Overseas residents looking to make the move to Australia now have a whole new range of occupations to choose from, with some major changes made to the immigration system.

These changes include a revamp on eligible occupations for permanent and temporary immigration. 36 new occupations have now been added to the medium and long-term skills list, making it easier for many migrants to live and work in Australia.

New occupations added to the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

  • Arts Administrator or Manager
  • Dancer or Choreographer
  • Music Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Tennis Coach
  • Footballer
  • Environmental Manager
  • Musician (Instrumental)
  • Statistician
  • Economist
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Engineering Professionals
  • Chemist
  • Food Technologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Research Scientist
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Life Scientist (General)
  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Botanist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Zoologist
  • Life Scientists
  • Conservator
  • Metallurgist
  • Meteorologist
  • Natural and Physical Science Professionals
  • University Lecturer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Horse Trainer

18 new occupations have also been added to the Regional Occupation List, which also allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to live and work in Australia for up to four. A a pathway to permanent residency for sponsored workers in designated areas has also been introduced, also taking into account concessions in English language, salary and work experience requirements.

New occupations added to the Regional Occupation List

  • Aquaculture Farmer
  • Cotton Grower
  • Fruit or Nut Grower
  • Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus)/field crop grower (NZ)
  • Mixed Crop Farmer
  • Sugar Cane Grower
  • Crop Farmers nec
  • Beef Cattle Farmer
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer
  • Mixed Livestock Farmer
  • Deer Farmer
  • Goat Farmer
  • Pig Farmer
  • Sheep Farmer
  • Livestock Farmers nec
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
  • Dentist
  • Anaesthetist

The Department of Home Affairs has stated that the revamp of the skilled occupations lists ensures that the entry of skilled foreign workers migrating to Australia remains strategic to Australia’s needs.

“The Government continues to focus the Migration Program on addressing skills gaps in the economy and these initiatives demonstrate that commitment,” Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman said.

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