Updates on Skilled Occupations List

Updates on Skilled Occupations List

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The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for the year 2015-16 has been released recently. It has come into effect starting from the 1st of July 2015. The updates in the list have been as a result of the government’s findings and extensive reviews taking into account various factors and inputs from multiple sources.

Essentially the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protectionidentifies the skills which would benefit the country’s economy in the medium to long term and can be had from overseas migration. To stay ahead in the times of global competition it is important to be home to skilled population.

Every year the review of the SOL takes place to advice regarding the talent pool which cannot be built via up-skilling of Australians or by sponsored migration programs. In order to overcome skill shortages investments are being made in areas of vocational education and training for developing talent within the country, at the same time.

The SOL applies to:

  1. Independent Skilled Migrants
  2. Family Sponsored Visa Applicants
  3. Temporary Graduates Visa Applicants (sub class 485)

The first category includes those who have not been nominated by the State or the Territory governments.

Designated assessment authorities can be contacted directly to ensure that the applicants clear the skill assessment which may be a part of their visa application,if applicable.

As per the current revisions dentists and dental specialists have been removed from the list, owing to an increase in the available workforce. Also urban and regional planners no longer feature on the list. At the same time cabinet makers and panel beaters have made it to the list as they are expected to contribute to the existing workforce.

Overall 190 occupations are on the list and can be viewed by clicking here.

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