As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge countries and its economies all over the globe, an opportunity has sprung over in Australia. Being the hub of career prospects, the Australian Government has introduced crucial occupations in hopes of strengthening their health and economy.
The acting Minister of the Immigration Alan Tudge has made an announcement of a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) with Senator Michaelia Cash in a joint media release on 2 September 2020.
A full copy of the media release can be found here.
The PMSOL list welcomes 17 occupations in various fields such as construction, IT sector, healthcare that will help support and boost the health and economy of Australia in response to COVID-19.
Under this policy, people who have been recruited by the Australian employer (who also sponsors their visa) in an occupation on the PMSOL will not face any travel ban and their application will undergo priority processing.
Listed below are the 17 occupations (with ANZSCO codes) currently on the PMSOL are:
- Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
- Construction Project Manager (133111)
- Mechanical Engineer (233512)
- General Practitioner (253111)
- Resident Medical Officer (253112)
- Psychiatrist (253411)
- Medical Practitioner (253999)
- Midwife (254111)
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
- Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
- Registered Nurses nec (254499)
- Developer Programmer (261312)
- Software Engineer (261313)
- Maintenance Planner (312911)
The occupations mentioned in the PMSOL were chosen as per the National Skills Commission and other vital agencies. The PMSOL will be updated on a regular basis. However, the Australian businesses have to assure the labour market testing requirements to show that no Australian workers present to fill in the mentioned occupation under PMSOL.
With regard to this, the Australian Government has also announced several concessions for subclasses 887, 888, 188, 790, and 485. The concession period will be commenced on the 1st of February 2020. It will be specifically applied to the applicants and visa holders affected by the COVID-19 situation. The end date of the concession period is yet to be specified.
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