What is the change? The Department of Employment has opened a public consultation requesting feedback from employers and other immigration stakeholders on possible changes to the skilled migration occupation lists.

What does the change mean? The Department has published a traffic light bulletin indicating the occupations under consideration for change, as well as those flagged for no change. The public comment period closes 1 December 2017, and comments will be taken into consideration before the changes are finalised.

  • Implementation timeframe: Now until 1 December.
  • Visas/permits affected: Temporary and permanent skilled migration categories, including Subclass 457, Temporary Skills Shortage visa (beginning March 2018), Employer Nomination Scheme, Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
  • Who is affected: Australian companies sponsoring skilled foreign workers.
  • Business impact: Currently, several changes to the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) are under consideration; there are no proposed changes to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
  • Next steps: Companies and individuals who may be impacted by the changes should submit comments through the online form.

Background: The proposed changes include removing four occupations from the STSOL and adding five occupations to the STSOL. The four occupations considered for possible removal are: Accommodation and Hospitality Manager, Hair or Beauty Salon Manager, Recruitment Consultant, and Building Associate. The five occupations considered for addition to the list are: University Tutor, Psychotherapist, Property Manager, Real Estate Agent, and Real Estate Representative.