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London, United KingdomSun Nov 19 07:19am
Migration Matters News


Date: 2004-09-07

New Migration Occupation Demand List Announced


Changes to Australia's skilled migration program will give Australian industry access to a greater range of skilled workers, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Senator Amanda Vanstone and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Kevin Andrews said today.

People who want to come to Australia as skilled migrants must have an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL), which now includes a number of agricultural occupations.

'The SOL now includes environmental research scientists, foresters, park rangers, soil scientists, agricultural scientists and agricultural advisers,' Mr Andrews said.

'Also, the more specific Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL), which gives skilled migrants bonus points under points-tested visa categories, has been extended to include accountants and a number of traditional trade occupations which have been in short supply in many places across the country.

'The MODL will continue to provide streamlined migration to address shortages of medical practitioners, medical specialists, registered nurses and allied health professionals, particularly in regional Australia.'

The MODL now contains 28 occupations across a range of skill levels and industries. This compares to 14 occupations in February 2003, 15 occupations in February 2002 and 22 occupations in February 2001.

'Extending the MODL and the SOL will boost economic growth and job opportunities in regional Australia,' Senator Vanstone said.

She said people can also receive extra points if they have a job offer in their nominated occupation from an organisation that has employed at least 10 people on a full-time basis for the 24 months just before they lodge an application.

The MODL now contains 28 occupations across a range of skill levels and industries. This compares to 14 occupations in February 2003, 15 occupations in February 2002 and 22 occupations in February 2001

'Extending the MODL and the SOL will boost economic growth and job opportunities in regional Australia,' Senator Vanstone said.

She said people can also receive extra points if they have a job offer in their nominated occupation from an organisation that has employed at least 10 people on a full-time basis for the 24 months just before they lodge an application.



MIGRATION OCCUPATIONS IN DEMAND LIST

AUGUST 2004


Occupation ASCO 2 CODE

Professionals
Accountants
2211
Medical Practitioners - General Medical Practitioners 2311-11
Specialist Medical Practitioners 2312
Registered Nurses 2323
Registered Midwives 2324
Registered Mental Health Nurses 2325
Hospital Pharmacists 2382-11
Retail Pharmacists 2382-15
Occupational Therapists 2383
Physiotherapists 2391-11
Medical Diagnostic Radiographers 2385
Radiation Therapists 2391-13
Sonographers 2391-17

Associate Professionals
Chefs (excluding Commis Chef)* 3322 (part)

Tradespersons
Metal Fitter 4112-11
Metal Machinist 4112-13
Toolmaker 4113-11
Metal Fabricator 4122-11
Welder 4122-15
Sheet Metal Worker 4124-11
Motor Mechanic 4211-11
Automotive Electrician 4212-11
Panel Beater 4213-11
Vehicle Painter 4214-11
Refrigeration and Airconditioning Mechanics 4312-11
Pastry Cook 4512-13
Hairdressers** 4931-11
Furniture Upholsterer 4942-11

* Chefs would normally be expected to have a relevant trade certificate or higher qualification, and at least 3 years
relevant experience following the completion of that formal qualification.
** Hairdressers would normally be expected to have a relevant trade certificate or higher qualification, and at least 3 years
relevant experience following the completion of that formal qualification.

Source: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media_releases/media04/v04127.htm




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