Helping businesses fill critical skills needs

Advice and labour market data from the National Skills Commission has been used to inform a new priority skills list published today.

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business and The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs have released a list of 17 occupations on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL), developed in consultation with relevant Commonwealth agencies.

In developing advice on the list, the NSC analysed labour market data and consulted Commonwealth departments on the skill sets and sectors that would support Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PMSOL will be complemented by strengthened labour market testing requirements and will allow small numbers of sponsored skilled workers to enter or remain in Australia to fill urgent skills needs in critical sectors, helping to create 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 PMSOL.

Information about Australia’s travel exemption processes for those in critical skills and sectors is available at: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/critical-skills-and-sectors