Australia has announced some major changes to its immigration system, including eligible occupations for permanent and temporary immigration.
The changes to the occupation lists have been made following consultation with the Department of Jobs and Small Business based on the labour market advice provided by the department.
Australia's visa rules have been relaxed to make it easier for farmers to hire skilled seasonal workers. Sponsored sportspeople and artists will also be able to get new eight-year visas.
In the latest update, 36 new occupations have been added to the Medium and Long-Term Skill List, including professional footballers and tennis coaches. Footballers and tennis coaches are among eight professions in the sports and arts sectors added to the long-term skills list.
The latest update to the Skilled Occupation Lists includes adding 18 new occupations to the Regional Occupation List. The occupations include livestock, beef, dairy, sheep, aquaculture and crop farmers, among other agricultural roles. The category of dentist and anaesthetist have also been added to the regional list to meet skill shortages
The Regional Occupation List allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to live and work in Australia for up to four years for the sponsoring employer in a specified region. The government introduced a pathway to permanent residency for the sponsored workers in designated areas, besides concessions in English language, salary and work experience requirements
New occupations added to MLTSSL
Arts Administrator or Manager
Dancer or Choreographer
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum
Engineering Professionals nec
Environmental Research Scientist
Environmental Scientists nec
Life Scientist (General
Life Scientists nec
Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec
Software and Applications Programmers nec
18 occupations added to the Regional Occupation List
Fruit or Nut Grower
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus)/field crop grower (NZ)
Mixed Crop Farmer
Sugar Cane Grower
Crop Farmers nec
Beef Cattle Farmer
Dairy Cattle Farmer
Mixed Livestock Farmer
Livestock Farmers nec
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
To see if you are eligible for one of the new visa paths send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org - David Dadic