New Priority Skills List Announced

The Priority Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) will allow for small numbers of skilled workers to enter Australia from overseas.

Cartoon of doctor holding ID card. Doctor is on the PMSOL occupation list

A new skills list has been released that will allow a limited number of skilled workers to enter Australia and fill roles in critical sectors.

The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) has just 17 occupations.

Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
Construction Project Manager (133111)
Mechanical Engineer (233512)
General Practitioner (253111)
Resident Medical Officer (253112)
Psychiatrist (253411)
Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
Midwife (254111)
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
Registered Nurses nec (254499)
Developer Programmer (261312)
Software Engineer (261313)
Maintenance Planner (312911)

Since Australia’s borders closed in March, temporary residents on employer-sponsored visas have not been able to enter the country without a special exemption.

Visa holders in PMSOL occupations, who have been sponsored by a business in Australia, will no longer need to obtain an exemption before travelling.

Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said these positions have been selected because they support the country’s Covid-19 response.

The list will be reviewed regularly.

Strengthened market testing

Labour market testing will be strengthened for new applicants being sponsored in PMSOL occupations to ensure Australians are given the opportunity to apply for newly established roles before overseas workers are appointed.

In addition to the requirement for employers to post two national adverts for the position they wish to nominate, employers will need to advertise the job on the Government’s own Jobactive website.

Is this good news?

It’s a step in the right direction, but with international flight caps, incredibly costly flights and hotel quarantine to contend with, it remains to be seen how many people this announcement will positively impact.

We’re also disappointed not to see any agricultural roles on the list.

It’s good news for a small number of Australia’s temporary residents; people who have established lives here but found themselves stranded outside Australia when the borders closed and have been unable to return since. Visa holders in this situation, who have an occupation listed on the PMSOL and sponsorship from an Australian employer, can now return without an exemption.

For more information on employer-sponsored visas, and to check your eligibility, contact True Blue Migration Services today.

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