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New Skilled Occupation List for Australian skilled migration finally released

by Lauren 17/05/2010 13:19:00

The new Skilled Occupation List
was announced on 17 May, 2010
 

Today, the new SOL (Skilled Occupation List) for the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) program was finally announced, with the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) releasing the following statement:

"The new list (based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, or ANZSCO) identifies occupations that reflect the high value, nation building skills Australia needs – skills that take time and diligence to acquire, that are put to the use intended, and where the cost to the economy and local communities of the skill being in short supply is great."

The new list of targeted occupations was determined by the independent body, 'Skills Australia' and will be instrumental in determining who is eligible to apply for an Australian skilled visa upon its implementation on 1 July, 2010. This is also the date when State Migration Plans will be announced and introduced, as well as when the offshore skilled GSM program will be restarted, which was temporarily suspended on 7 May, 2010.

Please note that, as expected, all occupations on the new SOL are from the ANZSCO (Australia and New Zealand Skilled Classification of Occupations) as opposed to the previously used ASCO (Australian Skilled Classification of Occupations).

See below for the new Skilled Occupation List: 

133111 - Construction project manager
133112 - Project builder
133211 - Engineering manager
134111 - Child Care centre manager
134211 - Medical administrator
134212 - Nursing clinical director
134213 - Primary health organisation manager
134214 - Welfare centre manager
221111 - Accountant (general)
221112 - Management accountant
221113 - Taxation accountant
221213 - External auditor
221214 - Internal auditor
224111 - Actuary
224511 - Land economist
224512 - Valuer
231212 - Ship's engineer
231213 - Ship's master
231214 - Ship's officer
232111 - Architect
232112 - Landscape architect
232211 - Cartographer
232212 - Surveyor
232611 - Urban and regional planner
233111 - Chemical engineer
233112 - Materials engineer
233211 - Civil engineer
233212 - Geotechnical engineer
233213 - Quantity surveyor
233214 - Structural engineer
233215 - Transport engineer
233311 - Electrical engineer
233411 - Electronics engineer
233511 - Industrial engineer
233512 - Mechanical engineer
233513 - Production or plant engineer
233611 - Mining engineer (excluding petroleum)
233612 - Petroleum engineer
233911 - Aeronautical engineer
233912 - Agricultural engineer
233913 - Biomedical engineer
233914 - Engineering technologist
233915 - Environmental engineer
233916 - Naval architect
234111 - Agricultural consultant
234112 - Agricultural scientist
234113 - Forester
234211 - Chemist
234611 - Medical laboratory scientist
234711 - Veterinarian
241111 - Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher
241411 - Secondary school teacher
241511 - Special needs teacher
241512 - Teacher of the hearing impaired
241513 - Teacher of the sight impaired
241599 - Special education teachers nec
251211 - Medical diagnostic radiographer
251212 - Medical radiation therapist
251213 - Nuclear medicine technologist
251214 - Sonographer
251411 - Optometrist
251412 - Orthoptist
252111 - Chiropractor
252112 - Osteopath
252311 - Dental specialist
252312 - Dentist
252411 - Occupational therapist
252511 - Physiotherapist
252611 - Podiatrist
252711 - Audiologist
252712 - Speech pathologist
253111 - General medical practitioner
253211 - Anaesthetist
253311 - Specialist physician
253312 - Cardiologist
253313 - Clinical haematologist
253314 - Clinical oncologist
253315 - Endocrinologist
253316 - Gastroenterologist
253317 - Intensive care specialist
253318 - Neurologist
253321 - Paediatrician
253322 - Renal medicine specialist
253323 - Rheumatologist
253324 - Thoracic medicine specialist
253399 - Internal medicine specialist nec
253411 - Psychiatrist
253511 - Surgeon (general)
253512 - Cardiothoracic surgeon
253513 - Neurosurgeon
253514 - Orthopaedic surgeon

