New Year’s proposed changes to the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

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New Year’s proposed changes to the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists


The Australian Government announced on 30 June 2017 that they will update the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) on a six-month basis to ensure they remain relevant and responsive to the needs of the Australian labour market. The next update to these lists is expected this January 2018.

Australia’s Department of Employment, responsible for undertaking a regular review of the List of Occupations recently proposed possible changes to the list of occupations. These include occupations flagged for removal and few occupations for addition on the current STSOL. Those flagged for a change are listed below:

STSOL occupations that are flagged for possible complete removal

  • Recruitment Consultant 223112
  • Building Associate 312112
  • Accommodation and Hospitality Managers NEC 141999
  • Hair or Beauty Salon Manager 142114

STSOL occupations not currently on the lists that are flagged for addition

  • Real Estate Agent 612114
  • Real Estate Representative 612115
  • University Tutor 242112
  • Psychotherapist 272314
  • Property Manager 612112

We currently predict no changes will be made to the list based from the announcement of Department of Employment that the Australian Government prioritizes continuity after the drastic changes on the list that happened last April and July 2017. However, should any changes occur then we will detail those changes and recommendations on our blog.

For now, these are the occupations we’ve ranked as high priority from the MLTSSL aside from the usual occupations that we process (Accountants, Auditors, Engineers, IT Professionals, Teachers, Medical Laboratory Scientists and other General Occupations)

  1. Materials Engineer
  2. Geotechnical Engineer
  3. Structural Engineer
  4. Transport Engineer
  5. Aeronautical Engineer
  6. Agricultural Engineer
  7. Biomedical Engineer
  8. Environmental Engineer
  9. Naval Architect
  10. Engineering Manager
  11. ICT Security Specialist
  12. Construction Project Manager
  13. Project Builder
  14. Social Worker
  15. Special Needs Teacher
  16. Other Spatial Scientist
  17. Cartographer
  18. Agricultural Consultant
  19. Agricultural Scientist
  20. Forester
  21. Telecommunications Field Engineer
  22. Telecommunications Network Planner
  23. Telecommunications Technical Officer Or Technologist
  24. Civil Engineering Draftsperson
  25. Civil Engineering Technician
  26. Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
  27. Actuary
  28. Landscape Architect
  29. Audiologist
  30. Orthotist or Prosthetist
  31. Medical Administrator
  32. Primary Health Organisation Manager

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January 09, 2018