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May 2017

15th May

Visa charges increase

As part of the 2017-18 Budget, the Government announced a number of changes to existing Visa Application Charges (VACs).

From 1 July 2017, visa charges for
visa Subclass 189 Skilled - Independent, visa Subclass 190 Skilled - Nominated and visa Subclass 489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional) are as follows:

** Primary Applicant: $3,670
** Adult Dependent: $1,835
** Child Dependent: $920

See the full list of visa and prices >> here

April 2017

Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa

The Turnbull Government will safeguard Australian jobs by abolishing the Subclass 457 Visa for

18th April

Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa

The Turnbull Government will safeguard Australian jobs by abolishing the Subclass 457 Visa for foreign workers and creating a new temporary visa restricted to critical skills shortages.

The implementation of these reforms will begin immediately and will be completed in March 2018.

This will ensure Australian workers are given the absolute first priority for jobs, while businesses will be able to temporarily access the critical skills they need to grow if skilled Australians workers are not available >> Read more

Eligible skilled occupations

Effective 19 April 2017. Only certain occupations are approved for use under Australia’s permanent and temporary skilled visa programmes. These occupations are listed in a legislative instrument that contains two schedules or 'occupation lists' that apply to different visa programmes.

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous 'Skilled Occupation List' (SOL) and is available in Schedule 1 of the relevant legislative instrument.
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) replaced the previous 'Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List' (CSOL) and is available in Schedule 2 of the relevant legislative instrument.

Reference >> here

10th April

Effective 10 April 2017. Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) has temporarily suspended the acceptance of all applications for Queensland Skilled Visa Nominations under the State Nominated scheme Subclass 190 & 489, due to having reached our DIBP allocated ceiling.  BSMQ will advise shortly as to when the nomination process will reopen >> See reference here

March 2017

28th March

New Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL). Only 21 occupations.
The State Government will be consulting with industry to develop a new list which is expected to be complete and operational in late May 2017.


25th March

Occupation Ceilings reached for below Unit groups (program year 2016-1017).

You will not be invited to apply for Skilled Independent visa Subclass 189 if your occupation is one of the following:

Computer Network Professionals (2631):

  • 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • 263112 Network Administrator
  • 263113 Network Analyst

Other Engineering Professionals (2339):

  • 233911 Aeronautical Engineer
  • 233912 Agricultural Engineer
  • 233913 Biomedical Engineer
  • 233914 Engineering Technologist
  • 233915 Environmental Engineer
  • 233916 Naval Architect
  • 233999 Engineering Professionals nec
8th March

New update NSW 489 - Skilled Occupation List.

New occupations added and new options for NSW Regional Skilled Migration.

  • 1 occupation added to Orana (141311 - Hotel or Motel Manager)
  • 1 occupation added to Northern Inland (233311 - Electrical Engineer)
  • 10 new occupation added to Riverina (351411 - Cook; 234711 - Veterinarian; 323211 - Fitter (General); 342111 - Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic, and 7 more..)

February 2017

1st February

Western Australia released a new Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) with important changes. 35 occupations were removed, and 9 new occupations were added. Check on Anzscosearch if your occupation is still on demand.

January 2017

27th January

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland ADDED again occupation 232112 Landscape Architect which was mistakenly removed. It took them more than 1 week to fix this and make the change. However the list still contains some errors (check here).

23rd January

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) rectified and removed all the occupations added by mistake on the 19th January, AND they also removed 232112 Landscape Architect.

If there are no other errors (let´s see 😐 ), with respect to the previous list (7th December 2016) only 1 occupation has been removed: 232112 Landscape Architect.

19th January

Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL)

On the 19th January 2017, Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) released a new website with a new design, content and information.

The Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists were also updated and migrated to a new web based format (instead of the PDF documents).

A part from the usual mistakes and inconsistences found once a new QSOL list is released (check here: https://www.anzscosearch.com/queenslad-qsol-2016-17-too-many-errors-part-2/ ), the new changes are as follows.

