The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced that three occupations will be added to the Skilled Occupation List for the 2014/2015 program year. From 1 July 2014 bricklayers, tilers and chefs will be added to the existing list.  No occupations have been removed this year.

For independent and family-sponsored skilled migrants there is a limit on how many invitations are issued for a particular occupation to ensure that Australia’s migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations. Occupational ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses. The Weekend Australian reports that whilst accountants  have been retained on the Skilled Occupation list, the number of invitations available has been reduced.  So, if you are an accountant considering a Skilled migration application, you should consider commencing the application process sooner rather than later as once the occupational ceiling has been reached, no further invitations for visas will be issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for the remainder of the financial year.

The following occupations will be added to the CSOL:

Hydrogeologist (ANZSCO 234413)
Exercise Physiologist (ANZSCO 234915)

The following titles of occupations will be changed:

Ship’s Surveyor will be titled Marine Surveyor (ANZSCO 231215)
General Medical Practitioner will be titled General Practitioner (ANZSCO 253111)

New or changes to skills assessing authorities have been specified for the following occupations:

Nurse Manager (ANZSCO 254311): ANMAC
Nurse Educator (ANZSCO 254211): ANMAC
Nurse Researcher (ANZSCO 254212): ANMAC.
Marine Transport Professional NEC (ANZSCO 231299): VETASSESS