[Australia Skilled Migration Alert] Exclusive Preview of The Possible Changes in Occupation List!

The Department of Jobs and Small Business has flagged some occupations that could be removed from the following Skilled Migration Occupation lists:

  1. STSOL (Short Term Skilled Occupation List)
  2. MLTSSL (Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List)
  3. ROL (Regional Occupations List)

The department published the proposed changes through a Traffic Light Bulletin that also conveys that Australia will implement the changes from 1 July 2018.

What is the Department of Jobs and Small Business?

The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians to find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces. It is also responsible for revising the occupation lists to address the economic needs of Australia.

Traffic Light Red: occupations which may be removed from STSOL list

Traffic Light Orange: occupations which may move from MLTSSL to STSOL list

Traffic Light Yellow: occupations which may move from STSOL to MLTSSL

Traffic Light Purple: occupations which may move from STSOL to ROL

What does it mean to you?

Immigrants have shaped Australian economy for years. But what happens if Australia closes the door and why?

There has been a sense of urgency surrounding the Australian skilled migration since the day when the government of Australia started addressing its immigration system as Department of Home Affairs (DHA) instead of  Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Later on, Australia made changes in the skilled migration programs including the abolition of some primary visas for foreign workers. For example, the 457 visa was the commonly used visa for Australian employers to bring skilled workers into Australia temporarily. But 457 visa was replaced by TSS visas.

This is what Malcolm Turnbull (PM Australia) said,

Australians must have priority for Australian jobs, so we’re abolishing the 457 visas, the visas that bring temporary foreign workers into our country. We’ll no longer let 457 visas be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians.

Later Australia introduced Temporary Short Skilled (TSS) visa in replacement of 457 visas that resulted in strengthening the rules and allow only the demand-driven, highly skilled workers into the country.

Coming to our main point of discussion,

  • Applicants whose occupations are under the “Traffic Light Red” zone and have not received an ITA (Invitation to Apply) yet, may not be eligible to lodge an application under 489, 189, or 190 visas. If your occupation moves between MLTSSL and STSOL, your options may get limited depending on the new list.
  • For the TSS (482) visas, If your occupation is removed from the skilled occupation lists before getting an ITA, your application may be affected.
  • In the same way,  if your occupation is moved to another list and you have not lodged the application prior to the changes taking effect, you may not be eligible for your required visa.


The recent changes in the skilled migration lists are the results of a thorough labor market analysis, conducted by the Department of Jobs and Small Business. This is a strong evidence that leads to this prediction- Australia is about to reach the limit of immigrants intake.

Also, the government speculates that more immigrants would be a threat to the country’s employment rate. But looking at Australia’s economic strength, this may not be the biggest concern now.

In simple words, immigration intake might drastically decrease in the coming years. Are you still waiting for your “perfect opportunity” to immigrate to Australia?

There is no time left to wait. The perfect time is NOW. Postponing this decision is no longer an option and you might lose the chance to fulfill your dream as new government rules might shut your door to Australia.

If your occupation is on any of the above-mentioned lists, call us to know more! We will take immediate actions so that your visa application proceeds without obstacles. And if you are yet to come up with a decision and do not have any action plan, let’s start with an Initial Eligibility assessment, which is completely FREE of cost. We will create your immigration roadmap that outlines your success and dreams.

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