Accountants halved in New Skilled Occupation List

updateThe Australian is reporting that the Australian Government has halved the number of spaces under the 2014-2015 SkillSelect Migration Program for Accountants.

Under Australia’s Skilled Migration Program, per-determined occupation ceilings limit the number of visa applications that can be submitted.  The effect of these ceilings has recently been experienced by certain IT professionals and Engineers where invitations are issued ‘pro-rata’ in the latter half of the 2013-2014 migration year.

Although the occupation of Accountants remains on the new Skilled Occupation List, opportunities available will be severely restricted to 3% of the total occupation’s workforce, compared to 6% for most other occupations through the SkillSelect Occupation Ceiling.

The Australian newspaper has reported that:

Senator Cash said the new ­occupational ceiling would limit the number of accountancy places to about 5000 next financial year.

What is the effect of limited places for Accountants?

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s SkillSelect system currently operates on a ranking system, based on the applicant’s skilled migration points score and EOI date of effect.

Accountants should consult a registered migration agent for further advice.  The new 2014-2015 migration program begins on 1 July 2014.


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*This news update is for information purposes only and does not constitute immigration advice. You should not make any decisions based on the information provided in this news update.*