WHAT OCCUPATIONS DOES AUSTRALIA NEED THIS YEAR – AND OCCUPATIONS LIKELY TO BE REMOVED IN 2017?

Of the 128,550 permanent resident visas available in Australia’s Skilled Stream category for 2016 to 2017 – and are currently listed in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) which are in danger of being removed?

According to Australia’s Department of Education and Training the following are “flagged” meaning these occupations are being reviewed for potential removal in the next 2016-2017 CSOL.

Flagged Occupations on the SOL for 2016 –17

ANZSCO Code

Occupation

133513

Production Manager (Mining)

221111

Accountant (General)

221112

Management Accountant

221113

Taxation Accountant

224111

Actuary

224511

Land Economist

224512

Valuer

231212

Ship’s Engineer

231213

Ship’s Master

231214

Ship’s Officer

232212

Surveyor

232213

Cartographer

232214

Other Spatial Scientist

233111

Chemical Engineer

233211

Civil Engineer

233212

Geotechnical Engineer

233213

Quantity Surveyor

233214

Structural Engineer

233215

Transport Engineer

233411

Electronics Engineer

233511

Industrial Engineer

233512

Mechanical Engineer

233513

Production or Plant Engineer

233911

Aeronautical Engineer

233912

Agricultural Engineer

233913

Biomedical Engineer

233914

Engineering Technologist

233915

Environmental Engineer

233916

Naval Architect

234611

Medical Laboratory Scientist

234711

Veterinarian

251211

Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

251212

Medical Radiation Therapist

252411

Occupational Therapist

262611

Podiatrist

252712

Speech Pathologist

253111

General Practitioner

253211

Anaesthetist

253312

Cardiologist

253315

Endocrinologist

253316

Gastroenterologist

253317

Intensive Care Specialist

253321

Paediatrician

253913

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

253999

Medical Practitioners nec

271111

Barrister

271311

Solicitor

272314

Psychotherapist

272399

Psychologists nec

351311

Chef*

399111

Boat Builder and Repairer

399112

Shipwright

* Indicates that the occupation excludes positions in fast food or takeaway food service.

Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

The current Skilled Occupation List is relevant for applicants for:

After a review by the Department of Education and Training, a new SOL was introduced on 1 July 2016 with a number of changes to the occupations.

Occupations added to the SOL on 1 July 2016 were:

Occupations removed from the SOL on 1 July 2016 were:

The review of the SOL did not impact the composition of the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL).

For further information on the review of the 2016-17 SOL see Review of the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)

The current Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) is relevant for applicants for:

Australia’s 2015-2016 Migration Program Planning levels which is likely to be the same in the next fiscal year level are shown below:

There will be up to 190.000 permanent migration places available in 2015-16. The 2015-16 managed Migration Program comprises of up to:

At least 3,485 Child places will be available outside the managed Migration Program.

From 2015-16 Child visas (excluding Orphan Relative visas) will no longer be counted under the managed Migration Program. Additional Child visa places will be available over the next four years as it transitions to a fully demand driven programmer by 2019-20.  Removing Child visas from the managed Migration Program will ensure planning levels do not act as a barrier or delay to inter-country adoption (or uniting other children with their Australian families). 

Orphan relative visas will form part of the Other Family category within the managed Migration Program.

STATE AND TERRITORY NOMINATION

While Skilled Migrants exploring migration options Down Under may check New Zealand’s Long Term Skill Shortage List, Australia has a distinct difference – and advantage - because of its continental stature – a bigger workplace and playground, if you will. Other than offering permanent residency to Skilled Migrants who may qualify on their own, Australia’s States and Territories actively compete with each other in attracting tradespersons and professionals each State or Territory needs. 

While we have provided access to the latest lists (below), please check the criteria and specific requirements for each State or Territory.

STATE/TERRITORY OCCUPATIONS LISTS

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/article/act-occupation nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass -list/

If the status of your nominated occupation is shown as ‘open’ on the ACT Occupation List and you meet the nomination criteria as shown in the guidelines. ACT residents working in a skilled occupation have a distinct advantage. They may be eligible to apply for ACT nomination, even if the occupation is listed as ‘closed’ on the ACT Occupation List.

New South Wales – http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/nsw-skilled-occupations-list

New South Wales (NSW) is Australia’s Premier State,  is located on the southeast coast of sunny Australia. The state traverses a vast area of more than 800,000 square kilometres – making it far larger than many European countries.

NSW has some of the world's finest beaches, seaside towns and cities on the eastern coast, including Sydney, the state's cosmopolitan capital and Australia's most vibrant city. Outside Sydney are welcoming country towns, lush pastoral countryside and grazing lands, which give way to the rugged Australian bush. Here, residents combine a relaxed rural lifestyle with progressive farming and agricultural practices.

Northern Territory – http://www.australiasnorthernterritory.com.au/Working/bsm/nt-nominated-general/Pages/sol.aspx

Darwin, Northern Territory’s capital was recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the world's top 10 cities to visit for 2012 for having a ‘pumping nocturnal scene, magical cultural markets and restaurants, and world-class wilderness areas just down the road, today Darwin is the triumph of Australia’s Top End’. It is also the closest Australian territory to the Philippines.

Queensland - http://migration.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/pdf/not-working-in-queensland.pdf

Effective August 15, 2016 This list is for applicants not currently in living in Queensland.  Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) can nominate applicants for the following visas: • The Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) is a point-tested permanent residency visa for applicants nominated by a state or territory government. • The Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) is a point-tested provisional visa. It is a pathway to permanent residency.

South Australia – http://www.migration.sa.gov.au/skilled-migrants/lists-of-state-nominated-occupations

The benefits of South Australia state nomination are: 

Tasmania - https://www.migration.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/133752/SMP.pdf. A formal job offer  based in Tasmania is required. The job offer must be in-line with your skills assessment.  A job offer is not required if you have an immediate family member permanently residing in Tasmania who is willing to provide evidence that they will support you.

Victoria – http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/visas-and-immigrating/occupation-lists/state-nomination-occupation-list-for-victoria#.V86rXph97IU

While Victoria is the smallest mainland state (just about the size of Britain) it has the second largest population among all Australian states, including migrants from over 200 countries.

Western Australia – http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-wa/occupations-in-demand

Closed occupations.  Please note the following occupations for Western Australia (along with the ANZCO Code) that had been removed in the last two months (July, August this year).

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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