The New South Wales (NSW) State Government announced there were no changes made to the NSW Skilled Nominated Priority Occupations List for 2016-17 and would begin selecting and issuing invitations to top ranking candidates for the 2016-17 financial year from late July 2016.
In the 2015-16 financial year, the NSW State Government nominated 4,000 candidates for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa. The subclass 190 visa enables skilled workers to be state nominated for permanent residency on the basis that their skills and experience align to the needs of the state’s economy.
Recently, the Government of South Australia also released their new State Nominated Occupation list. The State Nominated Occupation list includes occupations derived from the state’s Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) that are considered in demand in South Australia. People seeking state nomination in South Australia under the General Skilled Migration program, must have an occupation that features on this list unless they meet the Supplementary Skilled List requirements.
A host of occupations have been opened up for state nomination in South Australia, including chief executives, general managers, farmers, farm managers, chefs, restaurant managers and ICT professionals.
How are occupations selected for State Nominated Occupations Lists?
According to Immigration South Australia, occupations on the State-Nominated Occupations List are chosen based on a detailed workforce analysis of skills shortages and a forecast of the likely demand of those skills in the future.
Immigration South Australia says the analysis involves extensive industry consultation with associations and industry-linked training councils. It also takes into account various other criteria such as the age of the workforce, supply from local and international graduates, and interstate migration.