A War of Talent: Prioritised under skilled migration list

Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

Immigration minister Alex Hawke on Tuesday added 22 occupations to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). This PMSOL aimed at filling critical skills in Australia amid international border closures. Visa holders who have been sponsored by a business will be able to request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions. But this travel will be subject to a strict 14 days of quarantine on arrival at their own expense.

“Government has received valuable feedback from Australian business stakeholders on critical skill vacancies, which has been considered together with data from the National Skills Commission, in order to develop today’s update to the Priority Migration Skilled Migration List. The Morrison government will continue to support Australian businesses, including through skilled migration, as the engine room of our nation’s economy.” 

Immigration minister Alex Hawke said

The PMSOL, first announced in September 2020. PMSOL is developed in conjunction with the National Skills Commission to ensure a small number of critical occupations are filled to continue to create Australian jobs. This PMSOL will be an aid in Australia’s ongoing recovery from the impact of COVID-19. The addition of 22 occupations brings the PMSOL to 41 in total.

“Australia faces a growing shortage of accountants. But it’s not just here; accounting professionals are in high demand globally and there is a competition to attract them. Unless this skills shortage is addressed, Australian businesses and the economy will suffer. By increasing opportunities for international accounting professionals and students to live and work in Australia, we are creating a pipeline of accounting talent which will stand the nation in good stead.”

CPA Australia general manager of external affairs Dr Jane Rennie said the inclusion of accounting professionals on the priority occupation list was necessary to address a growing skill-shortage.

The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

The 41 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Accountant (General) (221111)*
  • Management Accountant (221112)*
  • Taxation Accountant (221113)*
  • External Auditor (221213)*
  • Internal Auditor (221214)*
  • Surveyor (232212)*
  • Cartographer (232213)*
  • Other Spatial Scientist (232214)*
  • Civil Engineer (233211)*
  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)*
  • Structural Engineer (233214)*
  • Transport Engineer (233215)*
  • Electrical Engineer (233311)*
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (233611)*
  • Petroleum Engineer (233612)*
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)*
  • Veterinarian (234711)
  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (251912)*
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioners nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)*
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)*
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399)*
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)*
  • Social Worker (272511)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)
  • Chef (351311)*

* Indicates occupation added in June 2021

Travel exemptions

While Australia’s border restrictions remain in place, temporary visa holders must obtain a travel exemption before travelling to Australia. For more information about the travel exemption process see: Critical skills and sectors

Visa subclasses

Priority processing of nomination and visa applications for PMSOL occupations applies to these employer sponsored visa subclasses:

Now the list is temporary and should change because the economic recovery evolves the labour market demand could cause ebbs and flows so acting sooner instead of later is crucial if applicable to yourself or your household. due to this being a priority list the govt is additionally advising to follow pathways supported by employer-sponsored streams meaning a suggestion of employment is going to be needed. If that’s so as a travel exemption are often applied for allowing a candidate to enter as soon as possible, counting on COVID requirements.

States can also look favourably at these applicants when applying for State nomination, counting on the necessity of the State so also positive when watching the skilled routes for residency. If the above is applicable or of interest to you give us a call or leave an inquiry following our ‘Free Assessment’ tab and one among our consultants are going to be in-tuned to help.

A War of Talent: Prioritised under skilled migration list

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