July Changes to the Skilled Occupation Lists

The Skilled Occupation Lists released by the Department of Home Affairs are of critical importance to the range of Skilled visas and Employer Sponsored visas available to visa applicants. These lists are comprised of the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skilled List (MLTSSL), the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), and the Regional Occupation List (ROL).

These lists change routinely every 6 months, with the most recent changes in July 2018.

The changes to the MLTSSL, STSOL and ROL are made in consultation with the Department of Jobs and Small Business and are intended to reflect the changing needs in Australia’s economy.

In anticipation of the upcoming July 2018 changes, the Department of Jobs and Small Business has released a ‘Traffic Light Bulletin’ to indicate the occupations that have been flagged for movement on the Skilled Occupation Lists. Whilst these are not the final lists for July 2018, they provide insight into the potential changes to be made.

A range of occupations are due for removal from the lists, which would mean that applicants in those occupations would either no longer be eligible for a Skilled visa, or their options would be restricted due to the changing lists. The occupations flagged for removal include those in the creative industries, such as Director, Film and Video Editor and Stage Manager, as well as other occupations such as Manufacturer and Middle School Teacher.

A copy of the complete Traffic Light Bulletin can be found here:

If you are intending to apply for a Skilled visa or an Employer Sponsored visa, Rostron Carlyle Rojas Lawyers provides comprehensive and current advice on the visa options available to you.

Anna Gunning-Stevenson, Rostron Carlyle Rojas Lawyers

Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent, MARN 1797244

Contact us for a consultation today:

Peter Kuek-Kong Lee, Special Counsel and Registered Migration Agent MARN 0427478

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Anna Gunning-Stevenson, Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent MARN 1797244

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(07) 3009 8444

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