Australian Government set to reassess Skilled Occupation List in accordance with current job demand
April 5, 2016

Australian Commonwealth Government has begun reassessing Skilled Occupation List (SOL), which will open up the door to migrate to Australia for those whose skills & experiences fall under the jobs which are in demand. Referring to various official sources, the following occupations are highlighted.

In Demand

  • Accountants – Employment opportunities for accountants are expected to grow strongly. Accounting courses contribute billions of dollars to the Australian economy.
  • Aged Care Workers – Significant growth is predicted in the need for aged-care skills.
  • Architects – Solid growth in building is expected to increase demand for architects.
  • Bricklayers – There are shortages of bricklayers and blocklayers across the country.
  • Community Service Workers – The ageing population will put increasing demand on community services in coming decades.
  • Electricians – Job openings for electricians are expected to be high until 2019.
  • Engineers – Demand for engineers is expected to continue.
  • Farm Workers – There is a chronic shortage of skilled dairy farm workers.
  • Floor-covering Installers – There are shortages of skilled floor finishers nationally.
  • Glaziers – Future growth is expected, with building design and construction making greater use of glass.
  • Lawyers – The profession reports critical shortages in rural and remote parts of Australia.
  • Secondary Teachers in maths, science and technology – There are shortages of secondary maths, science, technology teachers.
  • Nurses – Shortages of nurses are expected in the next 10 years due to an ageing population and more complex health needs.
  • Occupational Therapists – The ageing population is expected to drive increased demand for occupational therapists.
  • Psychiatrists – There is an acute maldistribution, with severe shortages in rural and remote regions.
  • Psychologists – The retiring workforce may not be replaced in sufficient numbers based on current higher education places.
  • Social Workers – Demand for social workers is expected to grow strongly.
  • Speech Pathologists – Recruitment from overseas remains important for attracting experienced candidates and specialists.
  • Surveyors – There is a shortage of quantity surveyors, cadastral surveyors and building certifiers.
  • Trade Workers – Widespread shortages of skilled trades workers in the construction industry.

Not In Demand

  • Anaesthetists – The industry predicts an oversupply of anaesthetists in 2016 and a balance in supply and demand by 2025
  • Dentists – Newly graduated dentists are having difficulty finding full-time work.
  • Dieticians – There is unlikely to be a shortage of dieticians in the medium to long term.
  • Doctors – The number of medical graduates has doubled in 10 years; there are now more graduates than training opportunities.
  • Intensive-care Specialist Doctors – The profession predicts it will have an oversupply of intensive-care medical specialists in the medium to long term.
  • Optometrists – An oversupply of optometrists is expected in the short term, with a surplus of more than 1200 expected by 2036.
  • Obstetricians & Gynaecologists – The profession says it is well placed to meet demand over the next five to 10 years.
  • Pharmacists – A growing oversupply of pharmacists has been predicted.
  • Radiographers – University graduates overwhelmingly outnumber available clinical placements.
  • Ship Engineers – Demand for ship engineers has fallen in recent times.
  • Primary & TAFE Teachers – Primary school teachers are in over-supply and the VET sector has made many TAFE teachers redundant.
  • Veterinarians – There is an oversupply of vets in the medium to long term, with supply exceeding demand by 50 per cent.

The SOL identifies occupations that would benefit from independent skilled migration to meet the medium to long-term needs of the country’s economy. Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will decide any changes to the list.

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