Effective July 1, 2017 separate lists will be referred to for different visa subclasses:
Training Visa - SC 407 - See IMMI 17/071
Employer Nominated Visa - SC 186 - See IMMI 17/080
Temporary Work Skilled - SC 457 - See IMMI 17/060
Skilled Independent - SC 189 - See IMMI 17/072
Skilled Regional - SC489 - See IMMI 17/072
Skilled Nominated - SC 190 - See IMMI 17/072
Temporary Graduate - SC 485 - IMMI 17/072
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme - SC 187 - IMMI 17/058
Contact us to ask if your occupation is included in any of these list and which visa you can apply for.
Defence Force Senior Officer
Public Relations Manager
Policy and Planning Manager
Research and Development Manager
Importer or Exporter
Production Manager (Manufacturing)
Production Manager (Mining)
Medical Administrator (Aus) / Medical Superintendent (NZ)
Regional Education Manager
Commissioned Defence Force Officer
Commissioned Fire Officer
Commissioned Police Officer
Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member
Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager
Licensed Club Manager
Bed and Breakfast Operator
Retirement Village Manager
Betting agency Manager
Travel Agency Manager
Amusement Centre Manager
Call or Contact Centre Manager
Railway Station Manager
Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator
Cinema or Theatre Manager
Financial Institution Branch Manager
Entertainer or Variety Artist
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers nec
Music Professionals nec
Painter (Visual Arts)
Potter or ceramic artist
Media Producer (excluding Video)
Art Director (Film, Television or Stage)
Director of Photography
Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors nec
Human Resource Adviser
Workplace Relations Advisor
Training and Development Professional
Migration Agent (Aus)
Market Research Analyst
Sales Representative (Industrial Products)
Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
Air Traffic Controller
Air Transport Professionals nec
Marine Transport Professionals nec
Production or Plant Engineer
Life Scientist (General)
Life Scientists nec
Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec
Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades)
Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)
Drama Teacher (Private Tuition)
Environmental Health Officer
ICT Support and Test Engineers nec
Intellectual Property Lawyer
Community Arts Worker
Operating Theatre Technician
Pathology Collector (Aus) / Phlebotomist (NZ)
School Laboratory Technician
Surveying or Spatial Science Technician
Civil Engineering Technician
Electronic Engineering Draftsperson
Electronic Engineering Technician
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
Building and Engineering Technicians nec
ICT Support Technicians nec
Telecommunications Network Planner
Metal Casting Trades Worker
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
Saw Maker and Repairer
Electrical Linesworker (Aus) / Electrical Line Mechanic (NZ)
Telecommunications Cable Jointer
Butcher or Smallgoods Maker
Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker
Small Offset Printer
Canvas Goods Fabricator
Leather Goods Maker
Dressmaker or Tailor
Clothing Trades Workers nec
Gas or Petroleum Operator
Gallery or Museum Technician
Broadcast Transmitter Operator
Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer
Television Equipment Operator
Optical Dispenser (Aus) / Dispensing Optician (NZ)
Fire Protection Equipment Technician
Technicians and Trades Workers nec
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker
Parole or Probation Officer
Defence Force Member - Other Ranks
Emergency Service Worker
Funeral Workers nec
Travel Attendants nec
First Aid Trainer
Dog or Horse Racing Official
Other Sports Official
Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) / Court Collections Officer (NZ)
Insurance Risk Surveyor
Stock and Station Agent
Starting February 2015, NSW will implement selection-based invitation process. Before prospective candidates can apply for NSW nomination, they should have been first selected from Skillselect and invited by NSW Trade and Investment. NSW will rank candidates based on their points score, English ability, and then their skilled employment. Those that have the same score, they will be ranked based on the date and time that their EOI was selected in SkillSelect.
The new NSW Occupation list will be published in the first week of 2015.
Visit NSW Trade and Investment website for more details.
SC 190 / 489
SC 188 - Provisional
SC 888/892/893/132 - Permanent
SC 405 - Retiree
EN - RCB advice by State govt
A 50% increase to application fees
for partner visa subclasses is expected from the 1st of January, as follows:
* Provisional and permanent partner visas - currently $3085 increased to $4627.50
* Prospective marriage visa - currently $3085 increased to $4627.50
* Temporary and permanent partner visas - currently $4575 increased $6865.50
More information can be
found on the Department's website.
If your country is not listed above, contact your agent to determine if your country is on the current list.
The next round of applications for NSW State sponsorship for Subclass 190 visas will open on 22 October 2014 at 10 am. NSW Trade and Investment has temporarily suspended some occupations for this round, in an effort to ensure a more equitable spread of occupations.
The suspended occupations are:
More details in NSW website
As of 1 August 2014, electronic lodgement of the Subclass 600 (Visitor) visa has been extended to 66 additional countries and territories.
The 66 additional countries and territories are: Angola, Anguilla, Armenia, Benin, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Cayman Islands, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Falkland Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, the Philippines, the Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the Republic of South Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Uzbekistan, the Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Visitor Visa Policy (DIBP)
Visa applicants applying from outside Australia and those who have spent a period of 28 days or longer on or after 5 May 2014 in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia or Syria, or in any combination of these countries, should be vaccinated against polio prior to their departure.
Applicants lodging new applications should provide this at the time of lodgement. Applicants attending a medical appointment with a panel physician should take their certificate to the medical appointment.
If the applicant does not provide the vaccination certificate at the time they apply, or at the time they undertake their medical appointment, their case officer may request evidence of polio immunisation status and this could delay the visa application.
Source: MIA Notice 84.2014
The Subclass 186 and 187 policy relating to start up businesses has changed from 1 July 2014.
The following has been added to the latest
A start-up business must provide business activity statements for each complete quarter from the time of commencement of operations up until the time the nomination is lodged. The start-up business will not be determined to have been actively operating until the ABN and/or ACN of the business has been registered in addition to the business physically operating.
The result of this is that, if a business has operated for a long period of time but has changed ownership or structure resulting in a new ABN and ACN being required, this business is now considered a start-up business.
Source: MIA Notice 79.2014
Persons are no longer able to apply for these visa classes from 2 June 2014
Specifics concerning the date the necessary regulatory changes will take effect have not yet been settled and we will get earliest advice to you and your industry colleagues once these details become clear. The announcement in the Budget papers concerns the cessation of new applications under the Other Family and Non-Contributory Parent visa categories and didn’t make reference to “capping at zero” or other measures, that would affect applications validly lodged prior to the cessation date.
DIBP announced that due to a large number of applications, there will be a limit of 35 invitations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Sponsored) visas until further notice. This change started December 16 2013 invitation round.
Please note that this will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or territory nominated) visas and nominations for these visas can continue
Source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection website
The Australian Industry Group is urging the federal government to increase the immigration intake from 190,000 this financial year to 220,000 for the 2015 financial year with an emphasis on skilled immigrants.