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Potential removal of occupations – 1st July, 2018 

Numerous occupations have been flagged for removal and addition

Every Australian financial year – 1st July to 30th June – the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) takes advice and makes amendments to its numerous skilled occupation lists.

Whilst no final decisions have been made for the upcoming new financial year, there have been a number of possible changes flagged. 

Details of these possible changes are detailed here.

The most significant changes are usually those made to the MLTSSL (Medium & Long Term Skilled Shortage List). Any changes made to the MLTSSL would effect applicants for a Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa OR a Subclass 489 visa (if they are sponsored by an eligible relative). 

Occupations on the MLTSSL that have been flagged for possible change include: 

Flagged for Removal

  • Management Accountant (221112)
  • Agricultural Consultant (234111)
  • Civil Engineering Technician (312212)

Flagged for Addition 

  • Footballers (452411)

If you want  to discuss the potential changes and how they may effect you please get in touch. We will provide any updates on this BLOG.  

Updated – Australian Skilled Occupation Lists (April 2018)

Occupation lists change … again … 

2018 has already seen a number of changes to Australian immigration. Some of these were detailed in our most recent post.

Following on from these changes, last week the Northern Territory have updated the occupations that they will consider nominating for the Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa or the Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) Visa.

If you would like to look at whether you may be eligible for a General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa, be a state or territory nominated visa – such as the Subclass 190 or Subclass 489 visa – or the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa please check out the list below.

Skilled Occupations – April 2018

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Australian skilled migration overview

Australian skilled migration overview

Migration is a part of life in every nation: people are consistently looking for something new and want to have different cultural experiences, and the opportunity to  share their knowledge and skills.

Australia is considered to be a land of unpredictable and wonderful nature, as well as a great place for job opportunities in a number of industries and professions. It is known as “the Land Down Under”. It annually attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, a significant number who want stay permanently.

In order to stay permanently applicants need to stay on top of the visa requirements and legislation. Immigration legislation is always changing and not everyone can get a visa for the Great Southern Land. Applicants primarily need to have the right education and job skills.

There are two predominant ways of getting a visa for Australia.

To apply for a Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa under the General Skilled Migration Visa program, applicants need to review the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and confirm if their occupation is available for nomination. There is also a points test, based on a number of different factors.

If you are not eligible for a Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa then you can look at alternate GSM visas. These visas are state or territory nominated visas. They include both a permanent residency option – Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa – and a temporary residency option – Skilled regional (Subclass 489) visa. You will need to confirm if your occupation is on the the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the  Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). You will then need to to check if a state or territory will nominate your occupation, and whether you fir that criteria.

If an applicant is not eligible for a GSM visa, they can look at employer sponsored visa opportunities. Applicants who are offered a job in Australia may be eligible for either a temporary or permanent residency employer sponsored visa. The most common employer sponsored visas are the Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa and the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186) visa.

A job offer can also assist with a GSM visa. Either, by being able to claim additional points for skilled employment experience in Australia, or to be eligible to be nominated for a state  or territory visa such as the Subclass 190 or Subclass 489.

In practical terms, if you are skilled professional and are specific in where you want to live e.g. Architect Jobs in Brisbane, you may find a genuine opportunity that you are eligible for. With a willing employer offering you a job, you may initially be sponsored for a Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa. Which may may then lead on to the permanent employer  sponsored  Subclass 186 visa, or a GSM option.

There are various employment websites that can help you find job in Australia, either before you migrate or once you have your visa. Rulla.com is one of those. Non Australian residents, as well as Australian visa holders, can look at websites such as Rulla to see if there are employment opportunities in the field and location that they desire.

If you can determine on the basis of your skills and education what visa you are eligible for, and where you want to do it, this will help you create the life you want in Australia.

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
Psychotherapist^ 272314
Real Estate Agent Principal^ 612113
Real Estate Agent^ 612114
Real Estate Agent Representative^ 612115
Ship’s Engineer 231212
Ship’s Master 231213
Ship’s Officer 231214
University Tutor^ 242112

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

Interim Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL)

Western Australia have announced a interim skilled occupation list. This will be in place until the WASMOL is released on May, 2017.

