How often does an occupation list change 2013-14?

Anzscosearch started collecting data and checking all Australian states occupation lists (visa subclass 190 & 489) in September 2013. During this time, there have been a number of important changes on the lists.

The below information shows the number of updates occurred for each Australian State Nominated Occupation List during programme years 2013-14 and the current 2014-15.

A change on a list is considered to be either a status change on a particular occupation or a massive change affecting the whole list.

Programme year 2013-2014

From 1st September 2013 to 30th June 2014

State List Name #Updates
ACT ACT Occupation List 4
NSW NSW State Skilled Occupation List 11
NT Northern Territory Migration Occupation List 6
QLD Queensland Skilled Occupation List 2
SA State Nominated Occupation List 95
TAS Tasmanian State Migration Plan Occupations List 1
VIC State Nomination Occupation List for Victoria 6
WA Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List 13

australian states occupation list changes

As per above information, 138 updates took place between the 1st of September 2013 and the 30th of June 2014, approximately 1 change every 2 days.

South Australia – SNOL list was the most updated with 95 updates, approximately 1 update every 3 days.

Western Australia was the second most updated list with 13 changes.

On the contrary, the list of Tasmania was updated and released only once.

Highlights
  • The biggest changes usually happen at the start of a new programme year, between July and August. We have also noticed important changes at the beginning of October.
  • Changes would generally occur without previous notice and/or without any reference or post-reference published on official websites.
  • Updates may happen any time, especially for the states of NT, QLD, SA and VIC.

In summary, an unexpected change on a particular occupation list may leave the applicant with no options for a successful state sponsorship application. It is very important to periodically check the list of interest as well as keeping up to date with general Australia migration changes.