The Government has embarked on a review of the skilled migration occupation lists, and will announce new lists in March 2020.
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is responsible for conducting the review, and to support this, will consult with industry, employers, unions and individuals on the occupations required to meet the labour market needs of the Australian economy. This Department will then provide advice to the Department of Home Affairs and other relevant Government agencies.
Consultations will take place between now and December, when the “Traffic Light Bulletin” will be published; its purpose is to identify which occupations have been flagged for a change in status on one of the lists (transfer between Short Term and Medium to Long Term Occupations Lists, or removal altogether). The online formal submission period will then open in December until February, ahead of announcement of the new lists in March 2020.
Ajuria Lawyers encourages all interested clients who would like to be involved in this review, to contact us. As it is 18 months since the last review, it is a good opportunity to provide input on vexing issues related to the occupations lists, and may prompt the Government to bring forward its overhaul of ANZSCO (see separate article).
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