Skilled migration to boost access to emerging occupations

Media Release
  • Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

The Morrison Government is responding to changing workforce needs by inviting stakeholders to provide their feedback in the review of the skilled migration occupation lists. 

The skilled migration occupation lists underpin a range of employer-sponsored, points-tested and state-nominated visa programs and are reviewed regularly. The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is seeking public submissions on proposed changes to the lists.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the consultation process will ensure the skilled migration occupation lists meet the needs of employers across Australia.

“My Department started consultation in September, with over 200 stakeholders attending meetings across states and territories,” Minister Cash said.

“As part of this consultation the department is working closely with stakeholders to identify new and emerging occupations — like data scientist and blockchain manager — not currently reflected on the lists.

“I strongly encourage stakeholders to provide their feedback on the proposed changes, including providing evidence of occupations not currently listed in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations.

“The Government is committed to ensuring that the skilled migration occupation lists keep up with developments in technology and the labour market.

“This review ensures the skilled migration occupation lists moves with the times and, ultimately, can help regional communities grow their communities and their economies.”

Stakeholders have until 12 February 2020 to provide feedback in response to the proposed changes on the department’s website: www.employment.gov.au/SkilledMigrationList

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