Australia PR 2020 - Latest Changes and updates in Australia PR Process


Are you prepared for the Australian Immigration changes in 2020? Many changes were introduced to the Australian Skilled (GSM) , Employer Sponsored visas (ENS) and Family Visa Program last year. We look at what is planned for 2020 in Australian Immigration.

Australian Associated Press published an article which included the following: Migrants allowed to live and work in Australia if the invest at least $1.5 million could soon need to spend more money. The Morrison government is looking at increasing the investment thresholds for business innovation and investment visas. Encouraging more investment in regional areas will be a key priority. The government is also looking to “streamline” the program, which currently includes three visas and nine visa streams.

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Skilled Migration Occupation Lists Review – This does not represent a decision of Government.

Please note: This Traffic Light Bulletin contains all occupations flagged for a change to their status and/or recommended for a salary caveat. If an occupation does not appear on the Traffic Light Bulletin then no change is proposed to the current status of that occupation. Stakeholders may make a submission in relation to any occupation, even if no change is proposed at this time.



OccupationANZSCO CodeVisaListAssessing Authority

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ANZSCOAustralian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
STSOLShort Term Skilled Occupation List
MLTSSLMedium Long Term Strategic Skills List
ROLRegional Occupation List

Skilled Migration Occupation Lists Review

This does not represent a decision of Government.

Please note: This Traffic Light Bulletin contains all occupations flagged for a change to their status and/or recommended for a salary caveat. If an occupation does not appear on the Traffic Light Bulletin then no change is proposed to the current status of that occupation. Stakeholders may make a submission in relation to any occupation, even if no change is proposed at this time.

REDFlagged for removal from the lists
ORANGEFlagged for movement between lists – direction of movement is indicated in the Recommended Status column
GREENFlagged for addition to the lists
ANZSCO codeOccupation NameCurrent Status on SMOLsRecommended Status for Traffic Light Bulletin
1272111Careers CounsellorSTSOLOFF (RED)
2324212Vehicle TrimmerSTSOLOFF (RED)
3342311Business Machine MechanicSTSOLOFF (RED)
4361199Animal Attendants and Trainers necSTSOLOFF (RED)
5362211Gardener (General)STSOLOFF (RED)
6391111HairdresserSTSOLOFF (RED)
7394213Wood MachinistSTSOLOFF (RED)
8411611Massage TherapistSTSOLOFF (RED)
9411711Community WorkerSTSOLOFF (RED)
10452311Diving Instructor (Open Water)STSOLOFF (RED)
11452312Gymnastics Coach or InstructorSTSOLOFF (RED)
12321111Automotive ElectricianMLTSSLSTSOL (ORANGE)
13321213Motorcycle MechanicMLTSSLSTSOL (ORANGE)
14323313LocksmithMLTSSLSTSOL (ORANGE)
15332211Painting Trades WorkerMLTSSLSTSOL (ORANGE)
17333411Wall and Floor TilerMLTSSLSTSOL (ORANGE)
18394111CabinetmakerMLTSSLSTSOL (ORANGE)
19142115Post Office ManagerROLSTSOL (ORANGE)
20312511Mechanical Engineering DraftspersonROLSTSOL (ORANGE)
21612115Real Estate RepresentativeROLSTSOL (ORANGE)
22234411GeologistSTSOLROL (ORANGE)
23131112Sales and Marketing ManagerSTSOLMLTSSL (with salary caveat of $120,000) (ORANGE)
24135112ICT Project Manager
(includes Blockchain Planner/Manager)
STSOLMLTSSL (with salary caveat of $120,000) (ORANGE)
25224999Information and Organisation Professionals nec
(includes Data Scientist)
STSOLMLTSSL (with salary caveat of $90,000) (ORANGE)
26599612Insurance Loss AdjusterSTSOLMLTSSL (with salary caveat of $80,000) (ORANGE)
27133612Procurement ManagerROLMLTSSL (ORANGE)
28231213Ship’s MasterROLMLTSSL (ORANGE)
29221212Corporate TreasurerOFFSTSOL (GREEN)
30423111Aged or Disabled CarerOFFSTSOL (with mandatory skills assessment) (GREEN)
31423312Nursing Support WorkerOFFSTSOL (with mandatory skills assessment) (GREEN)
32423313Personal Care AssistantOFFSTSOL (with mandatory skills assessment) (GREEN)


Occupations that are staying on their current list but have been recommended for a salary caveat
 ANZSCO codeOccupation NameCurrent Status on SMOLsSalary caveat
33121321Poultry FarmerSTSOLSalary caveat of $65,000
34351111BakerSTSOLSalary caveat of $65,000
35351112PastrycookSTSOLSalary caveat of $65,000
36361112Horse TrainerMLTSSLSalary caveat of $65,000
37323212Fitter and TurnerMLTSSLSalary caveat of $65,000
38452499Sportspersons necSTSOLSalary caveat of $120,000

New Regional Visas with PR pathways

The Australian government announced 2 new regional visas and made changes to the points test which became available from November 2019.