New occupations ADDED on the QSOL list (Offshore or Interstate list):

133111: Construction Project Manager
223311: Training and Development Professional
252312: Dentist
311213: Medical Laboratory Technician
311215: Pharmacy Technician
312111: Architectural Draftsperson
312112: Building Associate
312114: Construction Estimator
312211: Civil Engineering Draftsperson
312212: Civil Engineering Technician

Surprisingly the new occupations added are the same that were removed on the last update made on the 7th December 2016 (see below). Did BSMQ take the wrong list when migrating the website? 😐

December 2016

7th December

Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL)

An updated Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) – Offshore and Interstate list has been released. The following occupations have been removed:

133111: Construction Project Manager
223311: Training and Development Professional
252312: Dentist
311213: Medical Laboratory Technician
311215: Pharmacy Technician
312111: Architectural Draftsperson
312112: Building Associate
312114: Construction Estimator
312211: Civil Engineering Draftsperson
312212: Civil Engineering Technician


November 2016

29th November

There have been recently some news that indicate that the 52 occupations on the Flagged Occupation list may potentially be removed from the SOL in the future.

As you may know, the significant impact is that applicants under these occupations will no longer be able to apply for visa subclass 189.

Read below some interesting articles:

09th November

State Nomination Occupation List for Victoria

Due to a large volume of skilled visa nomination applications received, applications for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations will not be accepted from 11 November 2016 to 6 March 2017.

The occupations affected are:

135112   ICT Project Manager
261111   ICT Business Analyst
261112   Systems Analyst
261311   Analyst Programmer
261312   Developer Programmer
261313   Software Engineer
261314   Software Tester
261399   Software and Applications Programmers nec
262111   Database Administrator
262112   ICT Security Specialist
263111   Computer Network and Systems Engineer

September 2016

13th September

Important announcement from ACT - Canberra affecting only overseas residents.

From 13 September 2016, applications for ACT nomination from overseas residents will not be accepted. If you are living overseas you will not be able to commence an application for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa until the program reopens in 2017. Applications lodged on or before 13 September 2016 will be processed in queue order.

12th September

An extra 5 points for 'specialist educational qualifications' are now available under the Points Test for Subclass 189, Subclass 190 and Subclass 489 visas for applicants who have achieved Australian qualifications at a higher level in fields where shortages have been identified in Australia. The change is intended to enhance pathways to permanent residency for certain Australian graduates. To be entitled to points, the applicant must meet the requirements for award by an Australian educational institution of either a master degree by research or a doctoral degree (PhD), and, the degree must include study for at least 2 academic years at the institution in a field prescribed by legislative instrument.

August 2016

31st August

A new ACT Occupation List has been published today.

With respect to the previous list, the following 11 occupations are now OPEN for nomination:

132111    Corporate Services Manager
223111    Human Resource Adviser
223112    Recruitment Consultant
223113    Workplace Relations Adviser
232411    Graphic Designer
232412    Illustrator
232413    Multimedia Designer
232414    Web Designer
233511    Industrial Engineer
233512    Mechanical Engineer
233513    Production or Plant Engineer

On the other hand, 12 occupations are now CLOSED:

131112    Sales and Marketing Manager
131113    Advertising Manager
131114    Public Relations Manager
133211    Engineering Manager
141111    Cafe or Restaurant Manager
222312    Financial Investment Manager
224412    Policy Analyst
224711    Management Consultant
224712    Organisation and Methods Analyst
271311    Solicitor
411411    Enrolled Nurse
411412    Mothercraft Nurse

Access official list >> here

22nd August

A new revised #QSOL (Queensland Skilled Occupation List) has been released today with some important updates.

Offshore and interstate applications are no longer accepted for the following occupation categories:

- All ICT occupation categories
- Engineering Technician

Further information >> here

1st August

From Monday 1st August 2016, BSMQ (Business & Skilled Migration Queensland) has stopped accepting new applications only for offshore applicants >> read more

July 2016

14th July

A new Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) will be released and come into effect as of Monday 25 July 2016.

BSMQ will suspend processing Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Thursday 14 July until Friday 22 July 2016 in order to update the relevant fact sheets and application forms, and the new QSOL on this website. >> read more

5th July

Check at the following link a summary with some of the changes introduced on this new financial year 2016-17 >> read more

June 2016

15th June

The following lists for the new program year have already been released:

3rd June

Important changes for ICT Occupations from 4th July 2016. Immigration SA will require offshore applicants for ICT occupations that appear on the South Austalia‬ Stated Nominated Occupation List to have a minimum of 70 points (including state nomination points) on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection points test. This will apply to any occupation involving a skills assessment from the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Official information can be found here.

May 2016

16th May

A new legislative instrument has been released containing the new SOL and CSOL list for the next program year 2016-2017.

If there are no other changes, the new list will take effect on 1st July 2016.

