Annual Update of Skilled Occupation List - 1 July 2012
The Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will change from 1 July 2012, with four occupations to be added to the list and four occupations to be removed. The SOL determines which occupations are eligible for independent and family sponsored skilled migration.
The updated SOL is based on expert advice from the independent body, Skills Australia. The list of occupations reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to a skilled migration program that delivers skills in need in Australia. The SOL will continue to deliver a skilled migration program tightly focused on high value skills that will assist in addressing Australia’s future skills needs.
Visa applications that will be affected by the updated SOL
The updated SOL will apply to all new independent (unsponsored) and family sponsored skilled migration applications lodged on or after 1 July 2012 unless they are from applicants eligible for transitional arrangements. Applications lodged before 1 July 2012 with a nominated occupation that is no longer on the SOL in effect from 1 July 2012 will continue to be processed. Priority processing arrangements may however change for certain applicants according to the Ministerial Direction on priority processing.
Summary of changes to the SOL
The following changes have been applied to the SOL.
Additions to the SOL
Production Manager (Mining)
Computer Network and Systems Engineer
Removals from the SOL
Wall and Floor Tiler
* The update of the SOL will not apply to applicants eligible for transitional arrangements which allow anyone who either held or had applied for a Skilled – Graduate (Subclass 485) visa on or before 8 February 2010 to apply for a permanent skilled migration visa on the basis of the SOL in effect on 8 February 2010.
Transitional arrangements also allow anyone who held a qualifying Student visa on 8 February 2010 to apply for a Temporary Skilled – Graduate (Subclass 485) visa on the basis of the SOL in effect on 8 February 2010. These transitional arrangements are in place until 31 December 2012.
Information From：Department of Immigration and Citizenship
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Published time: 13/06/2012 - 17:00