Your chance to migrate to Australia in 2018: Changes announced to Skilled Occupation Lists
Australia has announced changes to the skilled occupation lists for the immigration intake program for the year 2018. The changes take effect on Wednesday, 17th January 2018.
Every year hundreds of thousands of foreign workers choose to live and work in Australia because of the lifestyle and employment opportunities offered.
The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is a list of skilled occupations that deliver high value skills needed by the Australian economy.
SOL aims to meet medium- to long-term skills needs of high value occupations, rather than immediate short-term shortages.
The suitability of occupations for inclusion on the SOL is assessed on time to time basis.
Department of Home Affairs today announced changes to Australia’s Skilled Occupation Lists.
These changes will only impact applications lodged on or after 17 January 2018. Applications
lodged before this date will not be impacted.
Occupations added to the lists
The three occupations below, which were previously unavailable on either list, will be added to the STSOL. Details of any caveats applicable to these three occupations are also provided below.
Occupations moved between the lists
The two occupations below will be moved from the STSOL to the MTLSSL. Details of any caveats applicable to these occupations are also provided below.
Occupations removed from the lists
The two occupations listed below will be completely removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations for all skilled visa programs on 17 January 2018.
Occupations with caveat-only changes
The six occupations listed below will remain on their existing lists. A new and/or amended caveat will, however, be in effect as of 17 January 2018 as outlined below.
According to Home Affair website*, these changes have been made to reflect the skills needs of the Australian labour market.
The changes also aim to support Australian businesses to address skills shortages that they are unable to fill locally.
The six-monthly review cycle of the occupation lists was established by the Australian Government in April 2017 to ensure that the occupations lists are responsive to changes in the Australian labour market, and align with the Australian Government’s policy that Australian workers have priority.
The changes will apply to applications made on or after 17 January 2018 and will not affect existing nominations or applications made prior to this date.
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