Victoria Drops 5 Occupations from Visa Nominations List

It was only last week when Western Australia announced the removal of 160 (!) of the items on their Skilled Occupations list, bringing their inventory of in-demand occupations for migrant workers down to a scant 18 and citing a “West Australians first” policy” as their rationale.


Now, it seems that Southern Australia will follow suit, with Victoria removing five (5) occupations from their Visa Nomination Occupations List.


On 30 June 2017, the Australian Government released a new Skilled Occupations List for 2017-1018. This coincided with other key migration changes, such as the new maximum age requirement for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and the Skilled Regional visa (subclass 489). (As of 1 July 2017, applicants for either visa must apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection before their 45th birthday to qualify).  

Filipino workers

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Several occupations were also rendered ineligible for both the Skilled Nominated and the Skilled Regional visa, and the federal state of Victoria complied by dropping the following occupations from their visa nomination list:

  1. Chemist

  2. Mining Engineer (excluding petroleum).

  3. Physicist.

  4. Software and Applications Programmers nec.

  5. Statistician.


As of now, the occupations that have remained on the list are:

  1. Building Associate.

  2. Civil Engineer.

  3. Civil Engineering Draftsperson.

  4. Electrical Engineer.

  5. Electrical Engineering Draftsperson.

  6. Mechanical Engineer.

  7. Mathematician.

  8. Agricultural Consultant.

  9. Agricultural Scientist.

  10. Engineering Technologist.

  11. Veterinarian.

  12. Human Resource Manager.

  13. Chef.

  14. Hotel or Motel Manager.

  15. Health Information Manager.

  16. Midwife.

  17. Nurse Practitioner.

  18. Registered Nurse (Aged Care).

  19. Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health).

  20. Registered Nurse (Community Health).

  21. Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency).

  22. Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability).

  23. Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation).

  24. Registered Nurse (Medical).

  25. Registered Nurse (Medical Practice).

  26. Registered Nurse (Mental Health).

  27. Registered Nurse (Perioperative).

  28. Registered Nurse (Surgical).

  29. Registered Nurses nec.

  30. Clinical Psychologist.

  31. Dietitian.

  32. Occupational Therapist.

  33. Physiotherapist.

  34. Podiatrist.

  35. Social Worker.

  36. Sonographer.

  37. Speech Pathologist.

  38. Physicist (Medical only).

  39. Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

  40. Early Childhood Teacher.

  41. Childcare Centre Manager.

  42. Primary School Teacher.

  43. Secondary School Teacher.

  44. Interpreter.

  45. Air conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber.

  46. Cabinetmaker.

  47. Drainer.

  48. Gasfitter.

  49. Roof plumber.

  50. Metal Fabricator.

  51. Sheetmetal Trades Worker.

  52. Welder (First Class).

  53. Metal Machinist (First Class).

  54. Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic.

  55. Electronic Equipment Trades Worker.

  56. Telecommunications Lines Worker.

  57. Baker.

  58. Cook.

  59. Pastry Cook.


It should also be noted that Victoria’s Skilled and Business Migration Program will reopen applications for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations starting 1 July 2017.

Serena Estrella

Serena joined Remit back in 2016, and has tormented its Marketing Head constantly ever since. To get through the rigors of writing about grave concerns like exchange rates, citizenship requirements, and PH-AU news, she likes to blast Mozart, Vivaldi, ONE OK ROCK, and Shigeru Umebayashi in the background. She does a mean Merida voice in her spare time too.

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