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Australian Occupation List Update: STSOL, MLTSSL, & Regional Migration

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Australian Occupation List Update: STSOL, MLTSSL, & Regional Migration

Australian Occupation List Update: STSOL, MLTSSL, & Regional Migration

On 11 March 2019, the Australian skilled occupation lists were significantly updated. The changes include occupations being added or removed, as well as conditions being added. Moreover, occupations have been moved from Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), to Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), and Regional Migration.

The Changes Include

  • 30 occupations made available to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • 5 occupations added to the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
  • 6 occupations moved from STSOL in to MLTSSL
  • 27 occupations removed from the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List
  • 2 occupations added to the Regional Occupation List
  • 16 occupations moved from Regional Occupation list in to STSOL
  • 8 occupations moved from Regional Migration in to MLTSSL
  • 3 occupations with added conditions

University Lecturer

Many of the occupation list updates will have a positive effect on the Australian work force. For example, University Lecturer has been left off the MLTSSL list for some time now. This created a number of massive hurdles and challenges for Australian universities to fill positions with highly skilled employees. Prior to these changes, a university would have needed to hire a lecturer through the employer sponsored pathway. While the employer sponsored pathway is a viable option, it is not an efficient option as the employer sponsored pathway requires the university to commit to Permanent Residency. The permanent residency option for the RSMS 187 and ENS 186 requires the employer to offer a minimum of 2 years full-time employment. With processing times being 1-2 years, this means that university would have to accommodate to a 3-4-year commitment. This becomes an issue for many universities’ due factors such as, grant funding for research, enrolment, and course selection. These factors impair the universities ability to confidently look 4 years into the future. Furthermore, these changes will give universities and migrants more opportunities as these changes will allow for high-performing graduates a pathway to enter academia and become a part of the university faculty.

Bio-Science & Research

Another major addition is the return of the Bio-science and research professionals to the MLTSSL occupation list. The addition of Bio-Science and research professionals is welcomed because this type of occupation is very niche, which makes it exceptionally difficult to find qualified applicants to fill the skilled positions. The occupations added to the MLTSSL include:

  • Environmental Consultant (ANZSCO code 234312)
  • Environmental Research Scientist (ANZSCO code 234313)
  • Environmental Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234399)
  • Life Scientist (General) (ANZSCO code 234511)
  • Biochemist (ANZSCO code 234513)
  • Biotechnologist (ANZSCO code 234514)
  • Botanist (ANZSCO code 234515)
  • Marine Biologist (ANZSCO code 234516)
  • Microbiologist (ANZSCO code 234517)
  • Zoologist (ANZSCO code 234518)
  • Life Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234599)

Throughout the programme year, immigration agents as well as the Federal Government have heard an outcry from regional businesses that are unable to fill skilled positions. In 2018, regional businesses lobbied and raised concerns for more regional migration while bigger cities faced some negative effects of population growth. In return, the Department of Home Affairs implemented some new policies and enacted some new visas. The changes to the occupation list reflect the Federal Governments consistency in improving not only Australian immigration, but also Regional migration.

Overview Of Changes

On March 11, the Department of Home Affairs released the list of changes. This is our summary. We believe the 5 most common visas these changes will affect include:

*For the 190 and 489 visa applicants will need to be nominated by a state or territory.

