| By Leila Reypour |
This article is based on the flagged occupations for removal from the SOL for 2016-17 published by the Department of Education and Training.
The SOL is revised every year and a new list is published and comes into effect on the 1st of July every year based on certain criteria e.g., demand and supply or the amount of training needed etc., and flags certain occupations for future removal. Today was the last day for submitting feedback to the Minister for Immigration for consideration in March. The final list will take affect from 1st July next year.
The current list includes 183 occupations and is used to determine the eligibility for Australia’s permanent skilled migration scheme. There is another list which is longer, called the Consolidated Skilled Occupation list, which is for temporary work visas under 457 visa scheme.
Right now, the following occupations have been shortlisted for potential removal from Skilled occupation list.
- Production Manager (Mining)
- Accountant (General)
- Management Accountant
- Taxation Accountant
- Land Economist
- Ship’s Engineer
- Ship’s Master
- Ship’s Officer
- Other Spatial Scientist
- Chemical Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Geotechnical Engineer
- Quantity Surveyor
- Structural Engineer
- Transport Engineer
- Electronics Engineer
- Industrial Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Production or Plant Engineer
- Aeronautical Engineer
- Agricultural Engineer
- Biomedical Engineer
- Engineering Technologist
- Environmental Engineer
- Naval Architect
- Medical Laboratory Scientist
- Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
- Medical Radiation Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech Pathologist
- General Practitioner
- Intensive Care Specialist
- Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
- Medical Practitioners (nec)
- Psychologists (nec)
- Boat Builder and Repairer
* Indicates that the occupation excludes positions in fast food or takeaway food service.
What visas will be effected?
The impact if an occupation is removed from the SOL is that you will be no longer eligible to apply for the following visas:
- Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa
- Graduate Work Stream of the Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visa
A couple of important things to note about the potential change to the SOL:
- Just because an occupation is flagged does not mean it will be removed
- Most of the occupations were also flagged for 2015-16, and were not removed
- If the SOL is changed, this is likely to be from 1 July 2017
What should you do to minimise the impact?
If your occupation is on the flagged list, you are advised to apply for the above mentioned visas as soon as possible.
For skilled independent visas, this would require a skills assessment - for some occupations this can take several months, so you may wish to start work on this without delay.
At this stage, it is not yet clear when changes to the SOL or CSOL will come into effect or which occupations will be removed.
There is no need for panic, but if you are currently eligible for skilled independent (189), 457 and ENS (186) visa, you should look at proceeding as soon as possible to minimise your chances of being affected by any future change.