As part of the recent changes to the New Australian Skilled Migration Points Test, Schedule 3 of the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been changed, with a number of key occupations added

You can find a PDF for the full list of Skilled Occupation List (SOL) changes here. However, the key occupations added are fitters, metal machinists and pharmacists, .

The real benefit of these occupations being added to Schedule 3 is that it now opens up the possibility of applicants in these occupations qualifying for the Skilled – Independent (subclass 175) visa.

Unfortunately, other occupations have now been removed from Schedule 3 of the SOL, including panel beaters and vehicle painters. There is a view that these occupations will remain on Schedule 4, meaning that the Skilled – State Sponsored (subclass 176) visa may remain as a possible alternative. However, this is still to be confirmed.