New Skilled Occupations List from 1 July 2011

By Mark Webster
7 June 2011

The new Skilled Occupations List to apply from 1 July 2011 was released today. The list is reviewed annually by Skills Australia in response to current labour market conditions.

The main beneficiaries of the changes are pharmacists, lawyers, fitters, welders and metal machinists who have all been added to the list.

Only four occupations have been removed from the list, with panel beaters and vehicle painters the only common occupations to be excluded.

This news will be a great relief to international students studying accounting, nursing and IT all of which remain on the Skilled Occupations List.

Occupations Added to the List

Thirteen occupations will be added to the Skilled Occupations List:
ANZSCO Code Occupation
234914 Medical Physicist
251311 Environmental Health Officer
251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
251511 Hospital Pharmacists
251513 Retail Pharmacists
271111 Barrister
271311 Solicitor
323211 Fitter (General)
323212 Fitter and Turner
323213 Fitter-Welder
323214 Metal Machinist (First Class)
399111 Boat Builder and Repairer
399112 Shipwright

This corrects a number of surprising omissions from the first Skills Australia - namely pharmacists, fitters and metal machinists who were previously on the Migration Occupations in Demand List.

Barristers and Solicitors have been added - perhaps due to the lobbying efforst of the Law Council of Australia.

Environmental Health Officers and Occupational Health and Safety Advisors would generally be employed at construction or mine sites, and are perhaps added as a result of union lobbying efforts.

Occupations Removed from the List

The following occupations have been removed from the skilled occupations list:

ANZSCO Code Occupation
251411 Optometrist
251412 Orthoptist
324111 Panel Beater
324311 Vehicle Painter

Effect of Changes

Applicants for Skilled - Independent and family sponsored skilled visas (Skilled - Sponsored and Skilled - Regional Sponsored) must nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List.

People applying on or after the 1st of July 2011 will need to nominate an occupation on the new list.

Processing times for people who have applied prior to 1 July 2011 will be affected. In particular, applicants with an occupation on the new list will be processed at priority level 3. Applicants who are not on the new list would generally be processed at priority level 4, even if they were on the Schedule 3 Skilled Occupations List at the date they applied.

For more information on how this might affect your application please contact us for more information.

References

Immigration Website - Changes to Skilled Occupations List from 1 July 2011

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