The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is responsible for suggesting changes to the skilled migration occupation lists and accordingly, publishes a Traffic Light Bulletin outlining the proposed changes. The updates for March 2020 were announced by the Department on 13 December 2019, however, it has been delayed to COVID-19.
According to the Bulletin, 11 occupations were flagged for removal from the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), 17 occupations were flagged for movement between lists, 4 occupations were flagged for addition to the STSOL, and 6 occupations were recommended for a salary caveat.
The Department says, “Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the announcement on updates to the skilled migration occupation lists has been delayed.”
11 occupations flagged for removal from the STSOL are Careers Counsellor, Vehicle Trimmer, Business Machine Mechanic, Animal Attendants and Trainers, Gardener, Hairdresser, Wood Machinist, Massage Therapist, Community Worker, Diving Instructor, and Gymnastics Coach or Instructor.
For detailed Traffic Light Bulletin, click here.