Bricklayers out and optometrists in on new Australian skilled occupation list

by Ray Clancy on June 21, 2012

in Australia Immigration

Changes to Skilled Occupation List apply from July 2012

A new list of skills for foreign workers seeking employment in Australia will come into force at the beginning of next month.

The new Skilled Occupations List will not change much, with four occupations added and four removed, Skills Australia has announced.

New to the list are mining production managers, metallurgists, optometrists and computer network and systems engineers. A spokesman said that there are skill shortages in these professions and the numbers of positions available are expected to increase.

Taken off the list are chemists, audiologists, brick layers, and wall and floor tiles. They are being removed due to high rates of unemployment in these occupations.

The new list will apply from 01 July 2012 for all applicants wishing to come to Australia under the General Skilled Migration programme unless they are sponsored by a State or Territory Government or eligible for transitional arrangements.

The General Skilled Migration (GSM) programme is for immigrants who are not sponsored by an employer and who have skills in occupations that Australia needs to fill labour shortages. Applicants must be between 18 and 50 years of age and speak good English.

Also from 01 July 2012, Australian immigration will be introducing significant changes to their skilled migration visa programme where applicants will need to file an Expression of Interest (EOI) on line.

Based on claims of their skills and attributes, they will be allocated a score against the points test and SkillSelect will rank intending migrant’s scores against other EOIs. The highest ranking migrants across a broad range of occupations may be invited to apply for a skilled visa.

‘Delivery of a balanced migration programme requires careful management. SkillSelect will provide greater control over who can apply for a skilled visa and when they can apply,’ said a spokesman from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

An EOI will remain in SkillSelect for a maximum of two years.

‘If you are granted a permanent or provisional visa during this time, your EOI will be removed. You can also voluntarily suspend or withdraw your EOI from SkillSelect at anytime. The department will also be able to remove your EOI at any time, if you breach the terms and conditions of SkillSelect,’ he explained.

‘If your circumstances change, you are required to update your EOI in SkillSelect. You should update your details to reflect any additional qualifications or experience you have obtained. SkillSelect will automatically take the changes into account and, if appropriate, will update your ranking. This may increase your ability to be invited. If invited to apply for a visa the intending migrant must either be outside Australia, or be lawfully in Australia on a substantive visa, or Bridging visa, to make a valid visa application,’ he added.

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