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September 24, 2012 – Planning to apply for work in Australia? The annual update of Australia’s Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has now commenced.
The annual update by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) of its advice to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is now being started.
Developed by AWPA (known as Skills Australia before) for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship as part of the reforms to Australia’s General Skilled Migration program, the SOL was created to provide eligible occupations for independent migration to Australia under the Skilled Independent stream of DIAC’s skilled migration program as well as identifies occupations which are of high value and will assist in meeting the medium and long term skill needs of the Australian economy.
As part of this current update, stakeholder input and evidence are now being sought by AWPA to inform the composition of the SOL for 2013.
For those who would like to lodge a submission to the update of the 2013 SOL, you can do so by providing relevant information and data against the questions in the Pro forma for SOL 2013 Submission. You are requested to respond in this format, according to AWPA, as this format will ensure that “all evidence is provided in a consistent and comparable way across occupations.”
For those interested to lodge a submission, AWPA advised to be aware of the new SkillSelect process, which has been introduced by DIAC from July 1, 2012 for a number of Australian skilled visa categories, including the Skilled Independent stream of the skilled migration program to which the SOL applies, and the other changes under the new SkillSelect process, which includes the introduction of occupational ceilings which cap the number of visas granted for each occupation, as well as visas being offered only to the highest points-earners rather than in order of eligible application received, as these may be useful in preparing your submission.
All submissions are due by 16 November 2012 and AWPA recommends that all submissions must be provided using either the PDF or Word pro forma being provided in AWPA’s website.
To lodge your submission, you can email it to SOL@awpa.gov.au.
If you have any questions about lodging a submission to the 2013 SOL update, you can also AWPA contact using the abovementioned email address or by calling (02) 6121 9278.
As for the separate occupation list, the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL), which applies to the Employer Nomination Scheme, State Sponsored Migration, Temporary Business Long Stay (457 visa), and Occupational Trainee visa categories, AWPA states that they are not involved in the development of this list.