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Published on June 24th, 2010 | by john.weir

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Australian immigration publishes new skilled migration list

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship have today posted their new Skilled Occupation List, which will affect anyone looking to migrate to Australia.

The new Skilled Occupation List, or SOL will fully replace the old Critical Skills List on the 1st of July and the occupations that will be state sponsored will also come into effect on this date. In addition to the occupations listed in Schedule Four of the new list, the Australian government have also indicated that each state will also be allowed another 100 places for “off-list” occupations which are yet to be announced.

These of course will vary depending on the particular requirements of each state.

New applicants wishing to avoid wading through pages of legal jargon should scroll down to page 5 where the points allocated for each occupation will be revealed in Schedule One. Under the new system for example, an accountant wanting to emigrate to Australia would need 50 points as a qualifying minimum.

The new Skilled Occupation List begins on page 29 at Schedule Three and the State Sponsored List is revealed on page 37 (Schedule Four). The new State Migration Plans will be announced over the coming months as Australia looks to become more like Canada in giving its individual territories more control over their individual programmes.

Several Australian state governments will be exhibiting at Down Under Live in Birmingham and London this September, so if you are looking to migrate to Australia, get your tickets now.

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