Over 50 occupations may be dropped from Australia's Skilled Occupation List

Over 50 occupations may be dropped from Australia's Skilled Occupation List

The Department of Education and Training provides advice to the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the SOL.

Over fifty occupations may be removed from Australia’s Skilled Occupation List that identifies occupations for immigration to the country. The SOL is a compilation of occupations for skilled migration for the purpose of meeting the medium to long-term skill needs of the Australian economy.

The 52 occupations that have been flagged on the Skilled Occupation List 2016-17 include health professionals, including specialists, engineers, taxation accountants, barristers, solicitors etc.

The federal health department is pushing to scrap 41 jobs from SOL - including GPs, surgeons and anaesthetists, The Australian has reported.

“Immigration is often used as a short-term demand management strategy and it continues to be poorly co-ordinated," a Health Department submission into the review of the Skilled Operations List reads.

"Over a longer planning ­horizon, better management of migration pathways for international health professionals must occur in combination with all commonwealth departments"

The move would be counterbalanced by increasing numbers of local medical graduates who could fill vacancies, especially in regional areas.

The Department of Education and Training provides advice to the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the SOL.

The department undertakes the review of the SOL each year following which there are a number of occupations which are ‘flagged’ for possible removal in the future. Generally, occupations are flagged when there is emerging evidence of excess supply in the labour market.

The list of occupations flagged by the Department of Education and Training

ANZSCO Code Occupation
133513 Production Manager (Mining)
221111 Accountant (General)
221112 Management Accountant
221113 Taxation Accountant
224111 Actuary
224511 Land Economist
224512 Valuer
231212 Ship's Engineer
231213 Ship's Master
231214 Ship's Officer
232213 Surveyor
232214 Cartographer
232214 Other Spatial Scientist
233111 Chemical Engineer
233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
233213 Quantity Surveyor
233214 Structural Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer
233411 Electronics Engineer
233511 Industrial Engineer
233512 Mechanical Engineer
233513 Production or Plant Engineer
233911 Aeronautical Engineer
233911 Agricultural Engineer
233913 Biomedical Engineer
233914 Engineering Technologist
233915 Environmental Engineer
233916 Naval Architect
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist
234711 Veterinarian
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist
252411 Occupational Therapist
262611 Podiatrist
252712 Speech Pathologist
253111 General Practitioner
253211 Anaesthetist
253312 Cardiologist
253315 Endocrinologist
253316 Gastroenterologist
253317 Intensive Care Specialist
253321 Paediatrician
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253999 Medical Practitioners nec
271111 Barrister
271311 Solicitor
272314 Psychotherapist
272399 Psychologists
351311 Chef*
399111 Boat Builder and Repairer
399112 Shipwright

Source: sbs.com.au

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