Changes to 457 Occupations List February 2011 By Mark Webster
15 February 2011
Some minor changes have been introduced to the list of occupations for the 457 business sponsorship program
and come into effect today.
As a consequence of the new list being issued, a new legislative instrument for the minimum salary for English language exemption has been issued.
However, the minimum salary for the exemption for English language testing remains at $85,090.
Occupations Excluded from 457 List
The following occupations have been excluded from the approved list of occupations for 457 visas:
||Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers
||Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)
||Motion Picture Projectionist
Of these occupations the one which is most likely to have an impact is the Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers (nec) occupation.
This was previously a useful "catch all" occupation for managers whose specific specialisation was not listed in the ANZSCO list of occupations.
Occupations where Specific Exclusions have been Added
The Department of Immigration has clarified that the occupation of Cafe or Restaurant Manager (ANZSCO 141111) excludes
positions in fast food or takeaway restaurants. This is likely to significantly affect student visa and working holiday visa holders seeking to move onto a 457 visa within such establishments.
The occupation of University Lecturer (ANZSCO 242111) has also been limited to Research Associates and Research Fellows only.
Occupations Added to the 457 List
The following occupations have been added
to the 457 list:
||Sugar Cane Grower
||Small Engine Mechanic
||Real Estate Agency Principal
These additions would appear to be occupations which have previously been excluded by error, or which have now been included due to pressure from special interest groups.
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