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
|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|
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.
- 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.