The Traffic Light Bulletin has been released by the Dept. of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. The bulletin proposed revisions to the SOLs for Australian skilled immigration.
Applicants should note that these are just “proposed” changes. There is no guarantee that all the proposed changes will come into effect. Changes to Australian skilled immigration may be formalized by March 2020.
So what are red, orange and green occupations under the Traffic Light Bulletin in regards to Australian immigration?
Red occupations may be removed completely from the skilled occupation lists. Proposed occupations that stand out are Hairdresser, Community Worker and Message Therapist. These occupations have previously been popular among immigrants.
Orange occupations are the ones that may be moved from one occupation list to the other. There are three occupation lists in Australia:
- MLTSSL (Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List)
- STSOL (Short-term Skilled Occupation List)
- ROL (Regional Occupational List)
Occupations like Automotive Electricians, Wall and Floor Tilers, Painting Trades Workers, and Motorcycle Mechanics may be moved from the MLTSSL to STSOL.
Occupations like Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson and Real Estate Representative are flagged to be moved from the ROL to the STSOL. This may allow employers in designated regional areas of Australia to sponsor foreign workers.
ICT Project Manager, Sales and Marketing Manager, and Information and Organization Professionals, may be moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL. This may help applicants on Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Visa to apply for PR under the Subclass 190 Visa.
The occupation of Geologist may be moved from the STSOL to ROL. This will limit applicants to living in regional areas before they can apply for PR.
Procurement Manager and Ship’s Master are occupations that may be moved from the ROL to the MLTSSL.
Green occupations are the ones that may be added to the STSOL after not featuring on the occupation lists for some time now. Noteworthy ones are Nursing Support Worker, Aged or Disabled Carer and Personal Care Assistant. However, a mandatory skill assessment has been proposed for these occupations.
Salary caveat recommendations
The Dept. has proposed a minimum salary of AUD 65,000 for occupations like Bakers, Pastry Cooks, and Fitters and Turners. For sportspersons, the minimum salary caveat proposed is AUD 120,000.
New and Emerging occupations
The Dept. has also identified a few new occupations which are currently not listed on the ANZCO. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has determined them to fit into the following definitions:
|Occupations not in ANZCO||ABS-determined occupation cod|
|Blockchain strategist||261111 ICT Business Analyst|
|Data Scientist||224999 Info & Org. Professionals nec|
|Blockchain Planner/Manager||135112 ICT Project Manager|
|Biosecurity Officer||311313 Quarantine Officer|
|Irrigation Manager||121212 Fruit or nut grower|
|Maintenance Electrician||341111 Electrician (General)|
|Horticulture Farm Manager||121213 Fruit or nut grower|
The definitions can now be used for immigration purposes as they are now effective.
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