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New Occupation List for Australian Immigration

Posted On: 11-Mar-2019
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New Occupation List for Australian Immigration

Migrating to a different country is a big step in itself. Australia is one of the most prominent places which witnesses high number of immigrants from across the world. Reports show that every year, almost 1,90,000 foreign nationals apply to migrate to Australia. There are several reasons that makes Australia one of the ideal places to migrate.

The booming economy, abundant job opportunities, shortage of skilled workers, good weather conditions, and low crime rate are some of the reasons that attract immigrants. The immigration application process for Australia is usually point- based, which means there are several factors that makes you eligible for Australian permanent residency.

If you are planning to migrate to Australia, one of the most common and easier ways to apply for the process is through the employer nomination scheme. This scheme also increases your chances of getting the status of Australian permanent residency. This scheme is mostly useful for residents who have worked or have a job offer from an Australian company or employer.

Under this scheme, an Australian employer can nominate a highly skilled worker from overseas to fill a position within an organization that usually can’t be filled by an Australian original. Owning a business overseas can also work in your favor. In this case, the Australian government or a state can nominate you for permanent residency to open a business in Australia and contribute to the country’s economy.

If you have a family member or a relative settled in Australia or New Zealand, they can help you in migration too. There are several processes that you need to undergo when you apply to become an Australian resident.

However, possessing the required skillset often gives you an edge over other applicants since most of the migration that takes place is skilled migration. Australia is in dire need of skilled immigrants due to its low population. The Australian occupation list is determined as per the labor market. Residents who have a job offer from any of the in-demand jobs, are more likely to get nominated.

The major types of occupation list:

The major occupations in Australia falls under any of the following lists:

  • Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List: this list is aimed for skilled independent subclass 189 visa.
  • Short Term Skilled Occupation List: this list is aimed for the highly demanding occupations in Australian states and territories.
  • Regional Occupation List: this list is for the occupations that are in high demand in regional parts of Australia under subclass 407, 489 and more.

Which occupations are in high demand in Australia?

Under the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skill List, the most in demand positions include:

  • Engineers in Australia
  • Construction project managers
  • Welfare center managers environmental managers
  • Choreographers
  • Music directors
  • Accountants (management taxation)
  • External and internal auditors
  • Economists
  • Architects
  • Agricultural consultants and scientists
  • Chemists
  • Biochemists
  • Life scientists
  • Veterinarian
  • Meteorologists
  • School teachers
  • Hearing and sight impaired teachers
  • Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • General practitioners
  • Surgeons
  • Gynecologists and other doctors
  • Registered nurses
  • Barristers
  • Solicitors
  • Psychologists
  • ICT business analysts and security specialists
  • General mechanics
  • Diesel motor mechanic
  • Welder
  • Technicians
  • Tiller
  • Plumber
  • Electricians
  • Lift mechanics
  • Electronic instrument trade workers
  • Sports trainers such as horse trainer tennis coach and footballer
  • Chef
  • Boat builder
  • Repairer and more

The Short Skilled Occupation List includes:

  • Flower and grape cultivators,
  • Gardener
  • Farmer,
  • Managers (sales & marketing, hr, finance, advertising, corporate services, production)
  • ICT project managers
  • Laboratory manager
  • Hotel or motel manager
  • Customer service executives
  • Photographers
  • Musicians
  • Television and radio managers
  • TV and newspaper journalists
  • Other writers
  • Finance and insurance brokers
  • Investment managers and advisers
  • Mathematician
  • PR managers
  • Fashion designer
  • Interior designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Jewelry designer
  • Web designer
  • Geologists
  • Event organizers
  • Pharmacist
  • Nutritionist
  • Dentist
  • Other doctors like surgeons
  • Administrators
  • Rehabilitation counsellors
  • Interpreters
  • Few branches of engineering
  • Sportspersons
  • Other skilled workers.

