Skilled Occupation List
The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) is currently considering labour market, education and training, migration and general economic and demographic data and stakeholder submissions to develop its advice to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on the 2014 Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
AWPA provides the department with SOL advice annually to guide Australia's independent skilled migration program. The current Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for 2013 has been released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection following advice from AWPA.
The Skilled Occupation List identifies occupations where independent skilled migrants will assist in meeting the medium and long term skill needs of the Australian economy. Independent migrants with skills in these occupations will assist in meeting skill needs that cannot be met through employer and state sponsored migration programs, or efforts aimed at employing, training, skilling and up-skilling Australians. There are currently 188 occupations on this list. The SOL is published at the six digit ANZSCO level.
AWPA analyses a range of evidence when updating its advice on the SOL. The agency considers labour market, education and training, migration and general economic and demographic data, and advice from the Department of Employment on current and past trends in skill shortage research for selected occupations.
AWPA also undertakes an annual consultation process where it gathers evidence and information provided in submissions by industry, unions, trade and professional organisations. Once an updated SOL is released, to provide transparency on its development of SOL advice, AWPA makes all submissions that stakeholders have given their permission to share publically available on its website. Occupational summary sheets for each occupation on the SOL are also published.
It should be noted the SOL applies to independent skilled migration only. A separate occupation list, the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL), applies to the Employer Nomination Scheme, State Sponsored Migration, Temporary Business Long Stay (457), and Occupational Trainee visa categories. AWPA is not involved in the development of this list.