Australian Migration Occupations in Demand expanded

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Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has expanded its Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL).

The MODL includes occupations and specializations identified by the Australian Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) that are in short supply in Australia.

The following occupations have been added to the MODL:
  • Architect
  • Computing Professional Specializing in Sybase
  • External Auditor
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  • Locksmith
  • Optical Mechanic
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Furniture Finisher

General Electronic Instrument Tradesperson has been removed from the Migration Occupations in Demand List.

If a nominated occupation is on the MODL either at the time the General Skilled Migration (GSM) application is lodged or when it is assessed, you will be eligible for 'occupation in demand/job offer' points on the GSM points test. You will also receive extra points if you have a job offer from a suitable Australian employer.

After 01 September 2007, applicants will be required to show previous employment of at least 12 months in the nominated occupation that falls under the MODL.

Fast-tracked processing is applied to those who nominate occupations on the MODL.