In November, the Government announced that it intended to raise the minimum skill level for jobs under tier 2 from National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 3 to graduate level. In December the Government asked the Migration Advisory Comittee to advise on graduate level occupations and revisions to the current shortage occupation lists.

The Committee was asked to use NQF level 4 and above as the benchmark for graduate level occupations. The Committee's report detailing recommended graduate level occupations was published on 7 February 2011. A further report addressing revisions to the shortage occupation list will be submitted to the Government during February and published shortly afterwards.