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1 July 2014: Changes to Australia’s Occupations List And Skills Assessments

Update on Occupations List

Fortunately, no occupations have been removed from SOL and CSOL. However, new occupations have been added.

Skilled Occupations List (SOL)

The Skilled Occupation List identifies occupations which do not need sponsorship by a state or territory government agency for the applicant to qualify for migration to Australia.

From 1st July, the following occupations will be included in the Skilled Occupations List:

  • Chef
  • Bricklayer
  • Wall and Floor Tiler

The list is also applicable for visa applicants under the Graduate Work stream.

Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)

The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List identifies occupations that must have sponsorship from a nominated state or territory government agency under a State Migration Plan for the applicant to make an application.

The following occupations have also been added to the CSOL:

  • Hydrogeologist
  • Exercise Physiologist
Changes to Occupation Titles

The following titles will be changed:

  • Marine Surveyor (old title: Ship’s Surveyor)
  • General Practitioner (old title: General Medical Practitioner)
Changes to Assessing Authorities

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) will be assessing the following occupations from 1st July 2014:

  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Researcher

In addition, Marine Transport Professional will be assessed by Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services (VETASSESS).

Skills Assessments Will Be Valid for 3 Years

From 1 July 2014, Skills Assessments will now be valid for a maximum of 3 years for the following visa types:

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189
  • Skilled Nominated Subclass 190
  • Skilled Regional Sponsored Subclass 489
  • Graduate Temporary Subclass 485
  • Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 (Direct Entry Stream)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Subclass 187 (Direct Entry Stream)

In summary, all Australian migration skills assessments over three years old will expire on 1 July 2014. However, if the skills assessment specifies that expires sooner than 3 years, the shorter validity period would apply. This change in validity period of skills assessment will become parallel with the validity period for English Language tests which is 3 years.

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