Newest changes in Immigration: DOHA Occupation List changes – 11 March 2019

Today the Department of Home Affairs announced several changes to Australia’s skilled occupations lists which apply to popular visa programs such as General Skilled Migration (Subclasses 485, 489, 189 and 190) as well as Employer Sponsored Visas (Sublasses 186, 187, 482). For many this will mean good news!

In total, 36 occupations were added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), 27 occupations were removed from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), 18 occupations were added to the Regional Occupations List (ROL). Additionally, changes were made to occupational caveats and authorities for skills assessments.

The following occupations have been added to the MLTSSL list, including:

  • Arts Administrator or Manager (ANZSCO code 139911)
  • Dancer or Choreographer (ANZSCO code 211112)
  • Music Director (ANZSCO code 211212)
  • Artistic Director (ANZSCO code 212111)
  • Tennis Coach (ANZSCO code 452316)
  • Footballer (ANZSCO code 452411)
  • Environmental Manager (ANZSCO code 139912)
  • Musician (Instrumental) (ANZSCO code 211213)
  • Statistician (ANZSCO code 224113)
  • Economist (ANZSCO code 224311)
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO code 233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO code 233612)
  • Engineering Professionals nec (ANZSCO code 233999)
  • Chemist (ANZSCO code 234211)
  • Food Technologist (ANZSCO code 234212)
  • Environmental Consultant (ANZSCO code 234312)
  • Environmental Research Scientist (ANZSCO code 234313)
  • Environmental Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234399)
  • Geophysicist (ANZSCO code 234412)
  • Hydrogeologist (ANZSCO code 234413)
  • Life Scientist (General) (ANZSCO code 234511)
  • Biochemist (ANZSCO code 234513)
  • Biotechnologist (ANZSCO code 234514)
  • Botanist (ANZSCO code 234515)
  • Marine Biologist (ANZSCO code 234516)
  • Microbiologist (ANZSCO code 234517)
  • Zoologist (ANZSCO code 234518)
  • Life Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234599)
  • Conservator (ANZSCO code 234911)
  • Metallurgist (ANZSCO code 234912)
  • Meteorologist (ANZSCO code 234913)
  • Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec (ANZSCO code 234999)
  • University Lecturer (ANZSCO code 242111)
  • Multimedia Specialist (ANZSCO code 261211)
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec (ANZSCO code 261399)
  • Horse Trainer (ANZSCO code 361112)

The following occupations have been completely removed:

  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals (ANZSCO code 211499)
  • Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic (ANZSCO code 323215)
  • Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer (ANZSCO code 323316)
  • Chemical Plant Operator (ANZSCO code 399211)
  • Library Technician (ANZSCO code 399312)

Regional Occupations List (ROL)
A number of agricultural occupations such as Beef Cattle Farmer as well as Dentists and Anesthetists have moved from the Short-Term (STSOL) list to the Regional Occupation list (ROL).

A limited number of caveat changes will be applicable to occupations such as Footballer and Recruitment Consultants in particular with regards to salary requirements.

How we can help you
If you feel that you have been affected by these changes or that these changes may have opened up a pathway for you, please get in touch with us to book a consultation with one of our Registered Migration Agents to establish visa eligibility and a plan for your future in Australia!

The information provided in this post is a guide only and should not be taken to be immigration assistance specifically tailored to you, there are a number of lists and the changes can be complex.

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  1. Lloyd Tuchira on March 26, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Good morning,

    This is a great development! I’m an engineer professional. Can you please tell me the requirements? I want to migrate to Australia.

    • Northern Immigration Australia on March 26, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Dear Lloyd,

      Yes, it is a great development indeed! Engineers professionals are on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) which means you are eligible for permanent visas such as Skilled Visas and Employer Sponsored Visas. If you want to find out, what visas you can apply for, please book an assessment & consultation here!

  2. Ruwan Welitharage on April 23, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia!

    I’m a 39 year old chef from Sri Lanka. I got positive outcome for my skill assessments from TRA. I like to migrate to Australia under 482 visa. Do I have a possibility?

    • Northern Immigration Australia on April 24, 2019 at 9:41 am

      Hi Ruwan,

      That’s fantastic you got a positive skills assessment! Chefs and hospitality workers in general are in high demand in Australia! We are more than happy to provide you with advice about your visa possibilities. Please book your visa eligibility assessment & consultation here.

      We look forward to assisting you achieving your immigration goals in Australia!

  3. Khan on June 9, 2019 at 2:39 am

    Hello Northern Immigration Australia,

    where do HR professionals stand in NT list? Please advice.

    Thank you!

  4. Muhammad Awais on June 27, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Hello Northern Immigration Australia,
    I have applied for subclass 476 visa under Washington accord. It’s for all engineering disciplines which fall under Washington accord.
    I have almost one year here in my country then I will come Australia. Can you please guide me about how to get a field related job there (Mechanical engineering)? Or any courses that I should do here in my country that will help me to get a good job there and later on Permanent Residency?
    Thanks for your help! I heard good things about you and few friends have used your services with success.

    • Northern Immigration Australia on June 28, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Dear Muhammad,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes sure, we are happy to provide you with advice and guidance on how you can increase your chances on the Australian job market as a Mechanical Engineer. Please book your appointment for an online consultation here

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