In a joint media announcement, the Minister for Citizenship, Immigration, Multicultural Affairs, and Migrant Services and the Minister for Skills, Employment, Small and Family Business stated there will be a review of the profession lists for skilled migration visas and request submission from stakeholders with a high importance to those in the regional areas of Australia.
The statement should not appear as any wonder as the Department of Skills, Employment, Small and Family Business (D.E.S.S.F.B) has been charged with suggesting changes to the makeup of the profession lists since July 2017 when the Australian government divided profession lists into sub-classes; the exclusion is for visas of general skilled migration.
The D.E.S.S.F.B has gone by three former consultation processes in Oct 2017, Nov 2017, and May – Jun 2018. The biggest change to the profession lists after these reviews happened in March 2019 when 36 professions were “upgraded” to the occupation list of general skilled migration and general practitioners were needed to get a certificate of health workforce for employer-sponsored permanent and temporary visas among different reformations.
Additionally, it must be questioned how much further assistance can be received by regional areas. The profession list for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa is important and covers almost every profession at Skill Level 3 and higher excluding for one: 272211 Minister of Religion, which needs a labor contract. Probably, the profession list for the Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 494) visa will be similarly vast.
Those intending to express their view can provide a submission in due course when the D.E.S.S.F.B will start to allow online submissions.
The traffic light bulletin recognizing professions flagged for modification will be announced in December 2019 with the review concluding in March 2020 and probably modifications made in the weeks later.
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