The relevant statement from Skilled Migration Western Australia is detailed below:

“New applications for the State Nominated Migration Program are being accepted with an interim Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) targeting those occupations which are of a specialist nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

The State Government will be consulting with industry to develop a new list which is expected to be complete and operational in late May 2017.”

The interim WASMOL occupations are below:

  • 251214 – Sonographer
  • 253312 – Cardiologist
  • 253315 – Endocrinologist
  • 253316 – Gastroenterologist
  • 253318 – Neurologist
  • 253322 – Renal Medicine Specialist
  • 253323 – Rheumatologist
  • 253411 – Psychiatrist
  • 253511 – Surgeon (general)
  • 253512 – Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • 253513 – Neurosurgeon
  • 253514 – Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • 253515 – Otorhinolaryngologist
  • 253518  – Urologist
  • 253521 – Vascular Surgeon
  • 253911 – Dermatologist
  • 253913 – Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • 253914 – Ophthalmologist
  • 253915 – Pathologist
  • 253917 – Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
  • 2539 18 – Radiation Oncologist

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

ACT Migration Program Closed to Overseas Applicants

The below was announced on the ACT government website. If you like to discuss how this effects you please let on touch.


Applicants living overseas

Effective 14 September 2016, applications for ACT nomination from overseas residents will not be accepted. If you are living overseas you will not be able to commence an application for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa until the program reopens in July 2017.
Applications lodged on or before 13 September 2016 will be processed in queue order.
Canberra residents

This action does not affect Canberra based applicants. You are still able to apply for ACT nomination if you meet the nomination criteria.

Queensland 2016-2017 state nomination occupation list

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland have released their 216-2017 state nomination list. These have taken effective immediately. The full list of occupations that have sponsorship options are detailed on this link –  2016-2017 Skilled Occupations .


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Queensland skilled occupations

There are opportunities across a number of occupational groups – Building, Construction, Engineering, Teaching, Health Care, ICT, Trades.

The most significant changes include the addition of a number of ICT occupations for experienced professionals, such as those below:

  • 261111 – ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112 – Systems Analyst
  • 261212 – Web Developer
  • 261312 – Developer Programmer
  • 261312 – Software Engineer
  • 261314 – Software Tester
  • 261399 – Software & Applications Programmers (not elsewhere classified)
  • 263211 – ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
  • 263212 – ICT Support Engineer
  • 263213 – ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • 263299 – ICT Support and Test Engineers (not elsewhere classified)
  • 313111 – Hardware Technician
  • 313112 – ICT Customer Support Officer
  • 313112 – Web Administrator
  • 313199 –  ICT Support Technicians (not elsewhere classified)

Please get in touch to discuss your options for Australia’s sunshine state.

South Australia skilled migration list: 2016 to 2017

South Australia have announced changes to their 2016-2017 state nomination occupation list.

The occupations that are chosen are based on workforce analysis of current skill shortages and the likely demand of those skills in the future. It involves extensive industry consultation with associations and industry-linked training councils. It also takes into account various other criteria such as the age of the workforce, supply from local and international graduates, and interstate migration.

There have been number of new occupations added, as well as some that have been removed. The complete list can be found on this link.

Occupations added include:
  • Multimedia Specialists, Web Developer
  • Chief Executives, Managing Directors, Corporate General Manager
Occupations removed include:
  • Education professions – School Principal,  Faculty Head, Regional Education Manager, Education Manager
  • Surveyors & Cartographers
  • Engineers – Civil, Geotechnical, Structural, Transport, Industrial, Mechanical, Production/Plant, Mining
  • Environmental Scientist & Environmental Research Scientist
  • Teachers – Special needs, Special Education, Early Childhood
  • Medical – various medical professions
Nomination policy changes: ICT (Information Communication Technology) Professionals

In addition to the occupational changes there have been some changes to policy. In particular there have been changes to the nomination of ICT Occupations. ICT applicants outside Australia now need to meet a points test of 70. Although this may be reduced to 65 and 60 depending on volume of applications received

If you would like to discuss your options please get in touch.

South Australia - skilled migration

South Australia – skilled migration