Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alex Hawke announced the inclusion of a range of skilled occupations on the Priority Skilled Migration Occupation List (PMSOL).
PMSOL, first announced in September 2020, is being developed in collaboration with the National Skills Commission to ensure that a small number of critical positions are filled in order to continue creating jobs in Australia and helping Australia to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
The addition of 22 occupations brings the PMSOL to 41 in total.
Minister Hawke said the government has engaged with Australia’s small, medium and large employers, business leaders and industry bodies across the economy to determine these changes.
“The government has received valuable feedback from Australian businesses on critical skills vacancies, which have been factored in with data from the National Skills Commission, in order to develop today’s update to the list of priority skilled migrations, ”said Minister Hawke.
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“The Morrison government will continue to support Australian businesses, including through skilled migration, as the engine room of our nation’s economy.”
The full list of 41 occupations (code ANZSCO), including the 22 new occupations added to the list this week (highlighted in bold) are as follows: CEO or General Manager (111111); Construction project manager (133111); Accountant (general) (221111); management accountant (221112); tax accountant (221113); Auditor (221213); Internal auditor (221214); Surveyor (232212); Cartographer (232213); Other space scientist (232214); Civil engineer (233211); Geotechnical engineer (233212); Structural engineer (233214); Transport engineer (233215); Electrical Engineer (233311); Mechanical engineer (233512); Mining engineer (non-petroleum) (233611); Petroleum engineer (233612); medical laboratory scientist (234611); Veterinarian (234711), added in May; orthotist or prosthetist (251912); General practitioner (253111); Resident doctor (253112); psychiatrist (253411); medical practitioners (253999); midwife (254111); Registered Nurse (Elderly Care) (254412); Registered nurse (critical care and emergencies) (254415); Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418); Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422); Registered nurse (perioperative) (254423); Registered nurses (254499); Multimedia specialist (261211); Programmer analyst (261311); Developer programmer (261312); Software Engineer (261313); Software and application programmers (261399); ICT security specialist (262112); Social worker (272511); Maintenance planner (312911); Boss (351311)
In May, the government also lifted existing working hour caps for student visa holders employed in the tourism and hospitality sector. A limit of 40 hours per fortnight previously applied during study periods.
In addition, temporary visa holders have been granted access to the COVID-19 pandemic event visa 408 for a period of 12 months if they are working in the tourism and hospitality industry. Decision Adds Tourism and Hospitality to Critical Sectors of Agriculture, Food Processing, Health Care, Elderly Care, Disability Care and Child Care for Eligibility to this visa subclass.
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Temporary visa holders working or intending to work in tourism and hospitality can now apply for the 408 COVID-19 visa up to 90 days before their existing visa expires, then stay in Australia until 12 additional months.
Visa holders who have been sponsored by an Australian company into a PMSOL profession will be subject to quarantine provisions at their own expense.
Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed, but priority will be given to occupations on the PMSOL.