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Skills List Reduced From 178 to 18

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced today that the West Australian Skilled Migration Occupations List (WASMOL) used for state nomination has been slashed.

The new list contains 18 occupations which the Premier said reflects the fields where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers.


Changes to the 457 Visa

On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.



Migration Programme Statistics

The purpose of migration is to build the economy, shape society, support the labour market and reunite family.

Of people migrating to Australia, 68 per cent are skilled migrants and 32 per cent are from family visa streams. This is further broken down to:

  • Skill: 38 per cent employer sponsored, 34 per cent skilled independent, 22 per cent state, territory and regional nominated and 6 per cent business
  • Family: 79 per cent partner, 14 per cent parent, 6 per cent child and 1 per cent other.



Refugee Week 2017

Australia’s Humanitarian Programme provides resettlement for people who have suffered persecution or substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of their human rights. Since the end of World War II Australia has resettled more than 865,000 refugees and people in humanitarian need.

Australia consistently ranks as one of the top three refugee resettlement countries each year, along with the United States and Canada.