SOL / CSOL list changes to be applied on 1st July 2016


The following 9 occupations will be REMOVED from the SOL list:

233611: Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
233612: Petroleum Engineer
234912: Metallurgist
251311: Environmental Health Officer
251312: Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
411211: Dental Hygienist
411212: Dental Prosthetist
411213: Dental Technician
411214: Dental Therapist


The following 2 occupations will be ADDED to the SOL list:

252711: Audiologist
251912: Orthotist or Prosthetist

The new changes will be updated on Anzscosearch on 1st July. Until then, the current list applies.

Official information can be found here.

6th May

Australia and Singapore have agreed the introduction of two new visa initiatives that will enhance tourism, youth mobility and business.

Both countries have agreed to implement a Work and Holiday visa arrangement for young adults. The Work and Holiday arrangement will make available 500 places in each country per year with the potential for growth in future years.

Further information [here]

April 2016

14th April

Northern Territory Migration Occupation List. New list released with some major changes:

- 63 NEW occupations were added
- 24 occupations were removed


March 2016

18th March

ACT Occupation List

All occupations are now CLOSED for overseas applicants. Effective from 18 March 2016 at 4:00pm AEST. If you are living overseas you are not able to apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa until the program reopens in July 2016.

[View more]

February 2016

24th February

New Work & Holiday visa arrangement between Australia and Hungary has been signed today. The arrangement will be capped at 200 places each year.

The commencement date will be announced on the Department’s website: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462- and on the Australian Embassy in Germany’s website: http://germany.embassy.gov.au/

[View more]

Januray 2016

28th January

The NSW 489 Regional Skilled Occupation List has been updated.

The following occupations have been added to Far South Coast:

  • 135111 (Chief Information Officer)
  • 261112 (Systems Analyst)
  • 261313 (Software Engineer)
  • 263111 (Computer Network and Systems Engineer)
  • 321111 (Automotive Electrician)
  • 321211 (Motor Mechanic (General))
  • 321212 (Diesel Motor Mechanic).

1 occupation has been removed from Orana: 234411 (Geologist)

1 occupation has been removed from Northern Inland: (221213 - External Auditor)

12th January

New Work and Holiday arrangements with the Slovak Republic and Slovenia have commenced this year.

There will be an annual limit of 200 work and holiday visas for Slovak nationals and 200 work and holiday visas for Slovenian nationals.

Other countries with W&H visa arrangements are: Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey the United States and Uruguay.

Furhter information here

November 2015

19th November

The  NSW 489 Skilled Occupation List (subclass 489) has been updated and the following occupations have been removed from regional areas:

Removed from Orana:

  • 221112 Management Accountant
  • 221113 Taxation Accountant
  • 221213 External Auditor

Removed from Northern Inland:

  • 232611 Urban & Regional Planner

October 2015

9th October

Today, the Department of Training and Workforce Development has released the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) for 2015-2016.

The State nomination criteria will remain the same.

As we work to provide and effective, professional and reliable service, this list has already been loaded into Anzscosearch.

[View more]

8th October

The new Queensland Skilled Occupation List - QSOL has already been released. 3 streams are avaliable for Skilled visa:

  • Applicants already working in Queensland >> see more
  • Applicants Outside of Queensland or Overseas >> see more
  • Applicants that have completed a Masters Degree or PhD at a Queensland institution in Queensland in the last two years >> see more

Queensland has drastically reduced the number of occupations available for visa subclass 190 for applicants outside QLD or overseas. With respect to the previous list where 87 occupations were available, on this new list only 34 occupations are open for nomination.

As usual, you can check all the lists on Anzscosearch by accessing the Search by State (only 'Outside QLD or Overseas' stream is available for Queensland).

2nd October

New Queensland Skilled Occupatin List - QSOL will come into effect 8 October 2015.

From 8 October 2015:

  • Amendments to occupations available for Queensland nomination
  • A new stream is available under the subclass 190 visa for migrants who are already working in Queensland under another visa subclass.

[View more]

September 2015

23rd September

State Nomination Occupation List for Victoria changes.

  • Following occupations have been removed: 231212 - Ship's Engineer & 133211 - Engineering Manage.
  • Following "Automotive Trades" occupations have been removed: 321111 - Automotive Electrician, 321211 - Motor Mechanic (General), 324111 - Panelbeater, 324311 - Vehicle Painter
  • The requirement for 224113 - Statistician to have science experience has been removed.

