Visa Migration Services Australia

Where the future jobs will be


An article in today’s The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) provides some insight into Australian occupation trends and their impact on the Skilled Occupations List and Skilled Consolidated Occupations List. 

Both lists are used by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) as a means of establishing which occupations are eligible for certain visas. If an occupation is not on the relevant list a visa applicant is not eligible to apply for the visa.

The lists are influenced by the supply and demand in occupations and such figures also determine how many spaces are available for migrants looking to make a visa application to work in their nominated occupation in Australia. 

The article presented some surprising conclusions, one of which is that due to an increase in the use of glass in commercial buildings more glaziers are needed. 

Other occupations that will require more people are accountancy and community service workers and aged care providers. Indeed, the need for aged care providers is vital. 

Recently, Visa Migration Services Australia represented a person with their application for review before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT - an independent body which reviews immigration refusals). This lady had her carer visa application refused. Our research – which included ringing up to 20 aged care home care providers - concluded that the resources available for at-home elderly care are scarce with waiting lists of up to 80-100 people to be processed before an application for care would be reviewed. A review occurs only once a person receiving care is no longer receiving assistance (they move to an aged care facility or are deceased).

The need for in-home care in this case was extremely important and, thankfully, the AAT agreed and remitted the decision to DIBP. It highlights that the aged-care sector will grow over the next 20 years presenting job opportunities in Australia and for migrants looking for temporary residence or permanent residence.

Some occupations are experiencing an oversupply of workers and this will influence how many positions are available to migrants over the coming years; these occupations include primary teachers and Anaesthetists.

Below is the table produced by SMH presented in the article:

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