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Changes to the Skilled Occupation List -Visa’s 189, 489, 485 that you need to know!

Are you planning on skilled migration to Australia? The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have released the new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for 2016-2017 which came into effect as of July 1st, 2016.
When migrating to Australia the Skilled Occupations List is used to determine the following visa applications:

Visa: 189 – Skilled Independent Visa
Visa: 489 – Skilled Regional Provisional Visa
Visa: 485 – Graduate Temporary Visa

If you are looking to apply for an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa or a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Graduate Work Stream visa, then ensuring your occupation is listed amongst the Skilled Occupation List is the first step to securing a new and prosperous future in Australia. At Glorious Immigration we can guide you through the process of skilled migration to Australia with expertise.

In order to streamline the application process, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection have also expanded the occupations list to help boost innovation and productivity and create opportunities for skilled migrants in areas that may be experiencing a skills shortage. They have also removed occupational sectors in line with labour market needs. The occupations that have been added include:

• Orthotist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912)

• Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711)

Occupations that have been removed from the SOL 2016-2017 are:work-visa

• Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO 233611)

• Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO 233612)

• Metallurgist (ANZSCO 234912)

• Environmental Health Officer (ANZSCO 251311)

• Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO 251312)

• Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO 411211)

• Dental Prosthetist (ANZSCO 411212)

• Dental Technician (ANZSCO 411213)

• Dental Therapist (ANZSCO 411214)

The review of the SOL has not impacted the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) and the full listing of occupations on the 2016-2017 SOL can be found here at In recognising skills gaps and the benefits associated with outsourcing skilled migrants, this process can alleviate recruitment difficulties and make a very real and valid contribution to the economic growth of Australia. So from Nurses and Engineers to Accountants and IT specialists, Australia needs you, make your enquiry today!

So what does the process entail, how does the Department of Immigration and Border Protection assess the suitability of occupations for inclusion, let us tell you how – they:

  • Identify occupations that are most susceptible to supply constraints and/or most likely to warrant government assistance in addressing these constraints.
  • Assess the medium to long-term skill needs of the economy for each occupation identified in step one, to determine if the occupation would benefit from independent skilled migration.

If as a skilled migrant you have lodged an application in the skilled categories previous to July 1st, 2016, your application is not affected by these changes. All applicants will need to undertake a skills assessment as part of their visa application and this must be performed under the guidance of a registered migration agent such as the team at Glorious Immigration. We will also provide post-study counselling and consultation and information relating to the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream visa. At Glorious Immigration we will furnish all the necessary application forms and information necessary regarding your assessment and ultimately your application.

The composition of the SOL is subject to annual review.


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