Australia Skilled Occupations List – March 2020 Changes


The March 2020 Update to the Australian Skills Occupations List will be available very VERY soon. The submission period has now closed and we will publish details of the final decision of Government on getting Down Under as soon as it’s announced.

The Government announced reforms to Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled visa programs on 18 April 2017. As part of these reforms, the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa was introduced in March 2018. The skilled migration occupation lists that underpin these visa programs are updated regularly to ensure that they remain responsive to genuine skill needs across Australia

There are numerous stages involved with the review of the lists ranging from an initial labour market analysis to a formal recommendation being made to the government.

March 2020 Changes – Australian Skilled Occupations Lists

We wrote about the proposed changed to the 2020 Skilled Occupations lists that were recommended here. Though historically many of the proposed changes have been accepted. On some occasions, not all the changes get reflected on the new skilled occupations lists.

March 2020 changes Australia skilled occupations listAs per the diagram, we are now at stage 6 of the consultation process.

At this stage, The Department provides advice to the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, incorporating labour market analysis and key themes from the consultation, including additional evidence and data provided by stakeholders.

The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business writes to the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs with recommendations for changes to the skilled migration occupation lists.

After consideration, the findings are announced with the changes being effected in the following weeks.

Which Skills Occupations Lists are being reviewed in March?

All the current occupations lists are being reviewed. These includes:

• the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL);
• the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL); and,
• the Regional Occupation List (ROL).

Will You Be Impacted to the March Changes?

Will you be impacted (good or bad) by the proposed changes? Let us know in our comments.

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2 months ago

Hi I would like to thank you for your updates. I have been a retail manager for the last 19 years and though I have found it very hard to find sponsorship, I havn’t given up and will keep the dream alive. I am hoping that one day my occupation comes on the skilled list.

1 month ago

Hi Mark what is the latest on this? Has the changes been confirmed?

2 months ago

thank you for this very informative and sharing post, my husband is a senior ICT project manager, our points only add up to 80, what are the chances of being invited. many thanks.

Hi there. If my IOE if already lodged, will we be safe from the changes? I am a Pastry Cook.


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