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Australian state curbs SOL to include mostly Medical Specialists

Shock news from the end of last week was the, then unconfirmed, news that the state of Western Australia has dramatically reduced the number of occupations it deems still eligible for their skilled occupations list.

Australian State Curbs SOL To Include Mostly Medical Specialists

Australia relies on their Federal and State Skilled Occupation Lists to fill existing gaps in their labour force for which there are no qualifying Australians available. Positions were identified as being important in ensuring the continued growth of the country / state for this reason the SOL is updated very often as the state / Australian economy’s need change.


Foreigners with the appropriate qualifications and proven experience in any of the occupations listed are, on application, issued an Australia work visa and may later apply for Australian citizenship.

Only certain occupations are approved for use under Australia’s permanent and temporary skilled visa programmes. These occupations are listed in a legislative instrument that contains two schedules or ‘occupation lists’ that apply to different visa programmes.

Now the Western Australia State Government has released an updated version of their skilled migration list, slashing the original list of 178 occupations to 18.

Premier Mark McGowan said the 18 occupations on the list were mainly in the health sector where there was a genuine need, including midwives, psychiatrists and several classes of registered nurses.

Mr McGowan also confirmed the Federal Government agreed to remove Perth as a region from the regional sponsored migration scheme, which provided an additional pathway to obtain a visa to work on WA.

These changes will have no bearing in the SOL’s of other Australian regions or on the Federal SOL. All regions will continue to amend their SOL’s based on their region’s particular needs.

The positions on the Skilled Occupations List for Western Australia will, until further notice be:


General Practitioner
Vascular Surgeon
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Radiation Oncologist
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

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