Australia adds 54 new eligible occupations to immigration list, includes farmers and professional footballers


If you have been thinking of migrating to Australia, now may be the best time to do so.

Australia has just announced some major changes to its immigration system including adding more eligible occupations for permanent and temporary immigration.

The changes to the occupation list have been made based on the country’s Department of Jobs and Small Business according to the labor market.

36 new occupations have been added to the Medium and Long-Term Skill List such as professional football players and tennis coaches.


The list also revealed 18 new occupations to the Regional Occupation List including livestock, beef, dairy, sheep, aquaculture and crop farmers, among other agricultural roles.

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Dentists and anesthetists have also been added to the regional list following the shortage of the professions in the country.

According to the Department of Home Affairs, the update to the skilled occupation list was made to ensure that the skilled foreign workers who wish to enter and work in the country meet Australia’s needs.

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“The Government continues to focus the Migration Program on addressing skills gaps in the economy and these initiatives demonstrate that commitment,” Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman said.

Coleman also said that farmers battling with drought and regional communities will also get to benefit. “We want Australians filling Australian jobs but when this isn’t possible action is needed to ensure farmers can continue to operate,” he said.

The Regional Occupation List allows employers to sponsor overseas employees to live and work in Australia for up to four years in a specified region.

This the list of new occupations that have been added to Medium and Long-Term Skill List:

  1. Arts Administrator or Manager
  2. Dancer or Choreographer
  3. Music Director
  4. Artistic Director
  5. Tennis Coach
  6. Footballer
  7. Environmental Manager
  8. Musician (Instrumental)
  9. Statistician
  10. Economist
  11. Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum
  12. Petroleum Engineer
  13. Engineering Professionals nec
  14. Chemist
  15. Food Technologist
  16. Environmental Consultant
  17. Environmental Research Scientist
  18. Environmental Scientists nec
  19. Geophysicist
  20. Hydrogeologist
  21. Life Scientist (General
  22. Biochemist
  23. Biotechnologist
  24. Botanist
  25. Marine Biologist
  26. Microbiologist
  27. Zoologist
  28. Life Scientists nec
  29. Conservator
  30. Metallurgist
  31. Meteorologist
  32. Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec
  33. University Lecturer
  34. Multimedia Specialist
  35. Software and Applications Programmers nec
  36. Horse Trainer

Meanwhile, this is the 18 new occupations added to the Regional Occupation List:

  1. Aquaculture Farmer
  2. Cotton Grower
  3. Fruit or Nut Grower
  4. Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus)/field crop grower (NZ)
  5. Mixed Crop Farmer
  6. Sugar Cane Grower
  7. Crop Farmers nec
  8. Beef Cattle Farmer
  9. Dairy Cattle Farmer
  10. Mixed Livestock Farmer
  11. Deer Farmer
  12. Goat Farmer
  13. Pig Farmer
  14. Sheep Farmer
  15. Livestock Farmers nec
  16. Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
  17. Dentist
  18. Anesthetist

However, the department also announced 27 occupations which have been removed from the Short-Term Skill Shortage List. Applicants can refer more of the changes on their website.

Credit: Australian Government Department of Home AffairsSBS


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