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New Occupation Lists For General Skilled Migration Australia

March 19, 2018
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Some major changes that were announced last year have come into effect as of the 18 March. These changes relate to the temporary and permanent employer sponsored visas and the General Skilled Migration (GSM) programme.

Under the GSM programme, there is a shiny new list called the Regional Occupations List (ROL). This is relevant to the state/territory sponsored Subclass 489 visa.

The ROL consists of occupations only available for GSM for regional areas. Some are newly added and some have been moved to the ROL from Medium to Long Term Skills Shortage List (MTSSL) or Short Term Skills Occupation List (STSOL).

The state sponsorship lists have not yet been updated to reflect any changes to occupations they will sponsor for the skilled visa.

In GSM the three lists will apply as follows:

Subclass 189- MLTSSL

Subclass 190- MLTSSL and STSOL

Subclass 489- MLTSSL and STSOL and ROL

As a consequence of the changes, the MLTSSL has lost 4 occupations and the STSOL has lost 10 occupations. All of these have been moved to the ROL. These include:

Property Manager
Real Estate Representative
Electrical Linesworker
Agricultural Technician
Wine Maker
Helicopter Pilot
Aeroplane Pilot
Flying Instructor
Sports Centre Manager
Fitness Centre Manager
Amusement Centre Manager
Post Office Manager
Medical Administrator
Project Builder
Horse Breeder

New additions include occupations such as:

Flight Attendant
Translator
Driving Instructor
Jockey
Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager
Cinema or Theatre Manager
Market Research Analyst

They have also added back some occupations that were removed in April 2017 or July 2017, such as:

Vocational Education Teacher
Human Resource Adviser
Safety Inspector
Dental Therapist
Dental Hygienist

Temporary Skills Shortage Visa Subclass 482

The Prime Minister in April last year announced that the work visa 457 will be abolished. This has effectively just been rebadged as the subclass 482 visa.

The basis of the programme is effectively the same; i.e. businesses who cannot find talent from the local labour market can sponsor talent from overseas to fill skills shortages. However there are now a number of amendments designed to encourage employers to hire from the local labour market and make it harder to sponsor overseas workers, and to ensure that the positions that are required to be filled are in fact highly skilled.

While the ability for most medium to large businesses to sponsor an overseas employee will remain unaffected, the incentive for many workers to transition to residence after a period of time has been removed. Only those who appear on the employer sponsorship Medium to Long Term Skills Shortage List will be able to transition to residence under this programme.

Others will need to find another way to stay, such as family or GSM pathways, or be resigned to the fact that they will be in Australia for the short term.

These changes will greatly affect the number of temporary workers in Australia, however there are a number of alternatives that can now be explored, including state sponsored nomination under the GSM programme.

If you wish to know more about the changes or have a discrete ‘closed’ questions please don’t post it below in the comments section. Here is the link to our Ask Us A Question service.

To see if you qualify for any potential residence visas, please contact kane@justimmagine.com or visit the assessment section of our page for options.

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