Changes to Skilled Occupations List Flagged

There have been news reports recently about occupations possibly being removed from the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL).
The Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training reviews the skilled migration program’s Skilled Occupation List each year based on certain criteria e.g., demand and supply or the amount of training needed etc., and flags certain occupations for future removal. The final list will take affect from 1st July next year. Common occupations on the list of occupations for potential removal include:
  • Engineers in most specialisations
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Chefs
  • Surveyors and Cartographers
  • Medical Laboratory Scientists
  • Various Medical Practitioner Specialisations
  • Allied health professionals - such as Radiographers, Occupational Therapists, Podiatrists, Speech Pathologists
  • Psychologists and Psychotherapists
  • Barristers and Solicitors
  • Maritime transport professionals
A couple of important things to note about the potential change to the SOL:
  • Just because an occupation is flagged does not mean it will definitely be removed
  • Most of the occupations were also flagged for 2015-16, and were not removed
  • If the SOL is changed, this is likely to be from 1 July 2017