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Key Changes in Australia's Lists of Eligible Skilled Occupations- March 2018

Posted - 11, Apr 2018

Australian government has made some key changes in its list of eligible skilled occupations, which are applicable w.e.f. 18th March, 2018. These changes have come in to effect along with the introduction of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) and corresponding reforms to permanent skilled visas. What are key changes that may affect the applicants? Find below the list of changes that will affect the applicants of Australian skilled visa:

  • Introduction of ROL (Regional Occupation List) w.e.f. March 18, 2018
One of the major changes effective from March 18 is the introduction of an interim Regional Occupation List (ROL). The ROL will be available for a number of skilled visa programs (mentioned below) where the applicant has been nominated for a Regional Area in Australia. The Department of Jobs and Small Business has did a thorough labour market analysis to introduce this interim ROL. The list will be assessed as part of regular update in mid-2018.
  • Some more occupations have been added in the Skilled Migration List
Some additional occupations have been added to the Skilled Migration list, i.e.
  • Flight Attendant
  • Translator
  • Driving Instructor
  • Jockey
  • Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager
  • Cinema or Theatre Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
Some occupations which were removed in 2017 have been added back, i.e.
  • Vocational Education Teacher
  • Human Resource Adviser
  • Safety Inspector
  • Dental Therapist
  • Dental Hygienist
 
  • Some occupations eliminated from the Skilled Migration List
Some occupations which were earlier present in the Skilled Migration list have been removed
  • Some occupations Moved to ROL
Some occupations from the Skilled Migration lists have been moved to ROL (Regional Occupation List). 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
Note: Australian government is in process to expand the growth in the regional states of Oz. Hence, if your occupation is on the new ROL but no state is open for the same, you won't be able to apply.
  • Key Changes as per the Australian Skilled Visa Categories
Here are the changes applicable as per different Australian Visa categories:
Subclasses (streams or types) Key Changes
Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) A new skilled occupation list has been published, with eligible occupations for this program included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) only.
208 skilled occupations are now eligible for this visa program.
Overseas workers must be nominated in one of these skilled occupations unless separate arrangements are in place under a labour agreement or transitional arrangements* apply to the worker in relation to a Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream nomination.
Work experience related caveats have been removed.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187) A new skilled occupation list has been published, with eligible skilled occupations for this program included on the MLTSSL, as well as, the ROI for employers in regional areas.
The same number of 673 skilled occupations continue to be eligible for this visa program. These occupations (and related assessing authorities where applicable) apply to both Direct Entry and TRT streams.
Overseas workers must be nominated in one of these occupations unless transitional arrangements* apply to the worker in relation to a TRT stream nomination.
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) - Points-tested stream New instrument published and applicants for this visa program will continue to be able to access the MLTSSL.
176 skilled occupations remain eligible for this visa program.
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) New instrument published and visa applicants will continue being able to access the MLTSSL and a smaller number of skilled occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) - in order to support Australia's regional economy.
416 skilled occupations remain eligible for this visa program.
Training visa (subclass 407) New instrument published and a number of additional occupational/professional training skilled occupations on the ROL are now available for regional employers.
512 skilled occupations are now eligible for this visa program.
Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) - this visa is closed to new applications. No changes.
461 skilled occupations remain eligible for this visa program.
Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) The TSS skilled occupation list is published in a separate instrument. This instrument lists:
STSOL occupations as eligible for the Short-term stream of the visa
MLTSSL and ROL occupations (for employers in regional areas) as eligible for the Medium-term stream of this visa.
The skilled occupations included in this instrument are those which were previously available for the subclass 457 visa program, as well as new skilled occupations from the new ROL list.
509 skilled occupations are now eligible for this visa program.
Overseas workers must be nominated in one of these skilled occupations unless separate arrangements are in place under a labour agreement.
Work experience related caveats have been removed and there have been some changes to regional caveats for certain occupations.
Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)-Graduate Work New instrument published and applicants for this visa program will continue being able to access the MLTSSL.
176 skilled occupations remain eligible for this visa program.
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) -Family nominated New instrument published and applicants for this visa program will continue being able to access the MLTSSL.
176 skilled occupations remain eligible for this visa program.
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - State or Territory nominated New instrument published and skilled workers nominated by a state or territory government can apply with an occupation on the ROL, which allows workers to live and work in regional or low-population growth metropolitan areas.
475 skilled occupations are now eligible for this visa program.
  • Skilled Occupation Lists Updated as per latest changes
The Lists of eligible skilled occupations and the combined current list of eligible skilled occupations both occupation lists have now been updated to replicate the above mentioned changes. The lists will now represent:
  • A particular skilled occupation is on the MLTSSL, STSOL or ROL
  • Which visa category is now available for a particular skilled occupation
  • Whether any occupational caveats apply to subclass 186 or TSS visa programs (need to check Caveats on occupations).
To confirm further details about the latest changes made to Skilled Occupation lists and to apply Skilled PR visa based on the same, you may contact certified Australia Migration experts on Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, e-mail your queries to Visas Avenue e-mail id- info@visasavenue.com.

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