The Department of Employment is responsible for undertaking a regular review of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). These occupation lists are used for employer-sponsored and skilled migration to meet short and medium/long term needs for the Australian economy.

The Department of Employment has today released a draft ‘traffic light bulletin’ that slates occupations for removal, retention, and/or cross-grades between the STSOL and MLTSSL.

What should be of major concern to recruitment agencies throughout the country is the real possibility that Recruitment Consultant (ANZSCO 223112) is removed altogether from the list of ‘sponsorable’ occupations for 457 / TSS visa purposes from January 2018. The other three occupations in the firing line are:

  • Accommodation and Hospitality Managers
  • Hair or Beauty Salon Manager
  • Building Associate

If stakeholders are concerned about the adverse consequences of removing these occupations from the 457 visa programme, they can contact us on 02 9922 5188 or register their submissions directly with the Department of Employment no later than 1 December 2017 using this portal.