While Australia’s borders continue to remain closed, the Australian Government has announced that it will be prioritising 17 occupations that fill a critical skills shortage and will assist the government's economic response to COVID-19.
Skilled temporary migrants are already coming to Australia in small numbers, and employer-sponsored nomination and visa applications that come under an occupation on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) will receive priority processing.
The Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alan Tudge, confirmed with SBS Hindi that a list of occupations given priority to temporary migrants.
Industries with skills shortages include those in health care, construction, and the IT sector.
The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List
The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:
1. Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
2. Construction Project Manager (133111)
3. Mechanical Engineer(233512)
4. General Practitioner(253111)
5. Resident Medical Officer(253112)
6. Psychiatrist (253411)
7. Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
8. Midwife (254111)
9. Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
10. Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
11. Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
12. Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
13. Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
14. Registered Nurses nec (254499)
15. Developer Programmer (261312)
16. Software Engineer (261313)
17. Maintenance Planner (312911)
All other skilled occupations on the Migration Skilled Occupation List remain active, however priority will be given to those that are on the PMSOL.
Australia’s strict border restrictions remain in place, and you need to obtain a travel exemption before you travel to Australia. If you need further information, speak to an immigration specialist or visit the Australian Government website.