28 March 2006

Australia updates Migration Occupations in Demand List; 16 new jobs added

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The Australian Department of Immigration (DIMA) has posted a new Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL).

The Australian Government has confirmed significant changes to its immigration strategy by adding to its Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL). The changes affect skilled visas for immigration to Australia.

The MODL and Skills Occupation List (SOL) form part the backbone of Australia’s point-based skilled migration strategy.

‘The additions to the MODL will have a significant impact on the number of workers who now qualify to immigrate to Australia. The additions mean the Australian economy is ready to absorb skilled workers from the occupational categories listed,’ said Martin Beveridge, senior migration consultant for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Applicants for immigration to Australia who nominate one of the newly added occupations on or after 28 March 2006 will be awarded additional points. Those who lodged their application before 28 March 2006, and the application is not yet finalised, will also be granted additional points.

Applicants under the points tested General Skilled Migration (GSM) program who nominate an occupation on the MODL are awarded either 15 points or 20 points.

The full list of additions include:

The complete MODL can be found on by clicking here.

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