Proposed Changes To The 2020 Australia Skilled Occupations Lists
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Proposed Changes To The 2020 Australia Skilled Occupations Lists

The Australian government has released a bulletin identifying the list of occupations that are under consideration for a change in status on the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists.

There are three occupation lists in Australia that could be affected by the Traffic Light Bulletin. These are; the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the Regional Occupation List  (ROL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

What might change?

Following the government’s review of this bulletin, certain occupations may be removed or moved between these lists, which would impact employers’ ability to utilise the employer-based temporary and permanent visa programs.

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Several skilled visas are governed by the Skilled Occupation Lists. They are:

Proposed occupations to be removed from the STSOL:

  • 272111 Careers Counsellor
  • 324212 Vehicle Trimmer
  • 361199 Animal Attendants and Trainers nec
  • 342311 Business Machine Mechanic
  • 391111 Hairdresser
  • 362211 Gardener (General)
  • 411611Massage Therapist
  • 394213 Wood Machinist
  • 452311 Diving Instructor (Open water)
  • 411711 Community Worker
  • 452312 Gymnastics Coach or Instructor

Proposed Occupations to be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL or the ROL:

  • 321111 Automotive Electrician
  • 323313 Locksmith
  • 321213 Motorcycle Mechanic
  • 332211Painting Trades Worker
  • 333411Wall and Floor Tiler
  • 333111 Glazier
  • 394111Cabinetmaker
  • 312511Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
  • 142115 Post Office Manager
  • 612115Real Estate Representative

Proposed occupations to be moved from the STSOL to the ROL:

  • 234411 Geologist
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Proposed occupations which may be moved from the ROL or the STSOL to the MLTSSL:

  • 231213 Ship’s Master
  • 133612 Procurement Manager
  • 599612 Insurance loss adjuster (salary caveat of minimum AUD 80,000)
  • 224999 Information and Organization Professionals nec (salary caveat of minimum AUD 90,000)
  • 135112ICT Project Manager (salary caveat of AUD 120,000)
  • 131112 Sales and Marketing Manager (salary caveat of minimum AUD 120,000)

Proposed occupations which may be added to the STSOL:

  • 221212 Corporate Treasurer
  • 423313 Personal Care Assistant
  • 423111 Aged or Disabled Carer
  • 423312 Nursing Support Worker

Occupations which may have salary caveats added:

  • 121312 Poultry Farmer (salary caveat of AUD 65,000)
  • 452499 Sportspersons nec (salary caveat of AUD 120,000)
  • 351111 Baker (salary caveat of AUD 65,000)
  • 323212 Fitter and Turner (salary caveat of AUD 65,000)
  • 361112 Horse Trainer (salary caveat of AUD 65,000)
  • 351112 Pastry cook (salary caveat of AUD 65,000)

What Next?

The Department will review the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists to ensure they are responsive to the skills needs across Australia. A formal submission period for commentary on the lists will open February 2020.

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Once agreed, the new Skilled Migration Occupation Lists are expected to be released in March 2020.

Might you be impacted?

The release of these bulletins can result in mixed emotions for wannabe Aussies. Some people may benefit due to the occupation moving onto the MLTSSL which offers PR, others may be horrified as occupations either move to the short term occupations list or get removed from the lists altogether.

IF implemented, will these changes be a good thing for you? Let us know in our comments below.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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