Occupation List News: Suggested Removal of Hairdressers, Gardeners and Massage Therapists

The Department of Employment, Family, Skills, and Small Business has released its Traffic Light Bulletin for the December 2019 to February 2020. If accepted by the Department of Home Affairs, several substantive changes will affect the occupation lists. These changes could see ramifications for prospective visa applicants and nominating sponsors. The report suggests popular occupations be removed altogether like hairdressers, gardeners, and massage therapists.

The Traffic Light Bulletin bases its proposals on labour market analysis and meetings with stakeholders. The occupation lists to which it refers govern several skilled visas, including the following employer-sponsored visas:

  • Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visas

  • Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visas.

  • Subclass 407 – Training visas

  • Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visas

  • Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visas.

 There is also a skilled occupation list for General Skilled Migration visas, which include:

  • Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visas under the Graduate stream

  • Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visas

  • Subclass 189 – Skilled – Independent visas

  • Subclass 190 – Skilled – Nominated visas

The Traffic Light Bulletin has compelling proposals that may affect current and prospective skilled visa applicants. Currently, the occupation list is divided into three lists to determine what visa an applicant is eligible for and the duration that can be granted. Occupation lists will also regulate if a temporary visa holder will become eligible for a permanent visa. 

 The three occupation lists are:

  • Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) – identifies labour shortages in the medium and long term;

  • Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) – labour shortages of a short-term nature; and

  • Regional Occupation List (ROL) – labour shortage in regional areas in the medium and long term.

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