Australian Skilled Occupations Lists have been modified effective from 17 January and these will be applicable for permanent and provisional skilled visas. This is after the review of the Department of Small Business and Jobs held at the end of 2017.
The changes to the Australian Skilled Occupations Lists mirror the needs of the labor market in the nation. They are also aimed at assisting businesses in Australia to cater to the shortages of skills that cannot be filled locally.
In April 2017, the Government of Australia had established the review cycle of 6 months. It was to ensure that occupations lists are receptive to the changes in the labor market in Australia. This was also aimed at aligning with the policy of prioritizing Australian workers, as quoted by the Home Affairs Gov AU.
The changes to the skilled occupations lists in Australia will be applicable to applications submitted after January 17, 2018. These will not impact applications or nominations made before this date. In case of visas tested by points, changes will be applicable to invites offered after this date.
A fresh occupations list for the regions is being developed as of now. This list will become effective from 2018 March along with the commencement of TSS Visa. It will ensure that employers in the regions are adequately supported.
Three occupations that were till now not available in any of the lists will be added to the STSOL. These are Real Estate Representative, Psychotherapist, and Property Manager.
Two occupations have been to the MTLSSL from the STSOL. These are Management Consultant and Horse Breeder. It must be noted here that occupations will not be moved to the STSOL from the MLTSSL.
Two occupations have been completely eliminated from lists of skilled occupations for any kind of skills visa programs. These are Beauty Salon Manager and Building Associate.
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