There have been some changes to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) that discern which occupations are considered eligible for certain visa sub-classes. While the Australia government states that the changes are small in comparison to the list itself, it is important for all professionals who are looking at their migration options and companies looking to send employees abroad to Australia to know if the nominated occupation is on the SOL and if there are any benefits if they do.
The SOL is updated annually and the changes are made after consultation with various departments across the Australian government. This year the changes were managed by the Department of Education and Training in conjunction with the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The edit of the SOL is to tweak and realign the list to better represent the needs of the Australian labor market. The 2016 list encompasses emerging and future workforce skill and development needs.
Additionally, the changes made to the existing list also includes ‘flagged’ occupations that may in the near future be considered for removal from the list due to a perceived excess of skilled workers in that profession. An occupation that has been flagged doesn’t necessarily mean that that it will be removed from the list but it is best to regularly check the SOL for any changes that may affect you or your company.
The occupations that have been added to the SOL are:
- Orthotist/ Prosthetist
The occupations that have been removed are:
- Mining Engineer
- Petroleum Engineer
- Environmental Health Officer
- Occupational Health and Safety Officer
- Dental Hygienist
- Dental Prosthetist
- Dental Technician
- Dental Therapist
There are a number of migration options open to you as a skilled worker. These include both temporary and permanent residence visas. For more information about which occupations are on the SOL click here for more information.
These changes have come into effect on the 1st of July 2016.
For more information about acquiring a Skilled Visa follow the link to contact Expat International.