The Regional occupation list majorly include farmers, cotton grower, PR managers, project builder, medical administrator, sports and fitness center manager, policy analyst, policy research manager, helicopter pilot, ship’s master, physiologist, dentists, anesthetist, translator, pathology collector, zoo keeper, gas or petrol operator, driving instructor, jockey, first aid trainer, flight attendant and more.

These are some of the occupations that you can apply for that will help you get Australian residentship. To get details of all the jobs under each of the sub category, you can consult a migration agent who will help you get all the details for an easier and hassle free immigration experience.

New Changes Incorporated in the Occupation List

The Skilled Occupation list of 2019 has undergone several changes which have been put to effect from 2019. The department of Australian immigration has added several new occupations under the three lists. These new occupations will majorly impact the Employer Nomination program.

Before it was put to effect, the new changes underwent a period of review and consultation under the department of Jobs & Small Businesses. This review was mainly conducted to ensure that the entry of skilled workers will be in accordance to the need of Australian economy. Under this reform, the permanent resident applicants from science background will now have greater opportunities and scope of working in the Australian area.

The skilled occupation list has added 36 new occupations. The year 2019, will open huge avenues of immigration. Some of these positions include biochemist, botanist, conservators, environment managers and scientists, biologist, meteorologist, professionals from natural and physical science category, food technologists, petroleum engineer, university lecturer, zoologist, microbiologists, arts manager, hydrogeologist, biotechnologist and more.

Besides the addition of new occupations, there are almost 27 jobs that have been removed from the short term skilled occupation list. Most of these have been moved to the regional list. The process of immigration isn’t as simple as it might seem. It is important to take an expert advice or undergo a thorough research. You can even seek advice from a friend or relative who has migrated to Australia.

How will the changes affect the Australian immigration?

The process of Australian immigration will continue to follow the same process. Each occupation on the list (including the newly added ones) will follow its individual eligibility criteria. The assessment of your application will continue to be based on the points. Your skills, qualification, age, health, English language ability are some of the major determinants of your application.

However, it is important to note that one of the most positively impacted category of immigrants will include the farmers and sporting clubs who would now be eligible for sponsorship from visa holders. Some of the occupations have been moved from the Short term list to the regional list.

This means that professionals like cotton farmers will now be eligible for a visa of upto 4 year and will be eligible for an extension of up to another four years. After the completion of the term, such residents can apply for permanent residency. The changes have been incorporated with an aim to improve the regional agricultural industry and economy and ensure that the local industries thrive. Two new regional visas have been introduced for the skilled workers.

Under this law, such residents will have to live and work in regional Australia for three years before they can apply for permanent residency. These skilled migrants will have access to priority processing of their application. They will also have access to greater number of job opportunities from the eligible occupation list. The only pre requisition is that these migrants will have to prove that they have lived and worked in any part of Australia for three years. These changes are expected to come into effect from November 2019.

Check if you qualify for immigration to Australia

Are you planning to migrate to Australia anytime soon? Before you proceed with your application, check what makes you eligible for immigration. Although being a skilled worker is one of the basic requirements to be eligible, this alone, isn’t enough. The other eligibility criteria include:

  • When you apply for immigration, the first time, you must be below 45 years of age.
  • One of the major conditions that you must fulfill is the English language ability test. To fulfil this, you have to undergo English proficiency tests such as IELTS, TOEFL. To be able to get the work permit, you have to qualify at least at the competent level.
  • When you apply for a skilled job, you nominate a skilled occupation. This should be in sync with your skills and qualification that you show on papers. This occupation must also be found in medium and long term strategic skill list.
  • When you apply for immigration to Australia, you must have your skills tested by Australian assessing body who will assess your nominated occupation.
  • If you are planning for immigration, it is important to be in good health. Even if everything goes well, and you fail in the health assessment, there are chances that your nomination will stand cancelled. You have to undergo a thorough health checkup under a panel doctor.
  • You will have to present a police certificate from your originating country. This will be an assurance that you don’t have a criminal record which is a must for immigration.

Get in touch with our expert Australia immigration consultant in India and know your genuine chances of migration through a quick evaluation assistance.

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