New Occupations Added to Skilled Occupation List

  Great news! New occupations have been added to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Having taken effect on July 1, the newly revised SOL now includes panelbeaters and cabinet makers. The addition is meant to address the observed “gap between the skills of Australians and the work that needs to be done”.   Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Senator Michaelia Cash said, “Cabinet makers and panelbeaters make a valuable contribution to the Australian economy. Migrants with these skills will enhance the size and skill of the Australian workforce.”   “Skilled migrants complement locally trained and skilled workers, help to create new jobs and contribute to the communities in which they live and work. The Government’s $6 billion annual investment in vocational education and training is also supporting our training system to offer a pipeline of local talent to help address skills shortages,” stated Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham.   The SOL applies to independent points-based skilled migration, Family Sponsored visa applications and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa applicants in the Graduate Work stream. To limit the number of migrants under each occupation, occupational ceilings are set for each occupation on the SOL.   The SOL update was based on the findings of a review by the Department of Industry and Science on Australia’s labour market, education and migration data. The review also took submissions by unions, industry, trade and professional organisations into consideration.   Meanwhile, several occupations were removed from the SOL. The list will no longer include dentists, dental specialists, urban planners and regional planners.   The new SOL has been applied to all applications made since July 1, 2015.       Reference: Image courtesy of “FrameAngel” at

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