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Omissions to the Skilled Occupation Lists Announced

3 Jul 2015

Further to Immigration2oz.com's previous news item regarding the skilled occupations list changes, we pointed out that the Department had made a mistake. The Department has today (3rd July) acknowledged the mistake and has taken steps to rectify the matter.

In short the occupation Primary School Teacher will be put back on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). 

It transpires that the Department accidentally omitted Primary School Teacher from the CSOL list on the Legislative Instrument (the law underpinning the occupation list changes). They have announced that the occupation will be reinstated via legislative instrument forthwith, which will backdate the addition as of 1st July 2015. So Primary School Teachers can now breathe, a huge sigh of relief!!

As part of their statement they said that: “There were a small number of omissions in the above instruments and the Department is currently working to rectify these issues as soon as possible.”
The two legislative instruments that they are referring to, that came into effect on 1st July 2015 are:

1.       IMMI 15/092 SPECIFICATION OF OCCUPATIONS, A PERSON OR BODY, A COUNTRY OR COUNTRIES 2015 at www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2015L01059; and
2.       IMMI 15/083 SPECIFICATION OF CLASS OF PERSONS 2015 at www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2015L01018.

The notice goes on to say that:

“Specifically, the Department is preparing new legislative instruments that will:
·                Add Primary School Teacher (ANZSCO 241213) which was omitted from the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) at Schedule 2  of IMMI 15/092; and
·                add Child Care Group Leader (Aus) (ANZSCO 421111, skill level 2) which was omitted from the eligible occupation list for Direct Entry stream of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187 visa) of IMMI 15/083; and
·                include the exemption available to eligible Special Category visa (Subclass 444) and New Zealand Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (Subclass 461) holders from meeting the skill requirement for the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186 visa) of IMMI 15/083. 
 
For clarity, the occupations of Primary School Teacher and Child Care Group Leader (Aus) are still eligible for the relevant visas, and eligible New Zealand Citizens and their families on Subclass 461 visas are still exempt from meeting the skill requirement of the Subclass 186 visa Direct Entry stream. 

New legislative instruments will be released and dated to be in effect from 1 July 2015 to the benefit of clients and to reduce the impact on visa applicants.  Any lodged visa applications in the above occupations or addressing the above skill exemption for Subclass 186 visa Direct Entry stream on or after 1 July 2015 will be valid.”

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection does also thank you for your patience.

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All the best,
From the team at Immigration2oz