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Recent Big Changes to the Skills Shortages List

Australia has announced some major changes to its immigration system, including eligible occupations for permanent and temporary immigration.

The changes to the occupation lists have been made following consultation with the Department of Jobs and Small Business based on the labour market advice provided by the department.

Australia's visa rules have been relaxed to make it easier for farmers to hire skilled seasonal workers. Sponsored sportspeople and artists will also be able to get new eight-year visas.

In the latest update, 36 new occupations have been added to the Medium and Long-Term Skill List, including professional footballers and tennis coaches. Footballers and tennis coaches are among eight professions in the sports and arts sectors added to the long-term skills list.

The latest update to the Skilled Occupation Lists includes adding 18 new occupations to the Regional Occupation List. The occupations include livestock, beef, dairy, sheep, aquaculture and crop farmers, among other agricultural roles. The category of dentist and anaesthetist have also been added to the regional list to meet skill shortages

The Regional Occupation List allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to live and work in Australia for up to four years for the sponsoring employer in a specified region. The government introduced a pathway to permanent residency for the sponsored workers in designated areas, besides concessions in English language, salary and work experience requirements

New occupations added to MLTSSL

Arts Administrator or Manager  

Dancer or Choreographer

Music Director

Artistic Director

Tennis Coach


Environmental Manager  

Musician (Instrumental)



Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum

Petroleum Engineer

Engineering Professionals nec


Food Technologist

Environmental Consultant

Environmental Research Scientist

Environmental Scientists nec



Life Scientist (General




Marine Biologist



Life Scientists nec




Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec

University Lecturer

Multimedia Specialist

Software and Applications Programmers nec

Horse Trainer

18 occupations added to the Regional Occupation List

Aquaculture Farmer

Cotton Grower

Fruit or Nut Grower

Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus)/field crop grower (NZ)

Mixed Crop Farmer

Sugar Cane Grower

Crop Farmers nec

Beef Cattle Farmer

Dairy Cattle Farmer

Mixed Livestock Farmer

Deer Farmer

Goat Farmer

Pig Farmer

Sheep Farmer

Livestock Farmers nec

Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer



To see if you are eligible for one of the new visa paths send us an email to - David Dadic

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