2015-16 Skilled Occupations List Announced

webster By Mark Webster
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

The occupations lists for the 2015-16 Program Year was released yesterday. This will apply for applications from 1 July 2015, and includes changes to both the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL).

Skilled Occupations List (SOL) Changes

The Skilled Occupations List (or SOL) is used for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa, the Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 Visa (Family Sponsored) and the Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visa.

The following occupations have been removed from the SOL:


These occupations have been on the SOL for a significant amount of time and will greatly impact those in these specialisations. However, they may still be eligible for state or employer sponsored options as the occupations remain on the CSOL.

To the relief of many international students, the accounting occupations remain on the Skilled Occupations List and have not been removed.

The following occupations have been added to the SOL:

Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) Changes

The Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (or CSOL) is used for the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa, the Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 Visa (State Sponsored) and employer sponsored 457 and Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visas.

The only occupation removed from the CSOL is Primary School Teacher 241213. As a result, Primary School teachers are not eligible for state sponsored or employer sponsored visas. This is surprising as Pre-Primary and Secondary School teachers are on the SOL, which would indicate that teachers in these fields are in short supply.

If you would like an assessment of your likely eligibility for migration to Australia, please book a consultation with one of our advisors.

References

Comlaw: Specification of Occupations, a Person or Body, a Country or Countries 2015 - IMMI 15/092

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