A new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) was announced on Wednesday, 2 September 2020.
The new PMSOL list aims to allow small numbers of sponsored skilled workers to enter Australia to fill urgent skills needed in critical sectors, helping to create Australian jobs and rebuild Australia’s economy.
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 Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).
The PMSOL contains 17 occupations in the health care, construction, and IT sectors:
Offshore visa holders, who have been sponsored by an eligible Australia business in any of the PMSOL occupations will be able to apply for a travel exemption to travel to Australia whilst border restrictions are still in place.
Once the exemption is granted, these persons will be subject to a strict 14 days quarantine on arrival and at their own expense.
The Department are still reviewing applications, but the priority is for those on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List.
The same for those who received a job offer from an Australian business, you won’t receive a visa if you are not on the PMSOL and whilst our borders remain closed to overseas temporary residents.
Temporary residents who are stuck outside of Australia, unfortunately will currently be unable to obtain a travel exemption to enter Australia, unless you are in a critical occupation listed on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment provides advice to the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, incorporating labour market analysis and key themes from the consultation, including additional evidence and data provided by stakeholders. The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business writes to the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs with recommendations for changes to the skilled migration occupation lists. The final list is announced upon the handing down of the Federal Budget.
Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the announcement on updates to the skilled migration occupation lists has been delayed by the Federal Government – it will be handed down in Parliament on 6 October 2020.