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Skilled Occupation List SOL changes 2016 2017


At the beginning of July 2016 the Australia federal government will announce the changes on its new uploaded Skilled Occupations List (SOL). This SOL changes will be for the period of 2016-2017 and will take effect on 1 July 2016.

If you were wondering where the government gets their information, it comes from the Department of Education, who then passes it to the minister for immigration.

The Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) has not been changed. The Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa, Temporary Work Skilled (subclass 457) visa, and the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) visa will not be affected.

The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) is used for Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa, Skilled Regional Provisional (subclass 489) visa, and the Graduate Temporary (subclass 485) visa.

When the SOL was updated for 2016-2017 a total of 115 submissions were made by different industries, employees, trade and professional representatives, and other stakeholders were received and were used to review for the new SOL.

Here is a list of SOL changes with specific occupations that are currently being sought after and in demand to be filled by professionals in their field of expertise:

  • Accountants
  • Aged-Care Workers
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Nurses
  • ICT Business Analysts
  • System Analysts
  • Multimedia Specialists
  • Web Developers
  • Programmer
  • Developer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software and Application Programmer
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • System Administrator
  • Farm Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Social Workers
  • Surveyor

List of Declining Occupation

Here is a SOL changes of occupations that are being met locally or currently declining:

  • Teachers (Primary)
  • Environment Health Officers
  • Anesthetists
  • Dentists
  • Dieticians
  • General Practitioners
  • Intensive Care Doctors
  • Obstetricians
  • Gynecologists
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Radiographers
  • Ship Engineers
  • Veterinarians

In the end, there have been several occupations removed and added to the new SOL.

List of Removed Occupation

These are the 9 occupations removed from the SOL for 1 July 2016:

  • Mining Engineers (ANZSCO 233611)
  • Petroleum Engineers (ANZSCO 233612)
  • Metallurgist (ANZSCO 234912)
  • Environmental Health Officer (ANZSCO 251311)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Advisor (ANZSCO 251312)
  • Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO 411211)
  • Dental Prosthetist (ANZSCO 411212)
  • Dental Technician (ANZSCO 411213)
  • Dental Therapist (ANZSCO 411214)

List of Added Occupation

There will only be 2 occupations added to the SOL for the 2016-2017 year. Which include:

  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912)
  • Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711)

If your occupation is going to be removed with the new SOL, you should lodge your application prior to 1 July 2016. Any application lodged before 1 July 2016 will not be affected by the changes.

If you need assistance with lodging your skilled visa application before the new list take effect, please contact our Perth office.

Still got question about this SOL changes?

ONE derland Consulting has extensive experience dealing with different type of visas and complex cases, to find further information on your options  and eligibility for SKILLED VISAS AND GRADUATE VISA, please contact our office on (+61) 089477-5831 or email: [email protected]

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