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Check out the latest changes to Australia occupation lists

Australia has recently introduced some important changes to its lists of eligible occupations for migration. As part of these changes, 36 new occupations have been added to the Medium and Long-Term Skill List that include professional footballers and tennis coaches. Eighteen occupations were added to the Regional Occupation List while a total of 27 occupations were removed from the Short Term Skill Shortage List.

According to the Department of Home affair, the skilled occupations lists are updated time to time in order to ensure that the migration of skilled workers to Australia is in tune with the changing labour market needs of the country.

Changes to the Regional Occupation List:

In the latest update to the Skilled Occupation Lists, 18 new occupations were added to the Regional Occupation List. The newly added occupations include livestock, beef, dairy, sheep, aquaculture and crop farmers, among other agricultural roles. It is expected that these changes would be beneficial for Australian farmers who are fighting drought and also for regional communities. “We want Australians filling Australian jobs but when this isn’t possible, action is needed to ensure farmers can continue to operate,” Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman said.

The Regional Occupation List for Australia immigration allows employers to foreign workers to live and work for the sponsoring employer in a specified region in Australia for a maximum period of four years. The sponsored workers in designated areas can also apply for permanent residency later. They enjoy concessions in English language, salary and work experience requirements while applying for permanent residence.

The latest changes to the Regional Occupation List will be applicable only to the new applications and will not affect the existing nominations or applications.

18 occupations added to Australia’s Regional Occupation List:

  • Aquaculture Farmer
  • Cotton Grower
  • Fruit or Nut Grower
  • Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus)/field crop grower
  • Mixed Crop Farmer
  • Sugar Cane Grower
  • Crop Farmers nec
  • Beef Cattle Farmer
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer
  • Mixed Livestock Farmer
  • Deer Farmer
  • Goat Farmer
  • Pig Farmer
  • Sheep Farmer
  • Livestock Farmers nec
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
  • Dentist
  • Anaesthetist

New occupations added to MLTSSL:

  • Arts Administrator or Manager  
  • Dancer or Choreographer
  • Music Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Tennis Coach
  • Footballer
  • Environmental Manager  
  • Musician (Instrumental)
  • Statistician
  • Economist
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Engineering Professionals nec
  • Chemist
  • Food Technologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Research Scientist
  • Environmental Scientists nec
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Life Scientist (General
  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Botanist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Zoologist
  • Life Scientists nec
  • Conservator
  • Metallurgist
  • Meteorologist
  • Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec
  • University Lecturer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • Horse Trainer

Occupations removed from the Short Term Skill Shortage List:

A total of 27 occupations were removed from the Short Term Skill Shortage List

  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
  • Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic
  • Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer
  • Chemical Plant Operator
  • Library Technician
  • Arts Administrator or Manager
  • Dancer or Choreographer
  • Music Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Footballer
  • Aquaculture Farmer
  • Cotton Grower
  • Authorised Version Explanatory Statement registered
  • Fruit or Nut Grower
  • Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower
  • Mixed Crop Farmer
  • Sugar Cane Grower
  • Crop Farmers nec
  • Beef Cattle Farmer
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer
  • Mixed Livestock
  • Pig Farmer
  • Sheep Farmer
  • Livestock Farmers nec
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
  • Dentist
  • Anaesthetist
  • Tennis Coach

Contact us to check if you are eligible for migration to Australia as per the updated lists.


4 Differences You Should Know Between IELTS and PTE Examinations

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Examinations are two of the most popular English language proficiency tests.

The IELTS, established in 1989, is a test to assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers. The test is jointly conducted by British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP Education. The Pearson Test of English (PTE), established in 2009, also assesses and certifies the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers. Edexcel, the largest examining body of the UK, and QCA accredit this examination.

Though both the tests are similar in many aspects, there are also remarkable differences between the two. While IELTS is accepted by European, Australian and American universities, PTE is also gaining recognition in universities across various regions. One has to carefully look into the differences between the two tests in order to choose the one in which he/she can get a better score.

Let’s explore the four important differences between PTE and IELTS

1. Versions

Both IELTS and PTE have two common versions: Academic and General. PTE has an additional version named Young Learners Test. The Academic versions are for students seeking university admission and the General versions are for those seeking job opportunities. The PTE Young Learner’s Test is to certify the English communication skills of children.

2. Test structure

There are a few core differences between IELTS and PTE in their test structures. In IELTS, the speaking skills are evaluated based on a live conversation test. But in PTE, the candidate speaks to a microphone, which will be recorded in a computerized system. This recording is then evaluated by a computer program. While IELTS is paper-based, PTE is totally computer-based. In IELTS, time is set for each paper and the candidate can move forwards or backwards. But PTE has section timings and the candidate can move only forward.

