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The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke MP, has this week announced the inclusion of 22 new skilled occupations to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). The addition of 22 occupations brings the PMSOL to 41 in total. More Skilled Workers Now Eligible for Fast-Tracked Visas in Australia

Some of the industries that benefited from the changes are Resources, Hospitality, IT, Medical, and Professional Services. As a result, skilled migrants in the PMSOL list of occupations can be sponsored by an employer to work in Australia with access to a fast-tracked Visa and Inbound Travel Exemption.

However, visa holders sponsored by Australian PMSOL employers will have to go through existing quarantine requirements. They will have to pay for their quarantine arrangements.

An Overview

The PMSOL, first announced in September 2020, was developed in collaboration with the National Skills Commission to fill some of the critical job vacancies and aid in Australia’s ongoing recovery plans from the Covid 19 impact. 

Minister Hawke said that the Government brought these changes after having discussions with various Australian employers, business leaders, and industry bodies. He also said that the new update to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List was derived with the help of valuable feedback from the Australian business community and the data available from the National Skills Commission.

The New Changes to PMSOL

The 22 newly incorporated occupations are:

  1. Accountant (General) (221111)
  2. Accountant (Taxation) (221113)
  3. Accountant (Management) (221112)
  4. External Auditor (221213)
  5. Internal Auditor (221214
  6. Electrical Engineer (233311)
  7. Civil Engineer (233211)
  8. Structural Engineer (233214)
  9. Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
  10. Transport Engineer (233215)
  11. Mining Engineer (233611)
  12. Petroleum Engineer (233612)
  13. Surveyor (232212)
  14. Cartographer (232213)
  15. Other Spatial Scientist (232214)
  16. Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
  17. Orthotist / Prosthetist (251912)
  18. Multimedia Specialist (261211)
  19. Analyst Programmer (261311)
  20. Software and Applications Programmers (261399)
  21. ICT Security Specialist (262112)
  22. Chef (351311)

Earlier, the PMSOL list had only 19 occupations. After the addition of 22 occupations, the list has grown to 41. All other skilled occupation lists will remain active, but the PMSOL occupations will take priority. 

The following is the old PMSOL list:

  1. Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  2. Construction Project Manager (133111)
  3. Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  4. Veterinarian (234711)
  5. General Practitioner (253111)
  6. Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  7. Psychiatrist (253411)
  8. Medical Practitioners nec (253999)
  9. Midwife (254111)
  10. Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  11. Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  12. Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  13. Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  14. Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  15. Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  16. Developer Programmer (261312)
  17. Software Engineer (261313)
  18. Social Worker (272511)
  19. Maintenance Planner (312911)

What Lies Ahead?

The PMSOL list is not the final, the priority occupations may change as Australia recovers from the pandemic, and the Government and the National Skills Commission will continuously keep track of the influence of Covid -19 on the Australian labor market and find out the emerging needs in the skills market as the situation evolves and more and more data sources are available for analysis.

The Morrison Government has pledged its continuous support to its Australian businesses, including through skilled migration, as the engine room of their nation’s economy.” More Skilled Workers Now Eligible for Fast-Tracked Visas in Australia

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