The State Government has dramatically reduced the ability for skilled overseas professionals to work in WA, with 160 occupations removed from the WA Skilled Migration List (WASMOL).
Only 18 occupations remain eligible for a skilled visa on the WASMOL. Many of the remaining occupations on the list are in the health sector, including midwives, psychiatrists and several classes of registered nurses.
Here is the list of eligible occupations on the new WA Skilled Migration List announced on 21 June 2017:
- General Practitioner
- Vascular Surgeon
- Obstetrician and gynaecologist
- Radiation oncologist
- Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
- Registered Nurse (Community Health)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
Overseas professionals with the skills and experience for the above occupations may be eligible for a Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa and/or a Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa, depending on the occupation.
The Subclass 190 Visa enables skilled professionals to work and live in Australia as a permanent resident, whereas the Subclass 489 visa is a four-year provisional visa allowing skilled professionals to work in regional Western Australia.
Engineers are one of the 160 occupations removed from the WA state occupation list. Skilled professionals with occupations no longer on the list are encouraged to explore other visa options available to them.
Premier Marl McGowan also confirmed yesterday that the Federal Government has agreed to remove Perth as an eligible region for work visas under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) for a Subclass 187 Work Visa. Read our post on the changes to RSMS here.