Australian Visa Subclass Changes

July 3, 2017
Myer Lipschitz

On 1 July the Minister of Immigration in Australia made extensive changes to a wide range of visa subclasses including:

1. Reduction of age limit from 50 to 45 for a general skilled migration visas including subclasses 189, 190 and 489; and

2. Changes to the occupations on the short-term skilled occupations list and medium to long-term skilled occupations list.

The following occupations were added to the short-term skilled occupations list:

Research and Development Manager
Production Manager (Manufacturing)
Production Manager (Mining)
Music director
Music Professionals nec
Artistic director
Aeroplane pilot
Flying instructor
Helicopter pilot
Nurse researcher
Web developer
ICT support and test engineers nec
ICT support technicians nec
Aircraft maintenance engineer (Avionics)
Butcher or smallgoods maker
Dressmaker or tailor
Retail buyer

And the following occupations were deleted:

Chief Executive or Managing Director
Corporate General Manager
Chief Information Officer
Environmental Manager
Fleet Manager
Equipment hire manager
Musician (Instrumental)
Mining Engineer (excluding petroleum)
Engineering Professionals nec
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Research Scientist
Environmental Scientists nec
Marine Biologist
University Lecturer
University Tutor
Multimedia specialist
Software and applications programmers nec
ICT Security Specialist (moved to MLTSSL)
Minister of religion
Picture Framer
Property Manager
Real Estate Agency Principal
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Representative

As for the long-term list the following occupations were added

ICT Security Specialist

And the following deleted:

Production Manager (Mining) (moved to STSOL)
Ship’s Engineer
Ship’s Master
Ship’s Officer
Anaesthetist (moved to STSOL)
The short-term skilled occupations list is a list of occupations that can be used for work visas that entitle a maximum duration of 2 years of work in Australia renewable for another 2 years as well as a state-sponsored general skilled migration visas.

The medium to long-term skills shortages list is a list of occupations that can be used for the purposes of independent general skilled migration visas for the subclass 189 visa that don’t need state sponsorship.

The reduction in the age limit mentioned in item 1 above from 50 – 45 for general skilled migration visas brings this change into alignment with the recent change that occurred to the employer sponsored subclass 186 and regionally sponsored employer nomination category subclass 187 that occurred on 18 April.

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