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Skilled Occupations List7 for 2017-18 Released

Skilled Occupations List

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released the Skilled Occupations List (SOL), which came into effect on July 1, 2017. The list contains 178 occupations eligible for the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) visa programmes.

The occupations in the list have been divided into the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). MLTSSL is applicable for General Skilled migration visas including Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent Visa), Subclass 491 (Skilled Regional Provisional Visa for those who are not nominated by a State or Territory government agency) and Subclass 485 (Graduate Temporary Visa).

STSOL is applicable for Subclass 190 (Skilled—Nominated visa) and Subclass 491 (Skilled—Regional – Provisional – visa).

As per the new changes, six jobs have been removed from the list for Skilled Independent and family sponsored 491 visas including Sea Transport Professionals and Psychotherapists, Senior Managers, Statisticians, Economists, Mining Engineers, Engineering Professionals NEC and Chemists, have been removed from the approved lists entirely. Production Manager (Mining) and Anaesthetists are still available for State/Territory Nomination.

At the same time, 16 occupations have been added to the State/Territory Nominated list. They include Air Transport Professionals, ICT Support Staff, Butchers and Retail Buyers.

From the Employer Sponsored Occupations List (ESOL), a total of 18 occupations have been removed entirely. They include marine transport professionals, psychotherapists, medical administrators and property associate professionals. At the same time, 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.

A total of 22 occupations have been shifted to the MLTSSL from the STSOL. They include senior management roles, environmental scientists and university lecturers.

Caveats which previously applied only to 457 visa applications will now be applicable to ENS Direct entry applications as well.

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