Government Accepts MAC Recommendations On Shortage Occupations

The government today accepted recommendations from the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) that will see the number of jobs covered by the list drop by 40,000, bringing the total down from 230,000 to 190,000.  The MAC recommended the changes where evidence from a range of industries and sectors showed resident workers are available to fill the vacancies.

Occupations that the MAC recommended be removed from the list include:

  1. secondary education biology teachers;
  2. speech and language therapists;
  3. pharmacists;
  4. orthoptists;
  5. veterinary surgeons; and,
  6. rank and file orchestral musicians.

Added to the list will be:

  1. actuaries;
  2. high integrity pipe welders;
  3. environmental scientists; and,
  4. geochemists

The government has accepted the MAC’s recommended list in full however, rank and file orchestral musicians will not be removed from the list immediately, until further discussions take place with the industry to discuss the resident labour market test.

The revised list will come into effect from 14 November 2011. This means that:

  1. For applications covered by the annual limit, the new list will apply to all applications by Tier 2 sponsors for restricted certificates of Sponsorship made on or after 14 November 2011.
  2. For applications outside the annual limit, the new list will apply to all unrestricted certificates of sponsorship assigned to migrants on or after 14 November 2011

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