Australia adds 22 occupations to priority skilled migration list

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Australia adds 22 occupations to priority skilled migration list

The Australian federal government has identified 22 critical occupations to boost the country’s economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.

The new occupations, which include software programmers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, ICT security specialists, and accountants, have been added to Australia’s Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).

Applicants for skilled migration to Australia having experience in these selected occupations will be able to have their employer-sponsored visa applications be fast-tracked by the Australian government, as efforts to support the country’s post-pandemic economic recovery pick up pace.

The 22 occupations newly added to Australia’s PMSOL are:

  • Accountant (General) (ANZSCO 221111);
  • Accountant (Management) (ANZSCO 221112);
  • Accountant (Taxation) (ANZSCO 221113);
  • External Auditor (ANZSCO 221213);
  • Internal Auditor (ANZSCO 221214);
  • Surveyor (ANZSCO 232212);
  • Cartographer (ANZSCO 232213);
  • Other Spatial Scientist (ANZSCO 232214);
  • Civil Engineer (ANZSCO 233211);
  • Geotechnical Engineer (ANZSCO 233212);
  • Structural Engineer (ANZSCO 233214);
  • Transport Engineer (ANZSCO 233215);
  • Electrical Engineer (ANZSCO 233311);
  • Mining Engineer (ANZSCO 233611);
  • Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO 233612);
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (ANZSCO 234611);
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912);
  • Multimedia Specialist (ANZSCO 261211);
  • Analyst Programmer (ANZSCO 261311);
  • Software and Applications Programmers (ANZSCO 261399);
  • ICT Security Specialist (ANZSCO 262112); and
  • Chef (ANZSCO 351311)

The PMSOL was first released in September 2020, and was developed following consultation with, and expert advice from, the National Skills Commission and Commonwealth departments.

The new occupations, which bring the total number of occupations on the PMSOL to 41, have been pinned to fill onshore skills gaps faced by Australian industries in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new additions to the PMSOL will also aim to assist in job creation in Australia, to support industries and sectors which had been suffering from a lack of available and eligible employees even before the pandemic struck.

With the latest revision to the PMSOL, Australian employers will now be able to nominate offshore workers for skilled migration to Australia, with the Australian government processing such visa applications faster, and with greater priority, to attract critically-important workers to Australia.