Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List – Update September 2020

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Officially released on September 2nd and supplementing its existing migration occupation lists, the Australian government has provided a priority list of 17 specific occupations (PMSOL) which it considers essential, in order to fill urgent needs in critical sectors, required to assist in the creation of Australian jobs and the rebuilding of the nation’s economy.

The occupations were identified after careful analysis of evolving conditions and are focused primarily within the health care, construction and IT sectors. Visa holders who have been sponsored by an Australian business in a PMSOL occupation may request exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions although they will still be subject to the mandatory 14 days of self-funded quarantine.

The release is as follows:

THE HON ALAN TUDGE MP

MINISTER FOR POPULATION, CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
ACTING MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP, MIGRANT SERVICES AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

SENATOR THE HON MICHAELIA CASH

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS, SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

02 September 2020

Supporting Australian business to fill critical skills needs

A new priority skills list and strengthened labour market testing will allow small numbers of sponsored skilled workers to return to Australia to fill urgent skills needs in critical sectors, helping to create Australian jobs and rebuild Australia’s economy.
The 17 occupations on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) were based on advice from the National Skills Commission and consultation with relevant Commonwealth agencies and will be reviewed regularly.
Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said the changes would strike the right balance for Australia’s economic recovery.
“Our priority is getting Australians back into work but we also need key health workers to help fight the virus and skilled migrants who are going to be job multipliers, to help the economy recover,” Mr Tudge said, “These occupations in the health care, construction and IT sectors will supercharge both our health and economic response to COVID-19.
“Visa holders, who have been sponsored by an Australia business in a PMSOL occupation can request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions, but will be subject to a strict, 14 days quarantine on arrival at their own expense.”
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the PMSOL would be complemented by strengthened labour market testing requirements.
“In addition to the current requirements of two national advertisements, employers must also advertise their vacancy on the Government’s jobactive website,” Minister Cash said.
“JobKeeper is keeping many Australians in work and our $1 billion JobTrainer fund will create 340,700 new training places, but some sectors still need more skilled workers now.
“The occupations were chosen after careful analysis of recent changes to the internet vacancy index, changes in employment, and longer-term stability in the labour market for individual occupations.”
“As COVID-19 continues to play out both at home and abroad, we will closely monitor labour market trends and respond to any changes in our skills needs.”
Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed, but priority will be given to those in occupations on the PMSOL.
The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253112)
  • Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurse nec (254499)
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)

Information about Australia’s travel exemption processes for those in critical skills and sectors is available at: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/critical-skills-and-sectors.

What does this mean for those in prioritised occupations?

Whilst current migration occupation lists will continue to remain active and visas will be granted as places become available, a clear and understandable advantage has now been established for those occupations on the priority list.

We can provide advice and assistance

Immigration law is complex and constantly evolving. Outcomes can never be guaranteed but comprehensive understanding, professional preparation and stringent due diligence undoubtedly optimise opportunities for positive outcomes.

For more information on this or on any relating issues, contact the migration experts – Sellanes Clark and Associates – specialising in all immigration matters.

 

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