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Published on May 17th, 2016 | by john.weir

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Skilled Occupation List for 2016/2017 announced

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have released the new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for 2016-17.
This list will come into effect from 1st July, 2016.
The Skilled Occupations List is used for 189 (Skilled Independent Visa), 489 (Skilled Regional Provisional Visa) and 485 (Graduate Temporary Visa) visa applications.
The DIBP have also released the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) which is used for 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa), 457 (Temporary Work Skilled Visa) and 186 (Employer Nominated Scheme) visa applications.

Occupations moved from SOL to CSOL

233611 Mining Engineers (excluding Petroleum)
233612 Petroleum Engineers
234912 Metallurgists
251311 Environmental Health Officers
251312 Occupational Health & Safety Advisers
411211 Dental Hygienists
411212 Dental Prosthetists
411213 Dental Technicians
411213 Dental Therapists

Occupations added to the SOL

251912 Orthotist or Prosthetist
25 2711 Audiologists

These changes relate to the following visa subclasses and for invitations issued on or after 1 July 2016:

Subclass 186
Subclass 189
Subclass 190
Subclass 402
Subclass 457
Subclass 485
Subclass 489

John Adams of Immigration2Oz comments “There has been much talk on forums etc. about a long list occupations, including accountants and ICT specialisations being “taken off the list”. This short list of changes is therefore not that dramatic. Although the effective date is 1 July 2016 there is little hope of beating the deadline unless an applicant already has a skill assessment, meets the points test pass mark, can lodge an Expression of Interest – and receive an Invitation to Apply, before the deadline.”

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