Skilled Occupations List for 2014-15 Announced
By Mark Webster
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
The Department of Immigration has announced the new Skilled Occupations List (SOL)
which will apply from 1 July 2014.
Occupations Removed from the SOL
There have been no
occupations removed from the Skilled Occupations List.
This will be a great relief to Accountants who were slated for removal from the Skilled Occupations List in February 2014
Occupations Added to the SOL
The following occupations have been added to the Skilled Occupations List:
"Tilers" have also been added to the list - it is not entirely clear which occupations are affected, but the new occupations could be as follows:
Rationale for Changes
The Assistant Minister for Immigration, Michaelia Cash, has indicated in her joint press release
that Chefs have been added due to the occupation being in short supply. Strong growth is also projected in the cafe and restaurant sector.
The Assistant Minister also indicated that there is a "known deficit" of skilled workers in the hospitality and construction industries in Regional Areas.
Effect of Changes
The SOL is used in the following contexts:
As a result, Chefs, Bricklayers and Tilers will now be able to apply for the above visa types.
Change of Advisor on Skilled Occupations List in Future?
The Skilled Occupations list has traditionally been set every year based on advice from AWPA (Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency).
Given that AWPA has now been axed
, advice on the SOL will presumably be given by a different body in future, and it will be interesting to watch developments in the next year.
Assistant Minister Press Announcement - In-demand trades added to the Skilled Occupation List
The Australian - AWPA Axing Short Sighted