The Department of Higher Education and Training has submitted its preliminary Critical Skills List to the Department of Home Affairs for review and several occupations on the current Critical Skills List have been excluded from the preliminary list. The list is publicly available from the Department of Higher Education and Training’s website and companies should start reviewing it in anticipation of a round of public commentary before it is finalised.
Notably, several occupations on the current Critical Skills List have been excluded from the preliminary list. These include corporate general manager; risk assessor; certain ICT designations; electrical and chemical engineer; toolmaker; pressure welder; boilermaker; certain trades, such as millwright, pipefitter, double-coded welder and rigger; foreign language speaker; and business analyst.
This may concern employers who have difficulty sourcing these skills locally. Visas for foreign nationals listed on the Critical Skills List are typically processed two to six months faster. This puts companies who urgently need to replace scarce workers not on the List at a disadvantage. To make their needs heard, organisations must provide feedback proactively as the opportunity to comment becomes available. This will ensure the finalised list aligns with actual national business requirements.
Organisations are urged to become active players in the final Critical Skills List. This will help ease immigration constraints that may limit access to occupations essential to economic growth.
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