The two new regional (provisional) visas are:

Extra 1 or 2 year visa for international graduates from regional institutions

The Department of Home Affairs has announced a new initiative for an additional Temporary Graduate visa with an extra one or two year of post-study work rights for international students who:

  • graduate from the regional campus of a registered university or institution with a higher education or postgraduate qualification; and
  • maintain ongoing residence in a regional area while holding their first Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa

The second Temporary Graduate visa will require ongoing residence in a regional area.

The definition of regional Australia for this purpose will be the same as the definition for skilled migration – all of Australia excluding Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Important change: Perth and Gold Coast are classified as regional areas.


Global Talent – Employer Sponsored program (GTES) and Independent program (GTIS)

The Department of Home Affairs announced it will make the Global Talent program (Employer Sponsored) permanent to attract the world’s best and brightest. Australian businesses and start-ups will have streamlined access to the best and brightest talent from around the world with the continuation of the Global Talent – Employer Sponsored program (GTES), formerly the Global Talent Scheme.

The Government recognises there is fierce competition globally for high-tech skills and talent, and that attracting these people helps to transfer skills to Australian workers and grow Australian-based businesses.

The Global Talent Scheme will consist of two components. Established businesses with an annual turnover of more than $4 million and the start up stream explained below.

The Department also announced the the Global Talent – Independent program offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia.

VETASSESS changes can be seen here.

Courses with good PR prospects in 2020

Australia is a top destination for students mainly because of  stable and open economy, attractive career choices and universities, highly rated infrastructure, multicultural society and beautiful landscapes and English language.

International students aiming to study, work and live in Australia after their studies should firstly apply for a Australia Student Visa to come and study in Australia. After 2 years of studies in Australian universities/ Vocational schools/ colleges offering higher education (and CRICOS approved), an international student could be eligible to apply for an Australian post study work visas under subclass 485. An Australian post study work visa may issued for varied time periods depending on your qualification.

The student can then look for a permanent residency pathway in Australia if they meet the points test and other eligibility criteria.  Alternatively if they have an employer willing to sponsor them for a TSS visa or the permanent ENS 186/RSMS 187 visa. If applying through General Skilled Migration, the applicant must have a positive skills assessment from the relevant skills assessing authority and have an occupation that is listed as eligible for the visa type.

An important thing to note here is, your study area and your nominated occupation must match even though in some cases relevant work experience may substitute for the formal qualification. Please note that the occupations list changes often and according to the needs of the economy and labour market.

Planning the permanent Migration Program for 2020

Australia’s Migration Program settings are designed to ensure that migration is beneficial for the current and future economic and social development of Australia. The Migration Program is currently planned and managed annually, with the Program set at an annual planning ceiling of 160,000 places for four years from 2019-20.

The permanent Migration Program consists of three streams:

  • Skill stream improves the productive capacity of the economy and fills skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional
  • Family stream allows Australian citizens and permanent residents to reunite with close family members, including partners, and certain dependent
  • Special Eligibility stream provides visas for those in special circumstances that are not provided for in other streams, including former residents, and visas granted under Ministerial
  • Child category allows parents to sponsor their child who is outside Australia to come to Australia. 

Changes to the 2019-20 Migration Program settings provided a greater focus on allocating more places to the State/Territory Nominated and Employer Sponsored visa categories, including setting aside 25,000 dedicated places for regional Australia. To support this, the Government introduced two new skilled regional provisional visas (491 and 494 visa), that commenced on 16 November 2019, which encourage migrants to live and work in regional areas.

Migration Program 2019-20 Planning Ceilings



Planning Ceilings

Skill Stream
Employer Sponsored30,000
Skilled Independent16,652
State/Territory Nominated24,968
Regional Category

Skilled – Employer Sponsored Regional- 494 visa

Skilled – Work Regional- 491 visa



Business Innovation and Investment Program6,862
Global Talent Program5,000
Distinguished Talent200
Skill Total108,682
Family Stream
Other Family562
Family total47,732
Special Eligibility236
Total Migration Program156,650
Child (outside the Migration Program ceiling)3,350
Total permanent migration places160,000
Australia relaxes English requirement for migrant farm workers, offers pathway to permanent residency

Horticulture farmers around Australia will now receive more support to resolve labour shortages with the signing of a new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement. The new agreement means horticulture growers will have access to a skilled and semi-skilled workforce to help deliver the fruit and vegetables enjoyed by all Australians. The Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement follows the success of labour agreements in other industries such as the dairy, meat and pork industry.

The HILA will allow Australian businesses in the industry to sponsor overseas workers across 31 occupations, and provides concessions to standard skilled visa requirements.

Key features include:

  • additional occupations not on existing Skilled Occupation Lists
  • salary concession (10 per cent discount on the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold, currently $53,900 per annum)
  • age concession (up to 50 years of age)
  • English language concession
  • pathway to permanent residence

While the HILA is not a new visa product it will complement existing temporary and permanent migration programs to support regional horticulture employers and communities, including the Working Holiday Maker Program, Seasonal Worker Program, the Pacific Labour Scheme and Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

A full summary of approved occupations, terms and available concessions are available, see New Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement.

From 1 January 2020 , horticultural employers will be able to access the conditions under the Industry Horticulture Labour Agreement by lodging a Labour Agreement Request