VETASSESS – Skills assessment changes as of 1st August, 2017


As of August 1st, 2017  VETASSESS will introduce a priority processing service for General Professional occupation applicants.

Applicants will be able to have their application fast tracked for an additional fee. The expected processing time will be 10 days. Full details will be provided on 1st August, 2017.


A number of fee increases have been announced for VETASSSES services. For the majority of applicants, the most notable increase is in the Full Skills Assessment for GSM applicants. The fees increases are as below:

  • Online (offshore) applicants: $810 AUD to $880 AUD – if you are onshore 10% GST applies.
  • Paper based (offshore) applications: $870 AUD to $945 AUD – if you are onshore 10% GST applies.

If you would like to discuss how the changes effect your application please get in touch.

We will clarify the priority processing changes when released next week.

Update to Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL)

Queensland have quickly revised the occupations they nominate for 2017-18. Details of the announced change are copied below.

BSMQ Update to QSOL: Engineering Technologist

Engineering Technologist (233914) was taken off our Queensland Skilled Occupations Lists (QSOL) on 11 July 2017 – please note we will not be accepting any new EOIs under this occupation from the 12 July 2017 at this stage. We have received a very large number of EOIs for this occupation.

We are currently not issuing any more invitations to lodge an application with BSMQ. However, if some of the current invitees do not respond in the requested time frame, we will issue further invitations to some of those in the current queue.

If this affects you, or you want to discuss if there are any other options for this occupation, then please Contact Us.

Queensland: 2017-18 state nomination list

Queensland skilled occupations

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland have released their 2017-18 state nomination list. These have taken effective immediately. The full list of occupations that have sponsorship options are detailed below.

Subclass 190 or Subclass 489 visa nomination

There is a mix of occupations – some which are available for the Subclass 190 visa only, some for the Subclass 489 visa and some available for nomination under both visa subclasses.


Eligible occupations

The list of eligible QLD occupations are below.

Aeronautical Engineer233911
Agricultural Engineer233912
Airconditioning & Mechanical Services Plumber334112
Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic342111
Analyst Programmer261311
Architectural Draftsperson312111
Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians nec312199
Automotive Electrician321111
Biomedical Engineer233913
Building Associate312112
Building Inspector312113
Civil Engineer233211
Clinical Haematologist253313
Construction Project Manager133111
Dental Specialist252311
Developer Programmer261312
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist253917
Diesel Motor Mechanic321212
Electrical Engineer233311
Engineering Professionals nec233999
Engineering Technologist – See Update233914
Environmental Engineer233915
Fibrous Plasterer333211
Fitter (General)323211
Fitter & Turner323212
General Practitioner253111
Geotechnical Engineer233212
Hardware Technician313111
Health Promotion Officer251911
Hospital Pharmacist251511
ICT Business Analyst261111
ICT Customer Support Officer313112
ICT Quality Assurance Engineer263211
ICT Security Specialist262112
ICT Support Engineer263212
ICT Systems Test Engineer263213
Insurance Agent611211
Insurance Loss Adjuster599612
Intensive Care Specialist253317
Interior Designer232511
Mechanical Engineer233512
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer251211
Medical Oncologist253314
Medical Radiation Therapist251212
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)233611
Motor Mechanic (General)321211
Motorcycle Mechanic321213
Multimedia Specialist261211
Nuclear Medicine Technologist251213
Nurse Practitioner254411
Occupational Therapist252411
Orthotist or Prosthesist251912
Painting Trades Worker332211
Plumber (General)334111
Public Relations Professional225311
Quantity Surveyor233213
Recreation Officer272612
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)254412
Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)254413
Registered Nurse (Community Health)254414
Registered Nurse (Critical and Emergency Care)254415
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)254416
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)154417
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)254421
Registered Nurse (Medical)254418
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)254422
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)254425
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)254423
Registered Nurse (Surgical)254424
Registered Nurses nec254499
Renal Medicine Specialist253322
Resident Medical Officer253112
Retail Pharmacist251513
Roof Plumber334115
Sheetmetal Trades Worker322211
Small Engine Mechanic321214
Social Professionals nec272499
Social Worker272511
Software & Applications  Programmers nec261399
Software Engineer261313
Software Tester261314
Specialist Physician (General Medicine)253311
Specialist Physicians nec253399
Structural Engineer233214
Surgeon (General)253511
Systems Analyst261112
Thoracic Medicine Specialist253324
Transport Engineer233215
Web Administrator313113
Welfare Worker272613

Are you eligible?

If you want to see the full list of skilled occupations please read our recent Blog post.

If you would like to discuss whether you are eligible for Queensland nomination please Contact Us.

General Skilled Migration (GSM): 2017-18 skilled occupations lists

Northern Territory – skilled nomination visas re-open

Northern Territory: Re-opened for skilled nomination

As announced last month the Northern Territory have re-opened their skilled nomination visas from July 1st, 2017.

