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The federal government is currently reviewing its skilled occupations list.
Mosiqi Acharya

Department of Education
5 Apr 2016 - 1:10 PM  UPDATED 5 Apr 2016 - 3:56 PM

In couple of months, the federal government will release it updated Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for the year 2016-17 which will come into effect on July 1, 2016 .

The federal government is currently reviewing its skilled occupations list.

The Department of Education is responsible for providing advice to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the SOL.

This advice is given based on the submissions gathered by the Department of Education that helps identifies the professions and trades that will be in demand in next five years in Australia and also points out professions whose demand is either declining or the demand is being met locally.

While the process of updating the SOL for 2016-17 is currently underway, the submission process for the 2016-17 Skilled Occupations List ran from 1 October 2015 to 13 November 2015.

In total, 115 submissions by industry, employee representatives, trade and professional organisations, and other stakeholders were received which are now being reviewed for the 2016-17 SOL

Based on these submissions, here’s a glimpse into list of occupations which will be in demand and/or need professionals in coming few years.

  • Accountants
  • Aged-Care Workers
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Nurses
  • ICT Business Analysts
  • Systems Analyst
  • Multimedia Specialists
  • Web Developers
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Developer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software and Application Programmer
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Farm Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Social Workers
  • Surveyors
  • Teachers (secondary)
  • Electricians
  • Bricklayers
  • Carpet Installers
  • Glaziers
  • Trades People (especially in the construction industry)

Here’s a list of occupations where the demand is either being met locally or is declining.

  • Teachers (Primary)
  • Environment Health Officers
  • Anesthetists
  • Dentists
  • Dieticians
  • General Practitioners
  • Intensive Care Doctors
  • Obstetricians
  • Gynecologists
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Radiographers
  • Ship Engineers
  • Veterinarians

Disclaimer: This list has been compiled based on the submissions and recommendations by various industry bodies, employee representatives, trade and professional organisations and other stakeholder. This list is more of a probability than an assurance or an indicator of the 2016-17 Skilled Occupation List being prepared by the Federal Government.

In less than a month of updating their Occupation List, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has closed it nomination program to Overseas Applicant for 2015/16.

New 457 visa rules come into effect from January 2017
This affects families on 457 visas whose children attend public schools