While IELTS test takers will get their results after 13 calendar days, PTE test takers will receive their results online after five business days.

3. Scoring

PTE has a complete automated scoring system compared to the manual scoring of IELTS. PTE grades a candidate in a 10-90 band while IELTS test takers are graded on a 0-9 band.

4. Date, location

The IELTS Academic test can be attended in any one of the 900 centers spread across 130 countries, on any one of the 48 pre-fixed dates. For IELTS General Test, a candidate can choose any one of the 24 pre-fixed dates to attend the test.

PTE Academic test centers are located across 50 nations. In India, PTE has centers in 15 cities. The test can be taken on any date, depending on the availability of seats.

For more information on language proficiency tests, education abroad and Canada or Australia migration, contact us now!


10 Reasons to Choose Canada

Canada is the world’s second largest country (by area) with 36.5 million people residing in its 10 provinces and 3 territories.


In addition to being ranked 9th in the United Nations (UN) quality of life ranking in 2016, Canada has ranked 9th out of 200 countries in the UN’s annual Human Development Index (HDI). Furthermore, out of 140 cities evaluated for the most livable cities in the world by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU); Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary (all cities in Canada) were among the top five.


Canada provides state-funded healthcare facilities that enable people from all walks of life to have access to quality healthcare without worrying about paying heavy fees. Plus, if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, basic healthcare is completely free of cost!


Canada has strict gun laws, it is not only illegal to own handguns but only one-third of the population have a license to carry firearms – it is no wonder Canada was named the World’s most peaceful country in 2007 by The Economist. Additionally, the Legatum Global Prosperity Index (2016) has ranked Canada #2 in the world in personal freedom that measures the national progress towards basic legal rights, individual freedoms, and social tolerance.


Since mid-2016, Canada’s economy has grown at a 4.3 per cent annual rate. Based on data from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, according to Business Insider, Canada ranks 20th out of the top 25 richest countries in the world with a GDP per capita of $45,981. Canada is also one of the most powerful countries in the world as it is a member of the G8 and Canada is one of the top Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in spending on public postsecondary education.


Canada has a fast-track system for immigration called Express-Entry for skilled workers. The skills of the applicants are ranked on their specific talents and job prospects through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) – the applicants with the highest ranking are offered permanent residency. 30 draws and up to 70,000 invitations with CRS scores below 450 are expected to be issued in 2017 for the Canadian immigration authorities to meet this year’s targeted annual immigration levels.

Canada has a Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) that enables Provincial and Territorial governments in Canada to attract immigrants to their region. This program enables individuals with the skills and experience required by the province(s) participating in Canada’s PNP to receive a Provincial Nomination Certificate which expedites the Canadian immigration and the Canadian Permanent Residency process.


Approximately 20% of Canada’s 35 million people are from a foreign land, which makes Canada one of the world’s most multicultural countries. The diversity in Canada makes settling easier for immigrants as it plays a vital role in forming the tolerant and welcoming attitude of the government and people of Canada. The Legatum Global Prosperity Index (2016) revealed that Canada ranks 3rd out of 148 nations in the Social Capital sub-index which measures the strength of personal relationships, social network support, social norms and civic participation in a country.

Furthermore, Canada has many immigrant-serving organizations to help newcomers settle in. These organizations are funded by the government and their services are free. They are excellent sources of information and guidance. They also provide assistance with finding a job, finding accommodation, obtaining official government documents, learning English and/or French and obtaining other professional and/or educational qualifications.


Canada is home to an excellent education system hence providing quality education to its residents. Canada provides both public and private education systems. The public schools are funded by the government and are free for students till 12th Grade. Canada is also equipped with public colleges and universities where students pay tuition that is substantially less than private colleges and universities. Some of the top Universities in the world like McGill University, University of British Columbia and University of Toronto are in Canada.


The Legatum Global Prosperity Index (2016) has ranked Canada 3rd out of 149 nations in Business Environment. The Business Environment sub-index measures a country’s entrepreneurial environment including its business infrastructure, barriers to innovation and labour market flexibility. This ranking indicates that there are great employment opportunities available in Canada for people from all walks of life.


Canada has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world – Niagara Falls in Ontario; Banff National Park in Alberta; Prince Edward Island; Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains; and the Capilano River area in British Columbia.


Trudeau was elected the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada in October 2015. Since he was appointed, Trudeau has welcomed more than 28,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. He appointed Canada’s first ever gender balanced cabinet and lowered taxes for the middle class. Justin Trudeau represents Canada, and therefore his personality and actions are indicative of the amicable, tolerant and empathetic characteristics of Canada.