Anxiously waiting the new Skilled Occupation List? Our Solution:

Posted on April 21, 2010 by Benson Shi

The government’s plan of reforming the General Skilled Migration Program is arguably centered on the reform of the current Skilled Occupation List which will be enacted in mid-2010. At the moment, there are over 400 occupations listed under the current Skilled Occupation list.

As an Immigration Law Firm, we are keeping  close watch on anything that might indicate what occupations will be on the new Skilled Occupation List and what occupations will not be on the list. After reviewing the department’s press releases, Minister Chris Evans’ speeches to various papers published on the subject, we have come up with an educated guess:

Educated Guess on the new Skilled Occupation List

If you are wondering as to what other occupations are included on the “Specialised Occupations”, you can download Skills Australia’s paper Australia Workforces Future. As it was officially announced that Skills Australia will be the body responsible in giving the government advice on the new Skilled Occupation List, they have mentioned in the paper that the “Specialised Occupations” will be the base for the new Skilled Occupation List. It is, therefore, safe to say that this list is the best and closest prediction to the anticipated list. Below is the full list of  “Specialised Occupations”:

Therefore, should this “Specialised Occupation” be close to accurate, there will be a massive number of occupations being cut from the list. As illustrated by the following chart:

A reduction to the Skilled Occupation List will definitely alarm future applicants and International Students whose occupation is not on the new Skilled Occupation List.

So, if your occupation is, for example: Cook or Hairdresser or any other occupations not listed in the new Skilled Occupation list, what can you do?

There are other pathways to Permanent Residency to Australia. For example: State and Regional Sponsored Migration stream. The chart of selected occupations below gives you a comparison of several occupations, some indicated on the “Specialised Occupations” and some not:

This chart is not a comprehensive list of occupations. We will be publishing the full comparison list of occupations once we have the official Skilled Occupation List to be published by DIAC shortly.

Of course, there are still several other ways to gain permanent residency in Australia. If you are worried about your future migration status, please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail!

The charts are taken from Mrs. Anne O’Donoghue’s presentation on “Pathways to Permanent Residency, Employer and State Sponsorship, and the 2008-2010 changes, including the Critical Skills List and ongoing reform” at the 2010 Annual CPD Immigration Law Conference in Melbourne.