The Skilled Occupations lists for the 2017-18 program year have been released.
General Skilled Migration
Prior to 1 July, a single MLTSSL applied to both Employer Sponsored and General Skilled Migration programs, and also a single STSOL.
6 occupations have been removed from the list for Skilled Independent and family sponsored 489 visas as compared to the pre 1 July MLTSSL. Removed occupations include Sea Transport Professionals and Psychotherapists (removed entirely) and the occupations of Production Manager (Mining) and Anaesthetists which are still available for State/Territory Nomination.
13 occupations have been removed from the approved lists entirely - these include Senior Managers, Statisticians, Economists, Mining Engineers, Engineering Professionals NEC and Chemists.
16 occupations have been added to the State/Territory Nominated list which were not previously available - these include Air Transport Professionals, ICT Support Staff, Butchers and Retail Buyers.
Employer Sponsored Visas
The 457 visa and the ENS Direct Entry Stream share the same occupations list. The list is split into MLTSSL occupations and STSOL occupations. MLTSSL occupations result in a 457 visa valid for up to 4 years, whereas the maximum duration of a 457 visa in an STSOL occupation is only 2 years.
Compared to the lists prior to 1 July, 18 occupations have been removed entirely - these include marine transport professionals, psychotherapists, medical administrators and property associate professionals.
27 occupations have been added to the approved lists including R&D Managers, life scientists, air transport professionals, ICT Support roles, butchers, Music professionals, metallurgists and horse trainers.
22 occupations have been moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL including senior management positions, environmental scientists and university lecturers. 2 occupations have moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.
Caveats which previously applied only to 457 visa applications will now apply to ENS Direct entry applications as well - these may specify the type of business, nature of the role or minimum salary required for approval.
Changes to the occupations lists have been quite major - on balance more occupations have been added than removed, but applicants in certain occupations may be adversely affected.
If you would like an assessment of your eligibility for Employer Sponsored or General Skilled Migration or how the changes to the occupations list affect you, please book a consultation with one of our advisors.
Source : Acacia