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:
New occupations added to MLTSSL:
Occupations removed from the Short Term Skill Shortage List:
A total of 27 occupations were removed from the Short Term Skill Shortage List
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