Significant Changes to Skilled Occupation List 2018 Revealed!

If you are a potential aspirant looking to migrate to Australia, you would probably be familiar with the term Skilled Occupation List (SOL).

It is a standard list of occupations currently acknowledged for immigration to Australia. The list comprises of different categories including professionals, managers, traders, etc and is applicable to following visas:

  • Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme
  • Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
  • Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa
  • Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa
  • Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa
  • Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa

The Department of Home Affairs updates the SOL on a regular basis to demonstrate or echo changes in the Australian Labor Market and current demand for occupations in the country.

Following is the summary of proposed changes made on 17 January 2018 to the list of eligible skilled occupations.

Occupations added to the list & the caveats applicable

Occupation ANZSCO Code Caveat Applicable (From January 2018)
Property Manager*** 612112

          Only below positions are exempted from caveats:

  • Nominated base salary of less than AUD$65000
  • Business with less than five employees
  • Business with annual turnover of less than AUD$1 Million
  • The location is not in regional Australia
Psychotherapist 272314 Nil
Real Estate Representative*** 612115

          Only below positions are exempted from caveats:

  • Nominated base salary of less than AUD$65000
  • Business with less than five employees
  • Business with annual turnover of less than AUD$1 Million
  • The location is not in regional Australia

Note: You can find the list of eligible postcodes in Regional Australia here: ?

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/work/work/allocation-dates-for-general-skilled-migration-applications/regional-growth

Occupations Removed from the List

Occupation ANZSCO Code
Horse Breeder*** 121316
Management Consultant 2274711

 

Occupations Moved from STSOL to MLTSSL

 

Occupation ANZSCO Code Caveat Applicable (From January 2018)
Horse Breeder*** 121316

          Positions Exempted:

  • Predominantly involve low skilled tasks (for instance: fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals) OR
  • The location is not in regional Australia

          Note: This caveat has not changed

Management Consultant 2274711

          Positions Exempted:

  • Hold Annual Turnover of less than AUD$1 Million
  • Operate business with less than five employees
  • Have Nominated base salary of less than AUD$90,000

          Note: Base Salary Requirement has been raised to $90,000

Source: Department of Home Affairs

The above changes will be applicable to the applications lodged on or after 17 January 2018 and will not affect the applications lodged prior to this date.

Need further assistance to apply for the visa or want to know the caveats on occupations in detail? Get in touch with our experts today!

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