The Australian Government has amended the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) with effect from 1 July 2017. The new regulations affect the temporary and permanent skilled migration programs. Some of the changes are retrospective, so they affect applicants who have submitted applications but whose applications have not yet been decided.
The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) for the 2016-2017 Migration Program Year. The new skilled occupation lists commence on 1 July 2017.
News has begun to circulate regarding the new 2016-2017 Skilled Occupation List for Australian Migration. The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting the latest submissions from various professional bodies about whether they believe there will continue to be skills shortages in their industry.
The submissions form the basis of decision making by the Australian Government when the new skilled occupation list is announced in the next few months, expected to commence on 1 July 2016.
Newsflash: 2016-2017 Skilled Occupation List Announced
The Australian is reporting that the Australian Government has halved the number of spaces under the 2014-2015 SkillSelect Migration Program for Accountants.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will introduce changes to Australian Migration Law and Policy from 1 July 2014.
The Australian has reported that Chefs, Bricklayers and Tilers will be added to the 2014-2015 Skilled Occupation List for Australian Migration.