In a surprise announcement, the Government has introduced significant changes to the occupation lists used for skilled migration visas, including the subclass 457 visa commencing 19 April 2017.
Two new, amended skill lists have been introduced:
- Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) (to replace the Skilled Occupation List (SOL); and
- Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) (to replace the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).
Significant changes have been made to occupations eligible for temporary and permanent skilled migration.
From a subclass 457 visa perspective this includes:
- 216 occupations removed from the list of eligible occupations; and
- caveats added to 59 other occupations
These removed occupations will also affect the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186), the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190), the State and Territory Nominated stream of the subclass 489 and some applicants for the Training visa (subclass 407).
From a general skilled migration perspective, occupations on the SOL will remain on the MLTSSL for the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189), the Temporary Graduate Visa – Graduate Work Stream (subclass 485) and the Family Nominated stream of the subclass 489 Visa.
Occupation lists are already available on the Department’s website.
Impact for employers and 457 visas
Clients who lodged subclass 457 nomination and visa applications prior to the Government’s announcement for occupations no longer on the approved skilled occupation list, which have not been processed, will be given the opportunity to withdraw their applications and a refund will be provided. Nomination applications lodged after 19 April 2017 can be refused.
Existing 457 visa holders will not be affected. It is expected that 457 visa holders can apply for the Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Permanent Visa under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream under transitional arrangements.
For subclass 457 visas granted on or after 19 April 2017, the visa will be granted for a four year visa period where the primary applicant’s occupation is on the MLTSSL. For all other applicants where their occupation is not on the MLTSSL, a maximum visa period of two years will be available.
This includes primary visa applications, lodged, which are still pending a decision on 19 April 2017.
Impact for State or Family-nominated visas
If you have recently nominated someone in one of these removed occupations, and they have been sent an invitation to apply in SkillSelect, then they will be able to apply for a subclass 190 or 489 visa. If you have recently nominated someone in one of these removed occupations and they have lodged a visa application, their application will be finalised as normal. From 19 April, you will not be able to nominate and invite someone to apply for a subclass 190 or 489 visa in one of these removed occupations.
Occupations Removed from the Skill List
A list of removed occupations is available on the Department’s website. Some notable deletions on the list include:
Web Developer 261212
ICT Support and Test Engineers nec 263299
ICT Support Technicians nec 313199
Public Relations Manager 131114
Policy and Planning Manager 132411
Human Resource Adviser 223111
Workplace Relations Advisor 223113
Training and Development Professional 223311
Importer or Exporter 133311
Procurement Manager 133612
Medical Administrator (Aus) 134211
Call or Contact Centre Manager 149211
Financial Institution Branch Manager 149914
Corporate Treasurer 221212
Futures Trader 222212
Migration Agent (Aus) 224913
Sales Representative (Industrial Products) 225411 / Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products) 225412
Entertainer or Variety Artist 211113
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers nec 211199
Music Director 211212
Artistic Director 212111
Aeroplane Pilot 231111
Ship’s Engineer 231212
Ship’s Master 231213
Ship’s Officer 231214
Multimedia Designer 232413
Chemical Engineer 233111
Materials Engineer 233112
Electronics Engineer 233411
Industrial Engineer 233511
Production or Plant Engineer 233513
Petroleum Engineer 233612
Food Technologist 234212
Conservation Officer 234311
Life Scientists nec 234599
Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) 242211 99 / (Non-Trades) 242211
School Laboratory Technician 311414
Civil Engineering Technician 312212
Electronic Engineering Draftsperson 312411
Electronic Engineering Technician 312412
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson 312511
Telecommunications Network Planner 313213
Telecommunications Technician 342414
Interior Decorator 399912 176.
Technicians and Trades Workers nec 399999
Dental Hygienist 411211
Dental Prosthetist 411212
Dental Therapist 411214
Mothercraft Nurse 411412
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker 411511
Emergency Service Worker 441211
Fire Fighter 441212
Flight Attendant 451711 198.
Business Broker 612111
Retail Buyer 639211
Caveats are included ‘as a note’ in the skilled occupation for certain occupations to limit their use in the 457 visa programme.
There are three main groups of caveated occupations:
- Group A: caveats relating to minimum work experience of the visa applicant
- Group B: caveats related to regional location
- Group C: occupation specific caveats relating to the size and scope of the sponsoring business
Group A – Caveats relating to work experience
The following occupations can be nominated ONLY where the applicant has 2 years’ work experience (in addition to any relevant qualification):
- Advertising Specialist 225111
- Contract Administrator 511111
- Finance Manager 132211
- Graphic Designer 232411
- Hairdresser 391111
- ICT Project Manager 135112
- ICT Support Engineer 263212
- ICT Systems Test Engineer 263213
- Information and Organisation Professionals nec 224999
- Software Tester 261314
- University Lecturer 242111
Group B – Caveats relating to regional location
Occupations in this category include farming, agriculture and forestry positions.
Group C – Caveats for specific occupations
This caveat precludes the 457 visa from being used for semi- or low-skilled positions, or positions in businesses that the Department deems would not require a highly skilled worker based on factors such as salary of the applicant or size, revenue or activities of the business. Occupations subject to this caveat include:
- Accountants 221111 (note the skill list excludes positions of Accounts Clerk (ANZSCO 551111), Bookkeeper (ANZSCO 5512111), Cost Clerk (ANZSCO 551112) and Payroll Clerk (ANZSCO 551311))
- Animal Attendants and Trainers nec 361199
- Baker 351111
- Cafe and Restaurant Manager 141111
- Chefs 351311
- Chief Executive or Managing Director 111111
- Conference and Event Organiser 149311
- Cooks 351411
- Corporate General Manager 111211
- Corporate Services Manager 132111
- Customer Service Managers 149212 (note the instrument excludes Retail Manager 142111)
- Facilities Manager 149953
- Farmer (various)
- Hair or Beauty Salon Manager 142114
- Hotel or Motel Manager 141311 (note the instrument excludes Hotel Services Manager 431411 or a Hotel or Motel Receptionist 542113)
- Management Consultant 224711
- Marketing Specialist 225113
- Massage Therapist 411611
- Mechanical Engineering Technician
- Pastry Cook 351112
- Recruitment Consultant 223112
- Sales and Marketing Manager 131112
- Supply and Distribution Manager 133611
- Technical Sales Representatives NEC 225499
- Transport Company Manager 149413
If you have any concerns or questions about the changes, please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we aim to respond to all queries as quickly as possible.