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Skilled migrants – kick starting the Australian economy post-COVID-19

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It is often said Australia is a country built on the back of migrants who have brought a diversity of skills and culture to enhance our nation. This will be even more important in the post-COVID-19 world.

The Australian government has already identified 17 occupations which will fill critical skills needs that will support Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, based on expert advice from the National Skills Commission and consultation with Commonwealth departments.

Employers who want to sponsor employees on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) will be given priority processing. All other skilled occupation lists will remain active, but the PMSOL occupations will take priority. This is great news for skilled migrants.

The 17 occupations and their ANZSCO codes are:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)

The list is temporary and priority occupations may change as Australia recovers from the pandemic. The Government and the National Skills Commission will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market and assess Australia’s skills needs as they evolve, and new sources of data emerge.

The Government also endorsed the Global Talent visa programme as part of its pos COVID recovery plan which seeks highly skilled candidates in one of the 7 target sectors and attract a salary that meets the high income threshold of $AUD153,600

The Target Sectors are:

  • AgTech (Agricultural technology)
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • FinTech (Financial technology)
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech (Medical technology)
  • Cyber Security
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT Talent​

Candidates must prove they are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding achievements, still be prominent in their field of expertise, provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia in their area of expertise. Places are also available to Masters and PhD students who can demonstrate their exceptional talent and internati​onal recognition across the target sectors.

At FC Lawyers, we have a track record of assisting skilled migrants and employers across a range of industry sectors and professions. 

Contact our expert team to discuss your possible migration options. 

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