) visa applications, while the STSOL is also applicable for Subclass 190 (Skilled - Nominated visa) and Subclass 489 (Skilled - Regional (Provisional), state-nominated) visa applications.
Skilled migration is said to be the most realistic pathway for migration to Australia, as local employers often recruit overseas workers in occupations which are known to be in high demand and face skill shortages in the country
"The Government recognises the importance of enabling Australian businesses to tap into global talent to remain internationally competitive and support a strong national science and innovation agenda," said Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton.
In line with reforms to its skilled migration, the Australian government will update the list every six months to ensure the best outcomes for workers and employers alike. The lists are revised based on extensive consultation and advice from the Department of Employment as well as the Department of Education and Training.
A number of new occupations have been added to the 2017-18 list for certain visa programmes, while 12 occupations have been entirely removed from the latest revision
The occupations that have been removed from the list are Equipment Hire Manager, Fleet Manager, Picture Framer, Property Manager, Psychotherapist, Real Estate Agent Principal, Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Agent Representative, Ship’s Engineer, Ship’s Master, Ship’s Officer, and University Tutor.
In addition to the strict occupational requirements and a pretty complicated skills assessment process, all visa applicants are now also required to undergo mandatory criminal checks as part of their application. All permanent skilled visas are also implementing tighter English language and lower maximum age requirements from 1 July onwards.
Check out the combined list (MLTSSL and STSOL) of eligible skilled occupations here:
For more information on how to migrate to Australia as a skilled professional and other relevant details, you can refer to the official website of the DIBP here.