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Skilled Occupations List slashed from 178 to 18

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Among those removed from the list, which fast tracks overseas workers into the state, are various types of engineers, which were in massive demand.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced today that the West Australian Skilled Migration Occupations List (WASMOL) used for state nomination has been slashed.

The new list contains 18 occupations which the Premier said reflects the fields where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers.

Premier McGowan says he is making sure local tradespeople "get West Australian jobs first" after slashing the number of occupations on the skilled migration list from 178 to 18.

Among those removed from the list, which fast tracks overseas workers into the state, are various types of engineers, which were in massive demand during the mining boom.

Bricklayers, electricians, refrigeration mechanics, teachers, cafe managers, psychologists and others are also off the list, following widespread consultation, Mr McGowan said.

The only occupations left are medical professionals, including GPs and some specialist doctors and nurses.

WA's unemployment rate has been consistently above the national rate for more than a year.

"This is about West Australian jobs first and foremost, making sure we only sponsor those people that we actually need rather than a whole range of occupations where West Australians are already out of work and need those jobs," Mr McGowan told reporters on Wednesday.

Check out the 2017 Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupations List:

Applicants are required to provide evidence of a minimum one year full-time employment contract for all occupations on the WASMOL.

ANZSCO​​ code*​​​​​​Skilled​ ​o​ccu​pationEligi​ble visas ​ ​​Assessing authorityStatus
​190 visa​489 visa
​251214Sonographer​​üüASMIRT​Available
​251412​OrthoptistüüVETASSESS​Available
​252711​AudiologistüVETASSESS​​Available
253111​General PractitionerüMedical Board of Australia​​Available
​​253316​Gastroenterologistü​​üMedical Board of Australia​​​Available
253323​Rheumatologist​üü​​​Medical Board of Australia​​Available
​​253411PsychiatristüüMedical Board of Australia​​​Available​
253513Neurosurgeonüü​​​Medical Board of Australia​Available
253515Otorhinolaryngologistüü​​Medical Board of Australia​Available 
253521Vascular Surgeonüü​​Medical Board of Australia​Available
​253913Obstetrician and Gynaecologistüü​​​Medical Board of Australia​Available
2539​18Radiation Oncologistüü​​​​Medical Board of Australia​​​Available
254111​Midwifeü​ANMACAvailable
​254413​Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)üANMAC​​Available
​254414​Registered Nurse (Community Health)üANMAC​Available
254415​Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)üANMAC​​Available
​254422​Registered Nurse (Mental Health)üANMAC​Available
​254423​Registered Nurse (Perioperative)üANMAC​Available

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