Changes to Australia’s skilled occupation visa list published

by Ray Clancy on January 17, 2018

in Jobs in Australia

The latest bi-annual update to the skilled occupation list in Australia for people seeking visas to work in the country has been published.

The six monthly update follows the review conducted by the Department of Jobs and Small Business in late 2017 and it adds and takes off certain occupations depending on perceived needs and demands.

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The Home Affairs Department has also announced that a new regional occupations list which is being developed by the Government which will come into effect with the introduction of the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

This new regional occupations list is aimed at ensuring regional employers are well supported. People looking to move to work in Australia under one of the permanent skilled visa schemes need to have an occupation posted on one of the lists.

Three occupations have been added to the list which mean they are now open for visa applications; psychotherapist, property manager and real estate representative while building associate and hair or beauty salon manager have been taken off the list.

Meanwhile, horse breeder and management consultant have been moved from the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) to the Medium and Long Term Skilled Occupation List (MTLSSL).

‘These changes have been made to reflect the skills needs of the Australian labour market, and to continue to support Australian businesses to address skills shortages that they are unable to fill locally,’ said a Home Affairs Department spokesman.

The six monthly review cycle of the occupation lists was established by the Australian Government in April 2017 to ensure that the occupations lists are responsive to changes in the Australian labour market, and align with the Australian Government’s policy that Australian workers have priority.

The changes will apply to applications made on or after 17 January 2018 and will not affect existing nominations or applications made prior to this date. In the case of points tested visas, the changes will apply to invitations issued on or after 17 January 2018.

The spokesman added that the new regional occupations list is currently under development and will come into effect with the introduction of the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa in March 201.

In March 2018, the subclass 457 programme will be closed and replaced by the new, more targeted TSS visa programme.

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