Skilled Migration as a way to Improvise Australia during COVID-19


Alex Hawke MP, Australia’s Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs made a recent announcement on the 22nd of June, 2021 with respect to a delightful addition to the nation’s PMSOL (Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List) which will now also cater to a larger range of skilled occupations.

This PMSOL first witnessed its imminent launch during the month of September 2020, as it worked in tandem with the National Skills Commission and had the core responsibility of assuring that vacant spaces for a smaller number of skilled occupations get filled up. This would keep instilling more job opportunities within the nation and also help it recover from the crushing economic conditions currently prevailing due to the strike of the pandemic.

With an additional incoming of 22 new occupations to the PMSOL, the list now accommodates a total of 41 job positions.

These changes were brought about, as stated by Minister Hawke, when the Australian government formed networking connections with a wide variety of small, medium, and large scale industrial organizations, business leaders as well as employers.

Hawke also informed the general public about how the government has been garnering commendable feedback from a variety of the nation’s business stakeholders regarding vacancies among critical skills. The updated list also constitutes data gathered from the National Skills Commission to form the revised version of the PMSOL.

He further emphasized how the Morrison Government was hell-bent on supporting all types of businesses inclusive of skilled migration which could immensely aid in boosting the nation’s economic engine.

The following is a detailed list of the newly added 22 skilled occupations alongside their respective ANZSCO codes:

Occupation Type ANZSCO Code
351311 Chef
233612 Petroleum Engineer
233211 Civil Engineer
233611 Mining Engineer
232213 Cartographer
261211 Multimedia Specialist
233214 Structural Engineer
221112 Accountant (Management)
221113 Accountant (Taxation)
251912 Prosthetist/Orthotist
221214 Internal Auditor
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
261399 Applications and Software Programmers
232214 Other Spatial Scientists
221213 External Auditor
221111 Accountant (General)
262112 ICT Security Specialist
232212 Surveyor
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist
261311 Analyst Programmer
233311 Electrical Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer

Those candidates possessing a relevant Visa and having received sponsorship via an Australian business for either of the above-listed PMSOL occupations will have to cater to their quarantine expenses by themselves.

The currently existing skilled migration job positions’ list shall remain active and visa processing will remain an ongoing activity. However, higher priority would be conferred upon those belonging to one of the occupations listed in the PMSOL.

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