It seems like the changes to skilled migration are coming fast and often in 2018, with a new batch of changes made in conjunction with the abolishment of the old subclass 457 visa and the introduction of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) visa which came into force on March 18th 2018.
As the majority of our clients who want to emigrate to Australia are applying from offshore, the main changes that may affect you include:
- Additional occupations added to skilled migration lists
- Certain occupations have been removed from skilled migration lists
- Certain occupations have been moved into a new Regional Occupations List (ROL) which is limited to regional states only
How Does This Affect You?
Well before we go through the changes in the 2 main lists (MLTSSL and STSOL), the ‘new’ list which in essence is the shuffling of occupations from the other 2 lists into this regional-only list, makes it clear that the Australian government is trying to encourage and spur growth in the regional states.
Discussions are in place between the government and the states on these changes, as you would still need a state to nominate you, so if an occupation is on the new ROL but no state is open, you still wouldn’t be able to apply.
This leads us to think that the states will start nominating more of these ROL occupations for the subclass 489 visa type once discussions have been concluded with various government agencies.
Expect most of the states to update their regional lists in July 2018.
Changes To The Skilled Occupation Lists
The MLTSSL has lost 4 occupations and the STSOL has lost 10 occupations. All of these have been moved to the ROL. These include:
- Property Manager
- Real Estate Representative
- Electrical Linesworker
- Agricultural Technician
- Wine Maker
- Helicopter Pilot
- Aeroplane Pilot
- Flying Instructor
- Sports Centre Manager
- Fitness Centre Manager
- Amusement Centre Manager
- Post Office Manager
- Medical Administrator
- Project Builder
- Horse Breeder
The ROL has 59 occupations on it.
New additions include occupations such as:
- Flight Attendant
- Driving Instructor
- Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager
- Cinema or Theatre Manager
- Market Research Analyst
They have also added back some occupations that were removed in mid 2017, such as:
- Vocational Education Teacher
- Human Resource Adviser
- Safety Inspector
- Dental Therapist
- Dental Hygienist
With all the changes that have happened to the skilled occupations in 2018, this should be it for the rest of this year and hopefully into 2019.
If your occupation is now back on one of the lists, even if it’s on the ROL but no states are currently open, now might be a good time to get your occupation assessed, as it can take up to 3 months to do that.
If any of the changes above affect you or you would like to know more about the changes to the skilled occupation list, please get in touch with us and one of our consultants will get in touch.