DIBP announces Skilled Occupation List under review

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced that an advisory group of business and unions will review the skilled occupation list.

The federal government has asked an advisory group of business and unions to look at reducing the list of occupations covered by foreign worker visas.

The review of the consolidated sponsored occupational list follows a meeting of an advisory council on skilled migration with Immigration Minister Peter on Friday.

The existing list covers more than 650 occupations and applies to temporary and permanent employer sponsored visas, including the 457 visa program.

The advisory group includes Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox and ACTU president Ged Kearney.

Mr Dutton said the review will examine opportunities to condense the list.

"It is important that the integrity of the list be maintained to ensure that skilled migration meets the genuine needs of Australia's economy and does not displace Australian workers," he said.

The group will provide its findings and advice to Mr Dutton in the first half of 2017.

Source: AAP, 2nd December 2016

According to earlier announcements by the Department the occupations likely to be deleted from the Skilled Occupation List are some IT, as well as Engineering Occupations. If you have further questions to the above or if you would like to apply for a skilled visa feel free to contact us to book a visa consultation with our Registered Migration Agent.