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Australia immigration: Changes to occupation lists

The Department of Home Affairs (DIBP Earlier) of Australia has announced certain major changes to the occupation lists. The changes introduced to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) are explained below:

Occupations added

Three occupations that were previously not there in either of these occupation lists have been added to the STSOL.

They are:

>Property Manager

>Psychotherapist

>Real Estate Representative

Caveats are applicable to Property Managers and Real Estate Representatives if the position:

-has a nominated base salary of less than $65,000

-is for a business with fewer than five employees

-is for business with an annual turnover of less than $1 million

-is not located in regional Australia

Occupations moved

Two occupations have been moved from the STSOL to the MTSSL. These occupations also come with certain eligibility caveats.

They are:

       >Horse Breeder

Exclusions will apply if:

-the position primarily involves low skilled tasks

-is not located in regional Australia

         >Management Consultant

Exclusions will apply for businesses that have:

-an annual turnover of less than $1Million

-fewer than five employees

-a nominated base salary of less than $90,000.

However, no occupations have been moved from MLTSSL to STSOL.

Occupations removed

Two occupations have been removed from the occupations lists. They are:

>Building Associate

>Hair and Beauty Salon Manager

Occupations with caveat-only changes

A few occupations have been retained on their respective lists but new/or amended caveats have been introduced for them.

>Accommodation and Hospitality Managers

Exclusions will apply if the position is not located in regional Australia

>Management Accountant

Exclusions will apply if the position:

-can be classified as a clerical, bookkeeping or accounting clerk role

-is for a business with an annual turnover of less than $1million

-is for a business with fewer than five employees

          >Massage Therapist

Exclusions will apply if:

-the position is not full-time

-the place of employment is not based in a therapeutic setting

-the position involves the provision of non-medical relaxation massage

-the job is in a retail setting

            >Recruitment Consultant

The caveats have been amended to exclude the positions:

-that have a nominated base salary of less than $90,000

-if the business has an annual turnover of less than $1million

-if the business has fewer than five employees

             >Supply and Distribution Manager

Exclusions will apply if:

-the position is based in a front-line retail setting

-it involves directing client transactional interactions on a regular basis

-it is with a business that has an annual turnover of less than $1 Mi, unless they involve an intra-corporate transfer to which international trade obligations apply

-the position has a nominated base salary of less than $65,000, unless they involve an intra-corporate transfer to which international trade obligations apply.

            >Taxation Accountant

Exclusions will apply for positions that:

-can be classified as a clerical, bookkeeping or accounting clerk role

-is for a business with an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M

-is for a business with fewer than five employees.

The changes, that have come into effect on January 17, 2018, are based on the review conducted by the Department of Jobs and Small Business (DJSB). The Australian Government introduced a half-yearly review cycle of the occupation lists with an aim to ensure that these lists reflect the needs of the Australian labour market and are aligned to the Government policy of giving priority to Australian workers.

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