IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Australia has adjusted its Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL), used for a number of employer-sponsored and State/Territory nominated visas. Officials also updated the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for independent or family-sponsored skilled visa applicants.
What does the change mean? Among the occupations that were moved from the SOL to the CSOL are Mining Engineers, Metallurgists, Environmental Health Officers, Occupational Health and Safety Advisers, Dental Hygienists, Dental Prosthetists, Dental Technicians and Dental Therapists. Orthotists or Prosthetists and Audiologists were added to the SOL.
Background: The CSOL provides a list of occupations that can be filled by employer-sponsored visa applicants, while the SOL provides a list of jobs available to skilled migrants who are applying for visas independent of sponsorship from a company or State/Territory Government. The lists are adjusted annually to reflect changing demands in the Australian labour market. The changes to the CSOL and SOL were made through a legislative instrument earlier this week and are set to take effect 1 July.
BAL Analysis: From 1 July 2016, Orthotists or Prosthetists and Audiologists may seek to migrate to Australia independent of employer sponsorship or nomination by a State/Territory Government. Yearly quotas for each of the occupations on the SOL will become available at a later date. Individuals seeking to apply for an independent or family-sponsored points-tested visa, and who are affected by their nominated occupation moving from the SOL to the CSOL, will either need to be invited to apply before 1 July 2016, or consider options that may be available to them through employer-sponsored visa subclasses or by way of a State/Territory nomination.
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