June 4 2013
The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced that a new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will apply from 1 July 2013 with 5 occupations to be removed.
The updated SOL is based on expert advice from the independent body, the Australian Workforce Productivity Agency (previously known as Skills Australia). The updated SOL for 2013 comprises 187 high value occupations in Australia, with 5 following occupations to be removed:
- Hospital Pharmacist (ANZSCO 251511)
- Retail Pharmacist (ANZSCO 251513)
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) (ANZSCO 323111)
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) (ANZSCO 323112)
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures) (ANZSCO 323113)
The updated SOL will be effective on 1 July 2013. It will apply to all new independent (unsponsored) and family sponsored skilled visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2013 unless they are from applicants eligible for transitional arrangements.
The SOL determines which occupations are eligible for independent and family sponsored skilled migration. The SOL is reviewed by the Australian Workforce Productivity Agency on an annual basis in order to ensure that it meets the needs of the Australian labour market. The SOL will continue to deliver a skilled migration program that is focused on high value skills and responsive to future economic conditions and skill needs.