The 23 February 2016 update of the ACT Occupation List has now been published on http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/article/act-occupation-list/.
There has been an increase in the number of occupations in demand in the ACT. In summary:
- The skills need has eased for child care centre managers and panel beaters. These occupations are now closed.
- The demand for skills within the communications, construction, finance, hospitality and real estate sectors is increasing. Occupations within these sectors have now opened.
- The ‘open’ status of the following occupations remains unchanged indicating a continual high demand for civil engineers, general practitioners, retail pharmacists, early childhood teachers, architects, medical imaging professionals, registered nurses, counsellors and psychologists.
A comparison of occupations identified as ‘in demand’ in February 2016 compared to August 2015 is attached.
- Over the last two years, the ACT Skilled Migration Program has re-focused its skill attraction activities to give priority to Canberra residents working in skilled occupations, or their immediate family living overseas who can demonstrate good employment prospects in the Territory.
- Interstate graduates who have lived and worked in Canberra in their nominated occupation for at least 6 months are also eligible to apply for ACT nomination (even if their occupation is closed).
This list is effective immediately. Applications submitted and lodged before 23/02/16 will be assessed against the ‘at time of application’ criteria.
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