Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List – A Unique opportunity to migrate to Australia

On 02nd September 2020, in response to Covid-19 and its devastating impact to the Australian economy and health care system,  the government announced a new priority skills list called Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List or PMSOL
This new category of visa would allow a small number of sponsored skilled workers to return to Australia to fill urgent skills needs in critical sectors, helping to create Australian jobs and rebuild Australia’s economy.
The list initially contained 17 occupations based on advice from the National Skills Commission and consultation with relevant Commonwealth agencies. It has now grown to 44 occupations, the most recent ones being:
Hospital Pharmacist (251511), 
Industrial Pharmacist (251512) 
Retail Pharmacist (251513)
Veterinarian (234711) &
Social Worker (272511)
These occupations in the health care, construction and IT sectors will supercharge both – Australia’s health and its economic response to COVID-19. It is expected that the PMSOL category will strike the right balance for Australia’s economic recovery.

Here is how it works:

 – Visa holders, who have been sponsored by an Australian business in a PMSOL occupation can request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions, but will be subject to a strict 14 days quarantine on arrival at their own expense. (Note – The quarantine rules are changing frequently and all states and territories have their own set of sub-rules or requirements, so it is vital to check the current requirements.)
– The PMSOL would be complemented by strengthened labour market testing requirements.
– Employer-sponsored nomination and visa applications with an occupation on the PMSOL will be given priority processing. All other skilled occupation lists will remain active, but the PMSOL occupations will take priority. These are:
Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)
Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186)
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)
– In addition to the current requirements of two national advertisements, employers must also advertise their vacancy on the Government’s jobactive website.
– Although JobKeeper is keeping many Australians in the workforce, some sectors still need more skilled workers now.
– The occupations were chosen after careful analysis of recent changes to the internet vacancy index, changes in employment, and longer-term stability in the labour market for individual occupations.
– As COVID-19 continues to play out both at home and abroad, the labour market trends will be closely monitored and the skills needs will change accordingly.
 – It is important to remember that the existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed, but priority will be given to those in occupations on the PMSOL.
The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List
The 44 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)
Hospital Pharmacist (251511)*
Industrial Pharmacist (251512)*
Retail Pharmacist (251513)*
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 July 2021
If you have always been thinking of migrating to Australia, now is a good time to act. Remember, always check official government websites for the most updated information. This website will provide current and practical information related to migration and settlement in Australia so sign up and stay tuned. Join the Migrant Ninja Facebook group to connect with other fellow migrants or persons seeking Australian migration information – Link
Note – Always check the official government websites for the latest updates. The link for PMSOL is provided here.

Further Reading

For migration guidance and all the latest news always refer to the government website and authorised channels. Visit Department of Home Affairs for more information.

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