Today is the final day for making submissions on next year's list.
Ben Winsor

21 Nov 2016 - 3:13 PM  UPDATED 22 Nov 2016 - 6:13 PM

The Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training is currently reviewing the skilled migration program’s Skilled Occupation’s List, an annual process which involves flagging occupations for future removal.

Following the advice provided last year, 52 occupations were flagged for removal in future years (full list below).

“Generally, occupations are flagged when there is emerging evidence of excess supply in the labour market,” the department says.

Today - November 21 - is the final day for submitting feedback to the department on advice for next year's list, which will be sent to the Minister for Immigration for consideration in March.

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The current list of 183 occupations is used to determine the eligibility for Australia’s permanent skilled migration scheme.

A separate, longer list – the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List – exists for temporary migrant workers under the 457 visa scheme. 

The occupations flagged for removal range from ‘Accountant’ to ‘Chef’, ‘Barrister’ to ‘Cardiologist’.

The department takes a number of factors into account when determining the list, including demand, supply, time needed for training and education, and the risk to the economy if there’s a skills shortage.

“For each shortlisted occupation, analysis of labour market, education, immigration and economic data is undertaken to assess if the occupation would benefit from skilled migration,” the department says.

The department normally submits its advice to the Immigration Minister in March, with the final list to take effect on July 1 next year.

Current Occupations Flagged for Potential Removal:

  • Production Manager (Mining)
  • Accountant (General)
  • Management Accountant
  • Taxation Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Land Economist
  • Valuer
  • Ship’s Engineer
  • Ship’s Master
  • Ship’s Officer
  • Surveyor
  • Cartographer
  • Other Spatial Scientist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transport Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production or Plant Engineer
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Naval Architect
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Medical Radiation Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Anaesthetist
  • Cardiologist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Intensive Care Specialist
  • Paediatrician
  • Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Medical Practitioners (nec)
  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Psychologists (nec)
  • Chef*
  • Boat Builder and Repairer
  • Shipwright

* Indicates that the occupation excludes positions in fast food or takeaway food service.

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