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Will your occupation be restored to the list?

As we approach the last quarter of this financial year, The Department of Jobs and Small Business once again carries out research to identify skill shortages in the Australian labour market.

Subsequently, the results are published of its research as individual occupational and cluster reports for groupings of similar occupations. Some occupational labour markets are assessed at the state and territory level, but for others only a national assessment is made.

The research directly influences the occupations that stay or disappear on the list. The research aims to identify shortages in the Australian labour market in skilled occupations where long lead times for training mean that shortages cannot be quickly addressed. The skill shortage research meets a need for information about skill needs on a national and state/territory basis to underpin policy, planning and resource allocation.

The research focuses on three key elements

  1. Shortage

  2. Recruitment difficulty

  3. No shortage

Current occupation lists being reviewed by the Department of Jobs and Small Businesses includes:

  • Accountants

  • Arborists

  • Automotive Technician

  • Motor Mechanic

  • Panel Beater

  • Child Care worker

The research is based on the number of vacancies available for an occupation, the number of jobs advertised and the recruitment rate. If an occupation falls into “Recruitment Difficulty” or Shortage, there is a strong chance that an occupation may appear on the new Short Term Skilled Occupation List, due to be published in July 2018.

Since the occupation can be put back on the list, there is also a chance of an occupation being taken off the list. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead and submit your visa application to avoid the misfortunate of become ineligible for a visa.

If you have any questions relating Skilled Occupations Lists, get in touch with one of our consultants today.

Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.

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