The Department of Jobs and Small Business released the Traffic Light Bulletin on 1 June 2018, flagging a number of occupations which may be altered or altogether removed from the list of occupations for skilled migration.

People looking to apply for skilled employer-sponsored, points-tested or state-nominated visas are required to nominate an occupation for which they can show relevant qualifications and work experience. The Department regularly reviews the occupation lists to reflect shortages in the labour market which cannot be filled by Australians alone.

Occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) are eligible for visas of up to two years, with the possibility to renew the visa for a further two years. The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Regional Occupation List (ROL) can apply for up to four years, with eligibility for permanent residency after three years.

We encourage those seeking to stay long-term in Australia through the skilled migration program to take note of the proposed changes. Your occupation may be affected and in turn your ability to obtain permanent residency. We’ve noted that numerous occupations particularly involved in the textile and film industry have been flagged for removal from both lists.

The Department invites industries and stakeholders to provide feedback, including that in relation to occupations which have not been flagged at all. Nevertheless, the Department says there will not be changes to other occupation that is not already mentioned in the May 2018 traffic light bulletin.

Businesses, organisations and industry groups that are facing skill shortages are encouraged to provide submissions to the Department for their consideration.

Submissions can be made by clicking here.

If this raises concerns for you, of you would generally like more information on the skilled migration program, please contact Ethos Migration to determine your best options.

Industry groups, and businesses are also welcome to contact us for assistance in preparing written submissions to the Department of Jobs and Small Business in respect to the shortages faced in your industry.

The proposed changes to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), Medium Long Term Skilled Shortage List (MLTSSL) and the Regional Occupation List (ROL) are listed below.

Red – Occupations which may be removed from STSOL and/or MLTSSL.

ANZSCO Occupation Current Status Traffic Light Red
133411 Manufacturer STSOL OFF
211499 Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals nec STSOL OFF
212312 Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) STSOL OFF
212314 Film and Video Editor STSOL OFF
212315 Program Director (Television or Radio) STSOL OFF
212316 Stage Manager STSOL OFF
212317 Technical Director STSOL OFF
212318 Video Producer STSOL OFF
241311 Middle School Teacher STSOL OFF
323215 Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic STSOL OFF
323316 Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer STSOL OFF
342411 Cabler (Data and Telecommunications) STSOL OFF
342413 Telecommunications Linesworker STSOL OFF
399211 Chemical Plant Operator STSOL OFF
399312 Library Technician STSOL OFF
411715 Residential Care Officer STSOL OFF
599612 Insurance Loss Adjuster STSOL OFF

Orange—Medium Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) Occupations for possible movement to STSOL

ANZSCO Occupation Current Status Traffic Light orange
221112 Management Accountant MLTSSL STSOL
234111 Agricultural Consultant MLTSSL STSOL
312212 Civil Engineering Technician MLTSSL STSOL

Yellow—STSOL occupations for a possible move to MLTSSL

ANZSCO Occupation Current Status Traffic Light yellow
452411 Footballer STSOL MLTSSL

Purple—Occupations for possible movement from STSOL to Regional Occupations List (ROL)

ANZSCO Occupation Current Status Traffic Light purple
252312 Dentist STSOL ROL
253211 Anaesthetist STSOL ROL
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