Skilled Migration positioned to boost Australia’s COVID recovery

The occupations on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) have further expanded in a hope to combat the skills shortages bought on by COVID.

Alex Hawke MP, The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs has again today announced the inclusion of a range of skilled occupations on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). 

The PMSOL, first announced in September 2020, is developed in conjunction with the National Skills Commission to ensure a number of critical occupations are filled to continue to create Australian jobs and aid in Australia’s ongoing recovery from the impact of COVID-19. 

The addition of 22 new occupations aligned to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZCO), almost doubles the PMSOL list bring the total to 41.

In shaping the list, the Government had engaged with small, medium and large Australian employers, business leaders, and industry bodies across the economy.

Mr Hawke went on to acknowledge that the ‘Government had received valuable feedback from Australian business stakeholders on critical skill vacancies, which has been considered together with data from the National Skills Commission, in order to develop the update to the Priority Migration Skilled Migration List’.

This move reiterates the importance of skilled migration in supporting Australian businesses, as the engine room of our nation’s economy. 

The 22 new occupations are (including Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZCO) codes): 

  • Accountant (General) (221111)
  • Accountant (Taxation) (221113)
  • Accountant (Management) (221112)
  • External Auditor (221213)
  • Internal Auditor (221214)
  • Electrical Engineer (233311)
  • Civil Engineer (233211)
  • Structural Engineer (233214)
  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
  • Transport Engineer (233215)
  • Mining Engineer (233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (233612)
  • Surveyor (232212)
  • Cartographer (232213)
  • Other Spatial Scientist (232214)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
  • Orthotist / Prosthetist (251912)
  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)
  • Software and Applications Programmers (261399)
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)
  • Chef (351311) 

Furthermore, the existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active, and visas will continue to be processed, however priority will be given to those in occupations on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).

Visa holders, who have been sponsored by an Australia business in a Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) occupation will still be subject to quarantine arrangements at their own expense. 

For the full PMSOL list please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Travel exemptions must still be obtained to before travelling to Australia whilst boarder restrictions remain in place. For more information on the current state of travel exemptions click here.

Source: Department of Home Affairs Media Release

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