Jobs and Skills Australia – Draft Occupation Lists

28 March 2024 – Jobs and Skills Australia has released their draft occupation lists which will impact which occupations will be eligible for sponsorship through the 482 programme and which will not be eligible for sponsorship.

At the moment, these are draft lists only and the Australian Government has reached out to garner submission from industry and varied stake holders.

Jobs and Skills Australia has developed a Migration Labour Market Indicator Model, that it will use alongside deep stakeholder engagement, to develop and then provide advice to the Government on the occupation lists. This Model builds on the Skills Priority List, also taking into consideration how well migrants do in the labour market on arrival, reliance on sponsored skilled visa holders relative to employment size, vacancy data, domestic labour market supply and other relevant factors.

The consultation process on the occupation lists includes surveys, submissions, bilateral meetings and qualitative analysis (including focus groups and in-depth interviews). Jobs and Skills Australia is interested in obtaining feedback from businesses both with and without skill shortages, and from Australian and migrant workers and job seekers.

The draft CSOL is released for consultation purposes only. It does not represent the final advice that Jobs and Skills Australia will provide to Government, nor is it a decision of Government. The draft list is categorised into three groups:

1        Skilled occupations that Jobs and Skills Australia is confident should be on the occupation list—stakeholders are able to provide feedback on these occupations. https://www.jobsandskills.gov.au/topics/migration-strategy/draft-core-skills-occupations-list-csol-consultation/draft-csol-confident-on-list

2        Skilled occupations that Jobs and Skills Australia suggests should be targeted for stakeholder feedback—for these occupations the authority is particularly interested in labour market surveys and independent research, business recruitment experiences, and the views of Australian and migrant workers and jobseekers. https://www.jobsandskills.gov.au/topics/migration-strategy/draft-core-skills-occupations-list-csol-consultation/draft-csol-confident-off-list

3        Skilled occupations that Jobs and Skills Australia suggests should not be on the occupation list—stakeholders are able to provide feedback on these occupations. https://www.jobsandskills.gov.au/topics/migration-strategy/draft-core-skills-occupations-list-csol-consultation/draft-csol-targeted-consultation

We encourage everyone to make a submission on this important review into the occupation lists.