Australian Government back tracks on some visa jobs

by Ray Clancy on July 4, 2017

in Jobs in Australia

A number of technology-related jobs in the list of occupations eligible for a range of temporary and permanent skilled visas for Australia have been reinstated.

There have been concerns voiced that changes to the 457 visa, which is being replaced in March 2018, would hit the technology sector particularly hard.

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Now, as the result of lobbying, some roles have been reintroduced to the overseas occupation list, including data and telecommunications cable joiner, engineering technician, ICT support and test engineer, ICT support technician, web developer, and telecommunications technician.

Following consultation with industry, the list of eligible occupations has been updated, and will continue to be updated on a six monthly basis which an immigration spokesman said will allow the Government to respond to shifts in the market.

Meanwhile, occupations that are newly eligible for the new medium term, four-year visa include computer network and systems engineer, developer/programmer, ICT business analyst, software engineer, software and application programmer, systems analyst, telecommunications engineer, telecommunications field engineer, and telecommunications network engineer.

‘Skills highly in demand in advanced manufacturing, construction and mining as well as in ICT and the pharmaceutical industry are well represented in the occupations returned to the available skills lists and this is most welcome,’ said Innes Willox, chief executive officer of the Australian Industry Group.

‘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 Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

‘The occupation lists are designed to be dynamic. Revisions to the occupation lists are just one element of the government’s reforms strengthening the integrity of Australia’s employer sponsored skilled migration programmes and raising the productivity of skilled migrants,’ he added.

But Willox said the group will be monitoring the changes carefully. ‘While the changes address many of the issues we have raised on behalf of members, the reforms will require careful monitoring and potentially further changes down the track as business works through the impacts,’ he explained.

‘Many businesses remain worried by the restrictions still in place for certain occupations including metal polishers, precision instrument makers and financial investment manager as well as around intra-company transfers. Hopefully these and any new issues will be addressed in the next six monthly review,’ he added.

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