One of the many changes in the migration policy, the most surprising, yet relieving for many, was the addition of three new occupations in to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The lucky new entries into the list are chefs, bricklayers and wall/floor tilers.
According to Minister for Trade and Investment the Hon. Andrew Robb, the decision had been taken after analysing evidence such as the labour market, education and training, migration and general economic and demographic data to ensure a balance.
The SOL is used for people applying for the independent or family sponsored points tested visa or temporary graduate (subclass 485) – graduate work stream. Before prospective migrants can apply for independent skilled migration, they must submit an
expression of interest via SkillSelect.
No existing occupation has been removed from the SOL, which currently lists 188 occupations that Australia needs.
In addition, two occupations were also added to the Consolidated SOL (CSOL): hydrogeologist and exercise physiologist. Some titles have been changed.