Eligible Occupations – NT Skilled visas

Applicants can seek to be nominated for either a Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa or Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa if they meet the NT nomination criteria. The nomination criteria includes meeting the points test for a GSM visa, but also with having an eligible occupation on the NT list.

There have been some changes from the NT’s 2016-2017 occupation list. It is important to confirm that if you were eligible previously, that you may still be now.

Live in the NT

The eligible occupations for  NT nomination are detailed below.

272111Careers Counsellor
233211Civil Engineer
272311Clinical Psychologist
132111Corporate Services Manager
272199Counsellors (nec)
321212Diesel Motor Mechanic
272112Drug & Alcohol Counsellor
241111Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
272312Educational Psychologist
233311Electrical Engineer
233411Electronics Engineer
272113Family & Marriage Counsellor
253111General Practitioner
233212Geotechnical Engineer
232411Graphic Designer
233511Industrial Engineer
212419Journalist & other writers (nec)
232112Landscape Architect
233512Mechanical Engineer
251211Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212Medical Radiation Therapist
321211Motor Mechanic (General)
312113Motorcycle Mechanic
212412Newspaper or Periodical Editor
251213Nuclear Medicine Technologist
254311Nurse Manager
254411Nurse Practitioner
134212Nursing Clinical Director
252411Occupational Therapist
272313Organisational Psychologist
134213Primary Health Organisation Manager
212413Print Journalist
272399Psychologists (nec)
225311Public Relations Professional
233213Quantity Surveyor
272612Recreation Officer
254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)
254416Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
254417Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)
254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
254418Registered Nurse (Medical)
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
254425Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)
254499Registered Nurses (nec)
272114Rehabilitation Counsellor
253112Resident Medical Officer
251513Retail Pharmacist
321214Small Engine Mechanic
272499Social Professionals (nec)
272511Social Worker
252712Speech Pathologist
233214Structural Engineer
272115Student Counsellor
212415Technical Writer
212416Television Journalist
233215Transport Engineer
232414Web Designer
134214Welfare Centre Manager
272613Welfare Worker

Are you eligible?

If you would like to discuss whether you are eligible for NT nomination please Contact Us.

Australia skilled visas – ACT occupations from July 2017

ACT skilled occupation list – how long will they last this year?

The ACT have announced their skilled occupation list for 2017-2018. The ACT occupation list is only for the Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa.

Unlike other states or territories The ACT do not nominate applicants for the alternate state/territory nominated Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) Visa.  This visa is a temporary residents visa. It is commonly acknowledged to be an inferior visa to the Subclass 190 visa.


ACT Migration

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Some surprise occupations 

Added to the ACT list, and not seen on any other state/territory lists, are the following:

  • Copywriter
  • Newspaper or Periodical Editor
  • Print Journalist
  • Technical Writer
  • Television Journalist
  • Journalists and other writers

In addition the following can also be nominated:

  • Public Relations Professionals

Is time ticking…..

If your occupation is listed, and you are keen to apply, then the advice is to get onto it. In the last financial year, 2016 to 2017, the occupation list was only open for a few weeks before it was closed.

What occupations are on the 2017-18 list?

Careers Counsellor
Civil Engineer
Clinical Psychologist
Corporate Services Manager
Counsellors (nec)
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
Educational Psychologist
Electrical Engineer
Electronics Engineer
Family & Marriage Counsellor
General Practitioner
Geotechnical Engineer
Graphic Designer
Industrial Engineer
Journalist & other writers (nec)
Landscape Architect
Mechanical Engineer
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
Medical Radiation Therapist
Motor Mechanic (General)
Motorcycle Mechanic
Newspaper or Periodical Editor
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Nurse Manager
Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Clinical Director
Occupational Therapist
Organisational Psychologist
Primary Health Organisation Manager
Print Journalist
Psychologists (nec)
Public Relations Professional
Quantity Surveyor
Recreation Officer
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
Registered Nurse (Medical)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
Registered Nurse (Surgical)
Registered Nurses (nec)
Rehabilitation Counsellor
Resident Medical Officer
Retail Pharmacist
Small Engine Mechanic
Social Professionals (nec)
Social Worker
Speech Pathologist
Structural Engineer
Student Counsellor
Technical Writer
Television Journalist
Transport Engineer
Web Designer
Welfare Centre Manager
Welfare Worker

If you would like to discuss your options then please Contact Us.

Australian skilled visas – Removed occupations from 1st July 2017

List of removed occupations

In the first of a number of blogs posts discussing the 1st July 2017 changes, please see below details of the occupations removed as an eligible skilled occupation.

Skilled Migration

Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupations on 1 July 2017 are listed below. Nine of these were eligible for 457 and 186 visas on 19 April 2017.

Equipment Hire Manager^149915
Fleet Manager^149411
Picture Framer^394212
Property Manager^612112
Real Estate Agent Principal^612113
Real Estate Agent^612114
Real Estate Agent Representative^612115
Ship’s Engineer231212
Ship’s Master231213
Ship’s Officer231214
University Tutor^242112

If this affects your eligibility, and you would like to discuss if have alternative options then please Contact Us.


