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Summary of 17 January 2018 changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations
This page summarises changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations for Australia’s skilled visa programs that will come in to effect on 17 January 2018. This includes occupations that will be:
- added to the lists of eligible skilled occupations;
- moved between the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for particular visa programs; or
- removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations.
Occupations removed from the lists
The two occupations listed below will be completely removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations for all skilled visa programs on 17 January 2018.
|Hair or Beauty Salon Manager
As foreshadowed, additional changes have been made to the list of eligible skilled occupations.
For further information about the impacted subclasses, occupations, related caveats and arrangements according to the date of lodgement see list of eligible skilled occupations.
A number of reforms for July 2017 were previously announced in Fact sheet one: Reforms to Australia’s temporary employer sponsored skilled migration programme – abolition and replacement of the 457 visa (520KB PDF).
The information below elaborates further on these reforms, as well as additional reforms implemented on 1 July 2017 for Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) programme.
English language requirements
The English Language Salary Exemption Threshold (ELSET) which exempted applicants (whose salary was over AUD$96,400) from the English language requirement has been removed for applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017.
As a result, English language test results must be provided for applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017 unless:
- the person is an employee of an overseas business who is coming to Australia to work for that company or their associated entity and they have a nominated base rate of pay of at least AUD$96,400; or
- any of the other current English language exemptions apply (for example, certain passport country holders who do not require English language testing)
For further information about the English language requirements and exemptions see Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457).
As per the Government’s announcement, from March 2018 sponsors will no longer be required to meet the current training benchmarks requirements with these arrangements to be replaced by a requirement to pay a contribution to the new Skilling Australians Fund (SAF).
To improve the integrity of the current arrangements in the interim, a new instrument outlining the training benchmarks has been published on 1 July 2017 which will impact applications lodged on or after this date. For more information see Subclass 457 Visa Legislative Instruments.
The provision of penal clearance certificates will become mandatory for all visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017. This reform will bring the subclass 457 visa programme in line with most other visa programmes, which are not exempted from providing penal clearance certificates see Character and police certificate requirements.
Mandatory skills assessments
The Department of Education and Training’s Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) 457 skills assessment programme will be expanded to include some additional nationalities for a small number of existing occupations. TRA’s website is being updated to reflect this reform which will only impact on applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017. Where required, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection retains its discretion to request skills assessments for any pending or new applications.
Visa validity policy may be clarified further for certain visas granted on or after 1 July 2017. These changes are expected to have a positive impact on a small cohort of applicants only, with the maximum four year visa period generally still only available where the primary applicant’s occupation is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). For further information see:Combined list of eligible skilled occupations.
New sponsorship accreditation arrangements
The characteristics for sponsorship accreditation approval will be expanded to accommodate certain low risk sponsors who only use the subclass 457 programme occasionally. This will ensure that gaining access to regular priority processing will no longer only favour large volume users of the programme seeTemporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457).
“Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa – Government reforms to employer sponsored skilled migration visas” (c) border.gov.au
On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.
The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.
This new visa is part of the Government’s significant reform package to strengthen the integrity and quality of Australia’s temporary and permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programmes.
Key reforms include:
- Introducing the temporary skill shortage visa with new requirements, including but not limited to:
- new, more targeted occupation lists which better align with skill needs in the Australian labour market
- a requirement for visa applicants to have at least two years’ work experience in their skilled occupation
- a minimum market salary rate which ensures that overseas workers cannot be engaged to undercut Australian workers
- mandatory labour market testing, unless an international obligation applies,
- capacity for only one onshore visa renewal under the Short-Term stream
- capacity for visa renewal onshore and a permanent residence pathway after three years under the Medium-Term stream
- the permanent residence eligibility period will be extended from two to three years
- a non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers
- strengthened requirement for employers to contribute to training Australian workers
- the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will collect Tax File Numbers and data will be matched with the Australian Tax Office’s records, and
- mandatory penal clearance certificates to be provided.
- Tightening eligibility requirements for employer sponsored permanent skilled visas, including but not limited to:
- tightened English language requirements
- a requirement for visa applicants to have at least three years’ work experience
- applicants must be under the maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application
- strengthened requirement for employers to contribute to training Australian workers, and
- employers must pay the Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold1.
- Concessions for regional Australia will continue to be available:
- Employers in regional Australia will continue to have access to occupations under the temporary and permanent visas, to reflect their skills needs.
- Existing permanent visa concessions for regional Australia, such as waiving the nomination fee and providing age exemptions for certain occupations, will be retained. Consideration will be given to expanding the occupations in regional Australia that are exempt from the age requirement.
- Significantly condensing the occupation lists used for skilled migration visas, including the subclass 457 visa, from 19 April 2017.
The implementation of these reforms will begin immediately and will be completed in March 2018.
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Depending upon what visa is most suitable there may be matters relating to:
- English language requirements / IELTS
- Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa
- Short-Term stream of up to two years
- Medium-Term stream of up to four years
- Concessions for regional Australia
- The Skill Matching Database
- Australian Skills Recognition
- Skills Assessment
- Licensing or Registration
- Employer Sponsored Permanent Visa Charges
- Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupation on 19 April 2017 651 to 435 occupations, with 216 occupations removed and access to 59 other occupations restricted.
- Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL)
- Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) replaced the previous ‘Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List’ (CSOL)
- Changes by December 2017
- Changes from March 2018
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Top 15 Nominated Occupations for 457 Visa Primary Applications Granted
- 261312 Developer Programmer
- 351411 Cook
- 141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager
- 225113 Marketing Specialist
- 261313 Software Engineer
- 261111 ICT Business Analyst
- 242111 University Lecturer
- 224711 Management Consultant
- 253111 General Practitioner
- 253112 Resident Medical Officer
- 351311 Chef
- 131112 Sales and Marketing Manager
- 221111 Accountant (General)
- 312512 Mechanical Engineering Technician
- 135112 ICT Project Manager
Top 15 Citizenship Countries for 457 Visa Primary Applications Granted
- United Kingdom
- China, Peoples Republic of
- United States of America
- Ireland, Republic of
- Korea, South
- South Africa
- Germany, Fed Republic of