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Migration Newsflash: Review of Skilled Migration Occupations List

Review of Skilled Migration Occupations List

The Australian Government has announced it will review the skilled migration occupation lists including the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Regional Occupation List (ROL).

Belinda Wright

Partner, National Leader, Immigration Services

KPMG Australia


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These lists stipulate the occupations that foreign nationals may be eligible to fill within Australian businesses as part of certain visa programs. The lists were last updated in March 2019.

Australian businesses and interested stakeholders may wish to make submissions to the Australian Government, as represented by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

The review process

The review process will include a consultation period from October 2019 – February 2020, and the publishing of a traffic light bulletin in December 2019 which will flag occupations likely to be added to or removed from the current lists. Stakeholders will be able to make formal submissions in response to the Traffic Light Bulletin up until February 2020.

Indicative skilled migration occupation list review timeline

September 2019 The Australian Government will commence the review and commence consultation with interested stakeholders.
October 2019 KPMG will be meeting with the Australian Government to discuss the review and anticipated changes in the week commencing 14 October 2019.
December 2019 Australian Government will publish a Traffic Light Bulletin, which outlines the outcomes of initial labour market analysis, stakeholder consultation and views from across government. It includes which occupations have been flagged for a change in status on one of the lists.  The formal submission period will open.
February 2020 The formal submission period will close.
March 2020 The review will be finalised and the Australian Government will notify stakeholders of amendments to the existing skilled occupation lists.

Next steps

Please reach out to your KPMG Immigration contact by Wednesday, 9 October 2019 should you wish to discuss your concerns or make any proposals with respect to the future composition of the skilled migration occupation lists.

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