Fewer changes to new skilled occupation list for Australia than previous years

by Ray Clancy on July 4, 2016

in Australia Immigration, Jobs in Australia

A new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is in place in Australia for 2015/2016 with some jobs being added, others taken off and some 51 flagged as having less demand.

The list suggests that there is likely to be less need in the future for accountants, GPs, solicitors, engineers, vets, chefs and surveyors as these occupations are on the flagged list.

jobs_AUOverall the changes to the new list are small compared to the previous list. The SOL is reviewed annually to ensure it remains responsive to the needs of the Australian labour market.

It identifies occupations that would benefit from skilled migration in order to meet the medium to long term skill needs of the Australian economy and was reviewed by the Department of Education and Training.

Two new occupations have been added; orthotist or prosthetist and audiologist while nine have been removed; mining engineer, petroleum engineer, metallurgist, environmental health officer, occupation health and safety advisor, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist, dental technician and dental therapist.

A number of occupations have been flagged for possible removal in the future. Generally, occupations are flagged when there is emerging evidence of excess supply in the labour market and for 2016/2017 they cover a wide range of occupations.

These include mining production manager, general accountant, management accountant, taxation accountant, land economist, surveyor, chemical engineer, civil engineer, electronics engineer, mechanical engineer, vets, occupational therapist, GPs, paediatrician, barrister, solicitor and chef.

‘Requirements for permanent skilled migration will change from time to time and there is no particular course of study that will guarantee a permanent visa,’ said a spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

There was also a warning to international students not to think that studying in Australia will guarantee a job. ‘If you are a student in Australia, you are encouraged not to make educational choices solely on the basis of hoping to achieve a particular migration outcome because the skilled migration programme will continue to change and adapt to Australia’s economic needs,’ the spokesman explained.

Those interested in applying for an Independent Skilled visa (subclass 189), a Family Sponsored Points Tested visa (subclass 489) or a Temporary Graduate (Graduate Work stream) visa (subclass 485) need to make sure that their occupation is listed on the new SOL.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

lalit July 17, 2016 at 9:52 am

I am 41 years old civil engineer technician .my assessment from vetasses is positive,my point for age are 15,for study are 15 ,for experience is 15 and my PTE score is equal to 6 bands in each module, now i have only 45 points, my wife is a teacher, my brother is australian citizen in brisbane.
plz guide me what r the ways to get australian PR, IF i could manage to get 7 bands in each module of PTE then what r my chances . As now only NSW has a demand for civil engineer technician (312212) ,plz tell me by my mail address.i shall be thank full to u
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Stephen May 16, 2017 at 7:29 am

I am 34years old chemical engineer base in Nigeria see below my point base system presented below:
my point for age are 25pts
work experience is 10pts
IELTS test score 10pts
Education qualification 15pts
please could you clarify if recognized education outside Australia is 10pts or 15pts


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