Changes to be effective from Monday 26 October. [View more]

22nd September
  • The new Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement between Australia and the People's Republic of China commenced. 1500 visas are initially available. [View more]
18th September
  • A new Occupation Ceiling list has been released this morning. The significant note is that Unit Group 2212 (Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers) has already reached its ceiling value. [View more]
16th September
  • Today the new Turnbull Government introduced legislation to the Parliament to make it a criminal offence for a sponsor company to receive payment in return for sponsoring a worker for a 457 visa. Assistant Immigration minister Michaelia Cash said the legislation introduced sends a very clear message to those who are tempted to engage in this type of activity: 'Those who think they can get away with this kind of behaviour take note - we will target you and we will bring you to justice'. [View more]
8th September
  • Due to high demand, Immigration SA will be raising the requirement for the high point category from 80 points to 85 points. This change is to still allow an avenue for high point scoring applicants. This policy will come into effect on the 22 September 2015 and all high point applications submitted from this date will need to meet the new requirement [View more]

August 2015

18th August
  • The new ACT Occupation List for Canberra has been released today. The following occupations have been added and now are OPEN for nomination: 233211: Civil Engineer, 233212: Geotechnical Engineer, 233213: Quantity Surveyor, 233214: Structural Engineer and 233215: Transport Engineer. [View more]
12th August
  • Visa holders in Australia can now check their visa information anywhere, anytime using the new myVEVO App for smartphones. myVEVO provides a fast and convenient way to check your Australian visa work rights, study rights, travel conditions and expiry date. You can also send your entitlement details to any email address you like. [View more]

July 2015

31st July
  • The new NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List 2015-16 has been released. As it was expeceted, there have been very few changes. The following occupations have been removed: 232611 (Urban & Regional Planner), 252311 (Dental Specialist), 252312 (Dentist). [View more]
  • Anzscosearch is introducing a new type of search based on a Task. If you are not sure about your ANZSCO code, this search will help you identifying which one is the most suitable to your skills. [View more]
15th July
  • Occupation 241213: Primary School Teacher was inadvertently left off in the last CSOL specified by legislative instrument on 1st July 2015 (IMMI15/092).
    Today, a new legislative instrument (IMMI 15/108) has been implemented to include this occupation again in the CSOL list. However is backdated to take effect from 1 July 2015 so as not to disadvantage anyone. The two instruments will operate together. [View more]
13th July
  • NSW 190 Program 2015-16: NSW is continuing to select and invite candidates against the current NSW Skilled Occupation Lists. They aim to publish the 2015-16 list by the end of July 2015. [View more]
6th July
  • The Australian Government is pleased to confirm that Australia has negotiated a Work and Holiday Arrangement with China. This arrangement will allow up to 5000 young Chinese people with tertiary education and English skills to experience a working holiday in Australia. The arrangement will be implemented later in 2015. The date that visa applications will be accepted by Australia will be announced on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website. [View more]
3rd July
  • New Occupation Ceilings list for program year 2015-16. With respect to the previous year, 1 Occupation ID / Unit Group has been removed: 2523 (Dental Practitioners); and 2 Unit Group have been added: 3241 (Panelbeaters) & 3941 (Cabinetmakers). [View more]
2nd July
  • The ACT Occupation List will be updated in August 2015 when the demand for occupations on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) is reassessed. [View more]
1st July
  • South Australia - State Nominated Occupation Lists.
    80 occupations have been removed from the State Occupations list with respect to the previous list. On the other hand, 85 new occupations have been added.
  • New SOL and CSOL list program year 2015-2016.

A new legislative instrument has been published specifying the SOL and CSOL from 1 July 2015 (IMMI15/092):

Removal from SOL and added to CSOL

232611: Urban and Regional Planner
252311: Dental Specialist
252312: Dentist

Removed from CSOL and added to SOL

324111: Panelbeater
394111: Cabinetmaker

Removed from CSOL

241213: Primary School Teacher

June 2015

30th June
  • South Australia: State Nominated Occupation Lists are currently undergoing maintenance. Please return from mid-day 1 July 2015 for the updated list. [View more]
  • From tomorrow 1st July, there will be a new website for the Department of Immigration which will be located at www.border.gov.au. From this date, internet searches for immi.gov.au and customs.gov.au will redirect to the new address. [View more]
  • New English language standards for all health professionals (with the exception of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice) for the purposes of registration that come into effect from 1 July 2015. The changes provide new pathways for evidence of English language skills to be demonstrated and apply to all applicants for initial registration regardless of whether they qualified in Australia or overseas. The revised standards can be found on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website [View more].