Australian Announces More Immigration Opportunities!

This week the Australian Federal Government have announced that changes to Australia’s visa rules have resulted in 32 new additions to the occupations list for Australian Skilled Visas, and a further four occupations that have been upgraded to the long term occupations list. Visa hopefuls from a variety of professional and skilled backgrounds that were previously not eligible can now apply for permanent residency status once nominated in one of the 212 listed skilled occupations which increased this week from 176.

The 30 new additions to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List include the following:

1. Musician (instrumental)
2. Environmental Manager
3. Statistician
4. Economist
5. Mining Engineer (excluding petroleum)
6. Petroleum Engineer
7. Engineering Professionals (NEC)
8. Chemist
9. Food Technologist
10. Environmental Consultant
11. Environmental Research Scientist
12. Environmental Scientist
13. Geophysicist
14. Hydrogeologist
15. Life Scientist
16. Biochemist
17. Biotechnologist
18. Botanist
19. Marine Biologist
20. Microbiologist
21. Zoologist
22. Life Scientist (NEC)
23. Conservator
24. Metallurgist
25. Meteorologist
26. Natural and Physical Science Professionals (NEC)
27. University Lecturer
28. Multimedia Specialist
29. Software and Applications Programmers (NEC)
30. Horse Trainer

The 2 new occupations added to the Regional Occupation List included:

1. Deer Farmer
2. Goat Farmer

The full Skilled Occupation List can be found here –

Further, aged care providers can now hire overseas bilingual workers that would ordinarily not be eligible as their occupation is not on the skilled occupations list. This initiative of the Australian Federal Government allows aged care providers to request a company-specific labour agreement to sponsor skilled overseas workers for a Temporary Skill Shortage visa or an Employer Nomination Scheme visa.

Not only does this bode well for bilingual visa hopefuls, but it improves the quality of care provided to elderly Australians from multicultural backgrounds as aged care providers frequently find that individuals with dementia may revert back to their native language or lose their bilingual abilities altogether, according to the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman.

The constantly evolving and complex procedural requirements of visa applications can present hurdles that are best overcome with the assistance of an experienced migration agent. Please contact us for advice on how to further your application.