Our Top 16 MLTSSL Occupations Added
(Applicable Instrument LIN 19/048)
  1. University Lecturer (ANZSCO code 242111)
  2. Engineering Professionals nec (ANZSCO code 233999)
  3. Pressure welder (ANZSCO code 322312)
  4. Life Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234599)
  5. Statistician (ANZSCO code 224113)
  1. Environmental Consultant (ANZSCO code 234312)
  2. Environmental Research Scientist (ANZSCO code 234313)
  3. Environmental Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234399)
  4. Life Scientist (General) (ANZSCO code 234511)
  5. Biochemist (ANZSCO code 234513)
  6. Biotechnologist (ANZSCO code 234514)
  7. Botanist (ANZSCO code 234515)
  8. Marine Biologist (ANZSCO code 234516)
  9. Microbiologist (ANZSCO code 234517)
  10. Zoologist (ANZSCO code 234518)
  11. Life Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234599)
6 Occupations Moved From STSOL In To MLTSSL
(Applicable Instruments - LIN 19/047; LIN 19/048; LIN 19/049; LIN 19/050)
  1. arts administrator or manager (ANZSCO code 139911)
  2. dancer or choreographer (ANZSCO code 211112)
  3. music director (ANZSCO code 211212)
  4. artistic director (ANZSCO code 212111)
  5. tennis coach (ANZSCO code 452316)
  6. footballer (ANZSCO code 452411)
Our Top 12 Occupations Removed From The STSOL
(Applicable Instrument LIN 19/050)
  1. Cotton Grower (ANZSCO code 121211)
  2. Fruit or Nut Grower (ANZSCO code 121213)
  3. Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (ANZSCO code 121214)
  4. Mixed Crop Farmer (ANZSCO code 121216)
  5. Sugar Cane Grower (ANZSCO code 121217)
  6. Crop Farmers nec (ANZSCO code 121299)
  7. Beef Cattle Farmer (ANZSCO code 121312)
  8. Dairy Cattle Farmer (ANZSCO code 121313)
  9. Mixed Livestock Farmer (ANZSCO code 121317)
  10. Pig Farmer (ANZSCO code 121318)
  11. Sheep Farmer (ANZSCO code 121322)
  12. Livestock Farmers nec (ANZSCO code 121399)
2 Occupations Added to the Regional Occupation List
(Applicable Instrument LIN 19/048)
  1. deer farmer (ANZSCO code 121314)
  2. goat farmer (ANZSCO code 121315)
16 Occupations Moved From Regional Occupation list in to STSOL
(Applicable Instruments: LIN 19/048)
  1. aquaculture farmer (ANZSCO code 121111)
  2. cotton grower (ANZSCO code 121211)
  3. fruit or nut grower (ANZSCO code 121213)
  4. grain, oilseed or pasture grower (Aus) / field crop grower (NZ) (ANZSCO code 121214)
  5. mixed crop farmer (ANZSCO code 121216)
  6. sugar cane grower (ANZSCO code 121217)
  7. crop farmers (nec) (ANZSCO code 121299)
  8. beef cattle farmer (ANZSCO code 121312)
  9. dairy cattle farmer (ANZSCO code 121313)
  10. mixed livestock farmer (ANZSCO code 121317)
  11. pig farmer (ANZSCO code 121318)
  12. sheep farmer (ANZSCO code 121322)
  13. livestock farmers (nec) (ANZSCO code 121399)
  14. mixed crop and livestock farmer (ANZSCO code 121411)
  15. dentist (ANZSCO code 252312)
  16. anaesthetist (ANZSCO code 253211)
8 Occupations Moved From Regional Migration in to MLTSSL
(Applicable Instruments: LIN 19/047; LIN 19/049)
  1. arts administrator or manager (ANZSCO code 139911)
  2. dancer or choreographer (ANZSCO code 211112)
  3. music director (ANZSCO code 211212)
  4. artistic director (ANZSCO code 212111)
  5. tennis coach (ANZSCO code 452316)
  6. footballer (ANZSCO code 452411)
  7. telecommunications network planner (ANZSCO code 313213)
  8. pressure welder (ANZSCO code 322312)

Conditions Added/Changed

Applicable Instruments: LIN 19/047 (SC 187); LIN 19/048 (SC 482); LIN 19/049 (SC 186)  

The Department of Home Affairs released this statement regarding the conditions added to the below occupations,

“New requirements for employers sponsoring overseas doctors to work in Australia will commence on 11 March 2019. When employers lodge employer nomination applications for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa, Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visas or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa for an overseas trained doctor (OTD) in any of the occupations listed below, they must ensure the application includes a Health Workforce Certificate issued by a Rural Workforce Agency.”

The following medical practitioner occupations now require a Health Workforce Certificate for the position and occupation to be presented with the nomination application

3 Occupations With Added Conditions

Applicable Instruments: LIN 19/047 (SC 187); LIN 19/048 (SC 482); LIN 19/049 (SC 186)  

  1. general practitioner (ANZSCO code 253111)
  2. medical practitioners (nec) (ANZSCO code 253999)
  3. resident medical officer (ANZSCO code 253112)

Condition 25

  • imposes a minimum salary of $120,000 pa for footballers
  • replaces Condition 23 for ship's masters and gas or petroleum operators 

Condition 26 

  • replaces Conditions 23 for recruitment consultants on the STSOL and reduces the annual salary required to $80,000

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