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Skilled migration news – January 2018

Latest update on Occupation list

On 17 January 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (“DHA”) has updated its occupation lists. Applications lodged before this date will not be affected. Details are as follows:

Removed from both Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

  • Building Associate (ANZSCO:312112)
  • Hair or Beauty Salon Manager (ANZSCO: 142114)

Newly added to STSOL

  • Property Manager (ANZSCO: 612112) – For regional Australia only, caveat regarding salary, business turnover, number of employee applies.
  • Psychotherapist (ANZSCO: 272314)
  • Real Estate Representative (ANZSCO: 612115) – For regional Australia only, caveat regarding salary, business turnover, number of employee applies.

Occupations moved from STSOL to MLTSSL

  • Horse Breeder (ANZSCO: 121316) For regional Australia only, caveat regarding skilled tasks applies.
  • Management Consultant (ANZSCO:224711) – caveats regarding salary, business turnover, and number of employees applies.

Source: DHA (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/work/work/2018-changes-of-eligible-skilled-occupations)

SkillSelect Update

The DHA has released the invitation rounds results up to 3 January 2017.

There were 305 invitations issued. Of which, 300 were allocated to subclass 189 visa and the remaining five were for subclass 489 applicants. 

Based on our analysis, it shows that the DHA is clearing the backlog for IT related occupations and other non-pro-rata occupations, such as General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers, Registered Nurse and Other Practitioners. We can see the Software and Occupation Programmers got the most invitations (80) in this round and ICT Business and System Analysts came second (52).

In contrast, no invitation to Accountants and only 66 invitations were given to Auditors.  

The table below set out the invitations of this round by occupation:

           

Occupation

No. of invitation 3/1/2018 round 

2611

ICT Business and Systems Analysts*

97

2613

Software and Applications Programmers*

67

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*

66

2339

Other Engineering Professionals*

18

2631

Computer Network Professionals*

10

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*

8

2531

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

7

2544

Registered Nurses

6

2539

Other Medical Practitioners

3

2621

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

3

2713

Solicitors

3

1331

Construction Managers

2

2333

Electrical Engineers

2

2334

Electronics Engineers*

2

2633

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

2

2723

Psychologists

2

2321

Architects and Landscape Architects

1

2331

Chemical and Materials Engineers

1

2332

Civil Engineering Professionals

1

2525

Physiotherapists

1

2527

Speech Professionals and Audiologists

1

2725

Social Workers

1

3123

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1

 

Total

305

 

*denotes the occupations subject to pro-rata arrangements

 
State nomination statistics for subclass 190 and state requirement updates

DHA has not released the latest figures for January 2018. As such we have stated the latest (December 2017) figures here for reference:

 

December 2017

From July 2017 – December 2017

QLD

86

571

NSW

379

937

VIC

338

1368

WA

0

0

SA

57

475

TAS

26

228

ACT

63

286

NT

3

113

Total

952

3978

 

QLD

  • To align with DHA changes to occupation list, QLD has removed Building Associate from its State Occupation List as it will not be an eligible skilled occupation for all skilled visa programs from 17 January 2018.

SA

  • Immigration SA announced that their High Points Category will increase from 80 to 85 points (inclusion of 5 points for state nomination)
  • High Points Category can gain access to the Supplementary Skilled List (“SSL”) and occupations on the SA Nominated Occupation List which are listed as ‘Special Conditions Apply’. Applicants must meet all other South Australian state nomination requirements to qualify. 

For details: http://www.migration.sa.gov.au/news-events/news-releases/changes-to-state-nomination-high-points-category-and-occupation-lists

VIC

  • Temporary closure for nominating engineering and building occupation has been extended. Applications will be reopened on 5 February 2018.

For details, please visit: https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/news-events/news/2017/changes-to-skilled-applications-for-engineering-and-building-occupations

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