Core Skills Occupation List – JSA draft and consultation

Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) has opened consultation on the new Core Skills Occupation List (CSOL).

There are to be three visa pathways under the Migration Strategy:

  1. Specialist Skills pathway (salary over $135,000)
  2. Core Skills pathway
  3. Skills in Demand pathway (salary under $70,000).

This JSA consultation refers to the Core Skills pathway for occupations being paid a median salary above $70,000 and below $135,000. The draft list is based on labour market analysis of ANZSCO Skill Level 1-3 occupations, so some occupations in the other salary bands may be included in this list. However, it is not yet clear how this will be addressed in the visa regulations.

The JSA reports it has developed the draft lists benchmarked to the 2022 ANZSCO not the 2013 version which will capture new and emerging occupations and has also used the most up to date employment/labour market datasets.

The JSA notes that this is a draft list and further surveys, submissions, bilateral meetings and qualitative analysis will be undertaken on the list with closing date for submissions of 10 May 2024. The consultation information may be accessed on the JSA website where three lists appear:

  • occupations JSA is confident will be on the new Core Skills list
  • occupations JSA is confident will not be on the Core Skills list.
  • occupations for further targeted consultation

It is expected that industry associations will make submissions to the JSA that this will consider. The  Jobs and Skills Australia webpage has published the timeline for the release of the final list and a portal for lodging submissions.


State and Territory Nominations for March 2024

The Department’s website has been updated with the number of nominations made by State and Territory governments for Sc 190 and Sc 491 for the month of March. Between 29 February 2024 and 31 March 2024 the number of nominations made by each State and Territory government are the following:

Visa Subclass   ACT    NSW    NT    QLD    SA   TAS    VIC     WA
 Skilled Nominated visa (Sc 190)   2   662   4   54   0   50   299   92
 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Sc 491) State and Territory Nominated   1   95   4   47   117   52   75   57

Further information such as the total number of nominations made by State and Territory governments from 1 July 2023 to 31 March 2024 on the Department’s website.

Parent and Other Family Visa Caps for 2023-24 Financial Year

The Migration (Granting of Contributory Parent Visas, Parent Visas and Other Family Visas During Financial Year 2023-2024) Instrument (LIN 24/004) 2024, determines the maximum number of family visas that may be granted for the 2023-2024 financial year.

Contributory Parent visas

6,800 visas may be granted for the following subclasses:

  • Contributory Parent (Migrant) Subclass 143, including 112 x Subclass 143 Contributory Parent visas under the Pathway to Permanent Residence for Retirees (Retiree Pathway)
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) Subclass 864
  • Contributory Parent (Temporary) Subclass 173 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Subclass 884.

Parent visas

1,700 visas may be granted for the following subclasses:

  • Parent (Migrant) Subclass 103, including 13 x Subclass 103 Parent visas under the Retiree Pathway
  •  Aged Parent (Residence) Subclass 804 

Other Family visas

500 visas for the following subclasses:

  • Other Family (Migrant) Subclass 114 (Aged Dependent relative); Subclass 115 (Remaining relative); and Subclass 116 (Carer)
  • Other Family (Residence) Subclass 835 (Remaining relative); Subclass 836 (Carer); and Subclass 838 (Aged Dependent relative).

This instrument commences on 3 April 2024 and self repeals on 1 July 2024.

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