On Monday 11 March 2019 the Department of Home Affairs made changes to the Skilled Occupation Lists.
A new legislative instrument LIN 19/051, which is the occupation list used to decide the Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOL) which includes the onshore, offshore and Masters alumni lists for the 190 and 489 visas, has now replaced the former legislative instrument 18/051.
36 new occupations have been added to the Medium to Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and this instrument. These included numerous science occupations such as: Life Scientist (General), Environmental Consultant and Biotechnologist, further Engineering occupations such as Mining Engineer, Petroleum Engineer and Engineering Professionals nec, and University Lecturer which were previously only available for employer sponsorship visas.
27 occupations are also no longer part of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) – meaning they were either moved to the MLTSSL or Regional Occupation List (ROL) or cut from the list. Watch and Clock Maker and Chemical Plant Operator are now no longer available for Queensland State nomination.
There were also an additional 18 occupations added to ROL mainly in farming and the occupations of Dentist and Anaesthetist were also moved to this list.
The Queensland business and skilled programs are currently closed and the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists are currently under review by the Department of Employment Small Business and Training with external stakeholders.
An announcement via the BSMQ website will be made regarding new lists and criteria in early July 2019 when the Queensland programs re-open on our home and latest news pages.