New Occupation List for Australia Immigration Program 2019

New Occupation List for Australia Immigration Program 2019

In a revision of the occupation lists on March 11, 2019, the Department of Home Affairs
[DHA] brought back into its list some occupations that had been earlier removed from the
lists of eligible occupations, while some occupations were shuffled from the STSOL to the
36 new occupations have been added to the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List
MLTSSL as below:
 Artistic Director
 Arts Administrator or Manager
 Biochemist
 Biotechnologist
 Botanist
 Chemist
 Conservator
 Dancer or Choreographer
 Economist
 Engineering Professionals NEC
 Environmental Consultant
 Environmental Manager
 Environmental Research Scientist
 Environmental Scientists NEC
 Food Technologist
 Footballer
 Geophysicist
 Horse Trainer
 Hydrogeologist
 Life Scientist (General)
 Life Scientists NEC
 Marine Biologist
 Metallurgist
 Meteorologist
 Microbiologist
 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
 Multimedia Specialist
 Music Director
 Musician (Instrumental)
 Natural and Physical Science Professionals NEC
 Petroleum Engineer
 Software and Applications Programmers NEC
 Statistician
 Tennis Coach
 University Lecturer

 Zoologist
The inclusion of the above occupations in the MLTSSL implies that these occupations will
now also be available for subclass 189 [Skilled-Independent] and Australian elative
sponsorship can be availed of for these occupations.
27 occupations have been displaced from the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List [STSOL]
and included in the Regional Occupation List [ROL]. This essentially means that the
documents moved from the STSOL to the ROL will now be available for 489 [State
Sponsored] visa only.
For a consultation on how your occupation is affected owing to the shuffling additions and
some removals from the list of eligible occupations, please email us on or call on 78498 78498.

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Australia – invites you to make it your home

In his statements at the Business Council of Australia on 7 Aug 2018 the Minister for
Citizenship and Multi cultural Affairs, Hon Alan Tudge shared his views on Australia’s
skilled migration program.

It was emphatically stated that Australia is built on migrants and the quest to seek the
brightest from the world over remains vital to Australia. Some of the strategies and
key reasons highlighted in his speech on why Australia needs skilled migrants were
as follows:


-Skilled Migration brings in a talent pool and innovation from overseas.
-Skilled Migration leads to economic and population growth which is currently at about 70%.
-The GDP per capita grows with migrants coming into Australia
-Skilled Migrants contribute to the tax considerations, about 80% higher than the Australians
-Younger migrants bring more value to Australia in terms of tax paying, thus the upper age limit was lowered from
49 to 45 om July 1, 2018.
-While Skilled Migrants are extremely important to the development and economy, policies have been amended to
ensure that migrants contribute when they first arrive and not go onto welfare. Extending the waiting period to
access welfare benefits from two years to four years. Perhaps, an undertone to this also reflects in more occupations
becoming eligible for 489 sponsorship.
-Regional migration set for a clear boost to fill the labor gaps in order to optimize the services and curb inflation.
-Skilled Migration to be evenly distributed throughout Australia and removing pressure from the overpopulated
Sydney and Melbourne with a mere 13% of the 111,000 skilled migrants arriving in the year, settling outside these
two major cities.
-South Australia, presumably, to continue as a state absorbing skilled migrants with an additional 15,000 skilled
migrants required every year.

A strong message about the quality skilled migrants being welcomed to Australia was sent by the Minister in
his parting remarks, “Australia has been built on migration. Successive waves of migrants have come to our
shores, help build our economy and made Australia the greatest multicultural nation on earth.”


Speech synopsis by Diamond Sodhi, Source: Department of Home affairs, Australia