Victorian nomination for ICT applications re-open 1st July, 2017

Victorian Skilled Migration – ICT occupations reopening on 1 July

On the 1st July 2017, the Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program is reopening applications for ICT occupations. Applicants who are nominated by Victoria may be eligible for:

  1. Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa OR
  2. Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) Visa

Victorian migration

The ICT occupations for nomination are below. All applicants must meet Proficient English and have at least 3 years experience.

  • 1355112  ICT Project Manager
  • 261111  ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112  Analyst Programmer
  • 261312  Developer Programmer
  • 261312  Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 271399 Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • 262111 Database Administrator
  • 262112  ICT Security Specialist
  • 263111  Computer Network and Systems Engineer

Applications in the following specialisations are not currently accepted:
– Web Designer
– Help Desk Operator
– Help Desk Manager

If you would like to discuss your options for Victoria, or anywhere else, please Contact Us.

Announcement – Limited options for Western Australia skilled migration

Limited Options for Western Australia state nominated skilled visas

Western Australia have announced their skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL).

As of 21 June, 2017  only 18 occupations can be applied for under the Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa and the Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) state/territory nominated visa.

This is a significant reduction from previous WASMOL’s, where more than 100 occupations could be applied for.

Strict Criteria – including a 12 month contract of employment

Amongst various requirements, all applicants will be required to have a contract of employment for full-time employment for at least 12 months in the nominated or a closely related occupation.

2017 Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL)
  1.  Sonographer – (251214)
  2. Orthoptist – (251412)
  3. Audiologist – (252711) 
  4. General Practitioner – (253111)
  5. Gastroenterologist – (253316)
  6. Rheumatologist​ – (253323) 
  7. Psychiatrist – (253411)
  8. Neurosurgeon – (253513)
  9. Otorhinolaryngologist – (253515)
  10. Vascular Surgeon – (253521)
  11. Obstetrician and Gynaecologist – (253013)
  12. Radiation Oncologist – (253918)
  13. ​Midwife – (254111)
  14. ​Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) – (254413)
  15. Registered Nurse (Community Health) – (254414)
  16. ​Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) – (254415)
  17. Registered Nurse (Mental Health) – (254422) 
  18. Registered Nurse (Perioperative) – (254423)

Restricted opportunities for WA – What are your options?

The changes severely strict skilled migration opportunities for applicants who wish to migrate to Western Australia, and who aren’t eligible for a Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa.

If you would like to discuss your options, for Western Australia or anywhere else, or you have any questions please Contact Us.

Announcement – South Australian State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) 2017/18

The following is an announcement from Immigration South Australia.

Immigration SA’s application system will close at 3pm (ACST) on Thursday 29 June 2017 and will re-open at 12pm (ACST) on Tuesday 4 July 2017.

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This closure affects all existing or new applications for Skilled, Employer Sponsored and Business migration.  

Skilled Migration 
The re-opening of the application system on Tuesday 4 July will coincide with the release of the updated State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) for 2017/18. The update of the SNOL is an annual process undertaken by Immigration SA to manage participation in the national migration program.

As per the current SNOL, certain occupations will not be able to access state nomination for the subclass 190 visa and are therefore restricted to the subclass 489 visa. This reflects both restrictions put in place by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in defining ‘regional occupations’ and further considerations by Immigration SA. Immigration SA will also restrict offshore applicants for certain additional occupations to state nomination for the subclass 489 visa.

DIBP has also advised that the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) will be revised on 1 July. As the STSOL forms the basis for the SNOL, Immigration SA will need to take into consideration any changes that may occur. Depending on when DIBP advise of any changes, the SNOL (and Supplementary Skilled List) may need to be further amended following its release on 4 July.

Applications submitted before 3pm (ACST) on Thursday 29 June will be assessed according to the current SNOL, and Immigration SA will endeavour to finalise these applications in SkillSelect so that they are not affected by any subsequent DIBP changes. The ability to do this will depend on volumes received and we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible to facilitate processing prior to 1 July.

Note: Any Skilled Migration application that has not been submitted before 3pm (ACST) on Thursday 29 June will be deleted from the system and will not be able to be accessed again.

Employer Sponsored
From 1 July the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will require that nominees meet new English language and age requirements. These requirements, as well as others planned for March 2018, are available in Fact sheet two: Reforms to Australia’s permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programme. Advice from DIBP is that changes to the permanent Employer Sponsored program apply at time of lodgement and not decision.

There are no changes to Immigration SA requirements and applications for RCB advice will continue to be assessed during the system closure as per normal.

Business Migration
There are no changes to Immigration SA requirements and applications will continue to be assessed during the system closure as per normal. Please note that no nominations will be provided until after 1 July 2017 (this includes renomination requests) when Immigration SA’s allocation is reset.

Kind regards
Immigration SA


If you would like to discuss this with us please Contact Us.