It was only last week when Western Australia announced the removal of 160 (!) of the items on their Skilled Occupations list, bringing their inventory of in-demand occupations for migrant workers down to a scant 18 and citing a “West Australians first” policy” as their rationale.
Now, it seems that Southern Australia will follow suit, with Victoria removing five (5) occupations from their Visa Nomination Occupations List.
On 30 June 2017, the Australian Government released a new Skilled Occupations List for 2017-1018. This coincided with other key migration changes, such as the new maximum age requirement for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and the Skilled Regional visa (subclass 489). (As of 1 July 2017, applicants for either visa must apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection before their 45th birthday to qualify).
Several occupations were also rendered ineligible for both the Skilled Nominated and the Skilled Regional visa, and the federal state of Victoria complied by dropping the following occupations from their visa nomination list:
Mining Engineer (excluding petroleum).
Software and Applications Programmers nec.
As of now, the occupations that have remained on the list are:
Civil Engineering Draftsperson.
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson.
Human Resource Manager.
Hotel or Motel Manager.
Health Information Manager.
Registered Nurse (Aged Care).
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health).
Registered Nurse (Community Health).
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency).
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability).
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation).
Registered Nurse (Medical).
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice).
Registered Nurse (Mental Health).
Registered Nurse (Perioperative).
Registered Nurse (Surgical).
Registered Nurses nec.
Physicist (Medical only).
Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
Early Childhood Teacher.
Childcare Centre Manager.
Primary School Teacher.
Secondary School Teacher.
Air conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber.
Sheetmetal Trades Worker.
Welder (First Class).
Metal Machinist (First Class).
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic.
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker.
Telecommunications Lines Worker.
It should also be noted that Victoria’s Skilled and Business Migration Program will reopen applications for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations starting 1 July 2017.