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Updated Priority Skills List

The Department of Home Affairs has updated the Priority Skills List (‘PSL’) in June 2021 to include roles such as a broad range of IT occupations, Accountants and Chefs. 

It’s important to remember that being on the PSL doesn’t mean you can quickly get a visa using one of these occupations. What does happen is that valid applications where PSL occupations are nominated will get priority in processing and offshore applications can progress, subject to an entry exemption application being made.

Also be aware that even if your occupation is on the PSL it does not mean all State Governments are sponsoring these applications, for 190 or 491 visas, as each State Government maintains its own priority list.

It is good to see Chef on the list and those offshore who have an Australian business willing to sponsor can make applications and seek to enter.

You must still comply with all visa requirements in making a valid application. Our expert immigration lawyers can help provide guidance and advice as you manage your application, ask us a question and nominate your price for the answer here

The 41 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Accountant (General) (221111)*
  • Management Accountant (221112)*
  • Taxation Accountant (221113)*
  • External Auditor (221213)*
  • Internal Auditor (221214)*
  • Surveyor (232212)*
  • Cartographer (232213)*
  • Other Spatial Scientist (232214)*
  • Civil Engineer (233211)*
  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)*
  • Structural Engineer (233214)*
  • Transport Engineer (233215)*
  • Electrical Engineer (233311)*
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (233611)*
  • Petroleum Engineer (233612)*
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)*
  • Veterinarian (234711)
  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (251912)*
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioners nec (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)
  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)*
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)*
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399)*
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)*
  • Social Worker (272511)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)
  • Chef (351311)*

* Indicates occupation added in June 2021

(Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/employing-and-sponsoring-someone/sponsoring-workers/pmsol)

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