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New Skilled Occupation List Australia

Late news from SBS Australia on Skilled Occupation List:


Bricklayers, tilers, chefs added to skilled migration program.  The professions of bricklayer, tiler and chef have been added to the Skilled Occupation List from July, allowing foreign workers in these occupations to apply for a permanent visa without a sponsor.  Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash said the changes would fill positions in regional areas where the number of completed apprenticeships have dropped.

The federal government has limited the general skilled migration program at 43,990 skilled visas over the next financial year. Each of the listed occupations is capped at 6 per cent of the industry’s workforce.’


From Language Travel Magazine UK:


Australia’s Skilled Occupations List (SOL) was established to better meet the needs of the country’s labour market. But has it had a positive effect on inbound enrolments in the country? Claire Twyman reports.



Under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa programme, international students hoping to emigrate to Australia upon completion of their course can sometimes do so by choosing a subject related to a career on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) see below. 

Claire Field, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET), relates, “The SOL identifies occupations that are of high value and will assist in meeting the medium-to-long-term skills shortages of the Australian economy, while taking into regard the labour market prospects of migrants and without distorting domestic training and labour markets.”

Updated on an annual basis to reduce system abuse, with the next update taking effect on July 1 this year, the SOL replaces the original Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) that was revoked in February 2010. As the Australian government outlines in the paper Select skills: Principles for a new Migration Occupations in Demand List (2009), “Its [the MODL’s] original intention was to improve the selection chances of highly-skilled visa applicants whose age and English language proficiency worked against their relative chances of selection but whose occupation was in demand by Australian employers.” …

…The Australian quotes Bob Birrell from Monash University in Clayton, VIC, who states, “Notwithstanding the advent of post-study work rights, the accounting path to permanent residency is still an important incentive for Australian universities recruiting fee-paying students. Should accounting be removed from the skilled occupation list, it’s likely to have a significant impact on enrolments and will probably arrest the pick-up that we’ve seen in the past year or so.”

Is Bob Birrell qualified to comment about immigration, international education and skilled occupation lists?

Jenarthan is of the view that completion of an accountancy degree is insufficient training for working in the field, while according to The Australian, employers have long complained that former international students with accounting qualifications lack the required English and communications skills. According to a study compiled by Deakin University in Melbourne, VIC, a “glut” of Chinese graduates with degrees in accounting has highlighted an imbalance between domestic and international students in the discipline.

In conclusion, while the fact that occupations can be removed from the SOL poses a challenge, its implementation should benefit international student enrolment numbers.


For resources about job descriptions, employment outlook and career prospects for occupations Australia click through.


A snapshot of jobs on the SOL

Medical Administrator, Accountant, Landscape Architect, Surveyor, Civil Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Veterinarian, Secondary School Teacher, Environmental Health Officer, Dentist, General Medical Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, ICT Business Analyst, Solicitor, Social Worker, Carpenter, Electrician.’
For more information about the Skilled Occupation List and Australian Immigration click through.


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