253515 - Otorhinolaryngologist
253516 - Paediatric surgeon
253517 - Plastic and reconstructive surgeon
253518 - Urologist
253521 - Vascular surgeon
253911 - Dermatologist
253912 - Emergency medicine specialist
253913 - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253914 - Ophthalmologist
253915 - Pathologist
253916 - Radiologist
253999 - Medical practitioners nec
254111 - Midwife
254411 - Nurse Practitioner
254412 - Registered nurse (aged care)
254413 - Registered nurse (Child and Family Health)
254414 - Registered nurse (community health)
254415 - Registered nurse (critical care and emergency)
254416 - Registered nurse (development disability)
254417 - Registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)
254418 - Registered nurse (medical)
254421 - Registered nurse (medical practice)
254422 - Registered nurse (mental health)
254423 - Registered nurse (perioperative)
254424 - Registered nurse (surgical)
254499 - Registered nurse
261111 - ICT business analyst
261112 - Systems analyst
261311 - Analyst programmer
261312 - Developer programmer
261313 - Software engineer
263311 - Telecommunications engineer
263312 - Telecommunications network engineer
272311 - Clinical psychologist
272312 - Educational psychologist
272313 - Organisational psychologist
272314 - Psychotherapist
272399 - Psychologists nec
272511 - Social worker
312211 - Civil engineer draftsperson
312212 - Civil engineer technician
312311 - Electrical engineer draftperson
312312 - Electrical engineer technician
313211 - Radiocommunications technician
313212 - Telecommunications field engineer
313213 - Telecommunications network planner
313214 - Telecommunications technical officer or technologist
321111 - Automotive electrician
321211 - Motor mechanic (general)
321212 - Diesel motor mechanic
321213 - Motorcycle mechanic
321214 - Small engine mechanic
322211 - Sheetmetal trades worker
322311 - Metal Fabricator
322312 - Pressure Welder
322313 - Welder (first class)
323111 - Aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics)
323112 - Aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical)
323113 - Aircraft maintenance engineer (structures)
323313 - Locksmith
324111 - Panelbeater
324311 - Vehicle painter
331111 - Bricklayer
331112 - Stonemason
331211 - Carpenter and Joiner
331212 - Carpenter
331213 - Joiner
332211 - Painting trades workers
333111 - Glazier
333211 - Fibrous plasterer
333212 - Solid plasterer
333411 - Wall and floor tiler
334111 - Plumber (general)
334112 - Airconditioning and mechanical services plumber
334113 - Drainer
334114 - Gasfitter
334115 - Roof plumber
341111 - Electrician (general)
341112 - Electrician (special class)
341113 - Lift mechanic
342111 - Airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic
342211 - Electrical linesworker
342212 - Technical cable jointer
342313 - Electronic equipment trades worker
342314 - Electronic instrument trades worker (general)
342315 - Electronic instrument trades worker (special class)
411211 - Dental Hygienist
411212 - Dental Prosthetist
411213 - Dental technician
411214 - Dental therapist


What do we still need to know?

While it's a relief that the new Australian SOL has been announced, there still remain a few unanswered questions, many of which stem from the fact that the new list of occupations is drawn from the ANZSCO as opposed to the ASCO.

For example, while the ANZSCO is very similar to the ASCO in some respects, it still doesn't match up exactly in terms of the names and classifications of the occupations. Therefore, even though we can make a fairly informed prediction for most of the occupations on the new SOL, it's still unknown as to how many points will be allocated to each occupation. Additionally, while we can make assumptions, we still don't know exactly which Australian body will be responsible for assessing which ANZSCO occupations.

It's also currently unknown what will happen to applicants who have already obtained a positive skills assessment. Potential solutions are that that the assessing bodies will simply transfer an applicant's positive assessment in the ASCO occupation to the corresponding ANZSCO occupation (if possible) or that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will accept old skills assessments for a time. However, it's also possible that these applicants will need to obtain a new skills assessment, particularly if their previous ASCO occupation only has a partial ANZSCO match on the new SOL.

Another factor that makes the transition confusing is that the skill level requirements (i.e. the level of degree, trade certificate or years experience required) for the ANZSCO is different than the ASCO in some instances. Therefore, even though an applicant might have a valid skills assessment and perform the ANZSCO-listed associated tasks for that occupation, they will still need to meet the skill criteria for DIAC.

As a result, further clarification will be needed from DIAC before we can be sure how to proceed in advising our clients going forward. However, it's still useful to finally have the new Skills Occupation List and have some idea of what Australian skilled migration will look like going forward, even though many questions remain unanswered.

On 1 July, 2010, I hope to be able to provide a more definitive statement on the full range of migration pathways available to skilled visa applicants, as this is the date when the State Migration Plans will be introduced and hopefully further clarification regarding the points test review will have been received by then. In the meantime though, I will continue monitoring the situation and provide updates as and when I receive them. 

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau

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