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Australia’s new Skilled Occupation List 2016-2017

Annually as their economy’s growth rate changes or their socio-economic needs place a heavier burden on certain aspects of their system the Australian government revises the list of occupations that cannot be filled by Aussies but must be filled in order to achieve the goals set by the government. These goals are often met with the help of expats working in Australia on a number of visas – granted to them under very strict conditions.

Australia’S New Skilled Occupation List 2016 2017

NB - View New Skilled Occupation List Here 2017-2018

The Skilled Occupations List is a list of such occupations that must be filled and are not being filled locally. This list, compiled by Skills Australia, is reviewed on an annual basis. While some occupations did not make the coveted list this year most remained on the list and this year saw the addition of Audiologists, Orthotists and Prosthetists.

The changes apply to the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visas, the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visas - if sponsored by an Australian relative and the Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 Visas - Graduate Work Stream.

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The Australian Minister of Immigration announced the new SOL list of occupations for the 2016/2017 financial year. The new list will become effective on 01 July 2016.

Besides ensuring your occupation is on the list you will have to meet some other important criteria too:

Age

You must be aged between 18 and 49 at the time of invitation.

English Language Ability

Most applicants will need to undertake an English language test. Native English speakers have the option of not taking the test, but must do so to obtain points for English.

Skills Assessment

All applicants need to undergo skills assessment in a skilled occupation. Criteria for skills assessment vary by occupation and there are a large number of skills assessing authorities. In most cases, the skills assessment will be based on the applicant's qualifications and work experience, though in some cases English language ability and registration in Australia is required.

Points Test

Applicants must meet the pass mark in the general skilled migration points test to be eligible.

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All applicants need to go through the SkillSelect system prior to lodging their visa application - this involves first making an Expression of Interest (EOI) and receiving an invitation from the Department of Immigration to apply.

The good news is that Accountants, IT and most of the Engineering occupations remain on the new SOL list.

Altogether 9 occupations have been removed from the former Skilled Occupations List and 2 occupations have been added to the updated 2016/2017 list.

There have been no changes to the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) which applies to employer and state sponsored visas.

The 9 occupations which were removed from the 2015 list Australian Skilled Occupations List are:

Mining Engineers
Petroleum Engineers
Metallurgist
Environmental Health Officer
Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
Dental Hygienist
Dental Prosthesist
Dental Technician
Dental Therapist

Occupations which were in turn added to the 2016/2017 list included:

Orthotists and Prosthetists
/Audiologists

The Impact of the Changes

The new Skilled Occupations List will come in to play on or after 1 July 2016, and will be applied to the following visa subclasses:

• Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa
• Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visa - Family Sponsored only
• Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 Visa - Graduate Work Stream only

Occupations that are sitting tightly on the list are:

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