• Alex Halim

Updates to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List (PMSOL).

Immigration minister Alex Hawke MP has announced the inclusion of more occupations to be added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List (PMSOL).

Initially announced in September 2020, the PMSOL was a list of 19 occupations that was developed with the guidance of the National Skills Commission to ensure critical occupations were filled to aid in Australia's response and recovery to the impacts of COVID-19. Occupations that are named on the PMSOL are given priority for employer sponsored nomination and visa applications.

The announcement today adds another 22 occupations to be prioritised, bringing the total to 41. The new occupations are (ANZSCO codes included):

  • Accountant (General) (221111)

  • Accountant (Taxation) (221113)

  • Accountant (Management) (221112)

  • External Auditor (221213)

  • Internal Auditor (221214)

  • Electrical Engineer (233311)

  • Civil Engineer (233211)

  • Structural Engineer (233214)

  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)

  • Transport Engineer (233215)

  • Mining Engineer (233611)

  • Petroleum Engineer (233612)

  • Surveyor (232212)

  • Cartographer (232213)

  • Other Spatial Scientist (232214)

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)

  • Orthotist / Prosthetist (251912)

  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)

  • Analyst Programmer (261311)

  • Software and Applications Programmers (261399)

  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)

  • Chef (351311)

As part of the announcement, Minister Hawke said, “Government has received valuable feedback from Australian business stakeholders on critical skill vacancies, which has been considered together with data from the National Skills Commission, in order to develop today's update to the Priority Migration Skilled Migration List."

Adding, “The Morrison Government will continue to support Australian businesses, including through skilled migration, as the engine room of our nation's economy."

These occupation inclusions have been welcomed by many of their governing professional bodies, including Certified Practising Accountant Australia (CPA Australia); Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Group (CA ANZ); and Engineers Australia (EA).

EA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Bronwyn Evans AM said: "Engineers Australia welcomes the addition of seven engineering occupations to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List."

This is particularly relevant because, "58.5% of engineers in Australia’s labour force are born overseas, compared with 30% for the broader population, which demonstrates a high degree of reliance on skilled migration and the value of this week’s changes to the PMSOL."

CPA Australia general manager of external affairs Dr Jane Rennie highlights the inclusion of accounting professionals on the priority occupation list was necessary to address a growing skill shortage.

CA ANZ group executive Simon Grant also welcomed the move, noting a substantial shortage of external auditors with the current border restrictions.

Those looking to use this opportunity to permanently migrate to Australia should ensure that they have their valid skill assessment outcomes for immigration purposes ready.

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