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SKILLED VISA NEWS – what you really need to know

The Department of Home Affairs has kindly informed AR LAW Services of the following updates on the Australian visa program:

A six-monthly review cycle of the occupation lists was established by the Australian Government in April 2017 to ensure that the skilled occupations lists appropriately reflect genuine needs in the Australian labour market, and align with the Government’s policy that Australian workers have priority.

Updates to the occupation lists for temporary and permanent skilled visas will come into effect on or about 17 January 2018. This update is based on the review conducted by the Department of Jobs and Small Business (DJSB) in late 2017, which is now complete. This review was informed by labour market modelling and analysis, and feedback from employer and employee groups, and other government agencies.

The Department of Home Affairs has recently re-structured its occupation list web page to make it easier for clients to determine which occupations are eligible for particular skilled visa programs. This page will be updated again once the new skilled occupation lists come into in effect to reflect the changes. A summary of the changes will, however, be made available prior to this date.


  • The new occupation list instruments, which come into effect, will not be applied to pipeline applications. This includes the new instrument that relates to the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) program.
  • The next occupation list instruments will be published in March 2018 for the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186), the Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187) and the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa consistent with the broader legislative changes being implemented at this time.
  • To align the Training (subclass 407) visa with other visa programs, a number of occupations which were previously not eligible for this visa will be available when the instrument comes into effect.

So if you have any issues issues regarding how the changes may effect you book an appointment with us now.

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