Important Announcement: NSW Shifts Focus from Skilled Occupation Lists to Priority Sectors

In response to the evolving skills shortages across the state, New South Wales (NSW) is implementing a new strategy that transitions away from the practice of publishing a list of eligible ANZSCO unit groups. Instead, NSW is embracing a sector-oriented approach.

What’s Changing?

In the past, the state relied on a skills list that consisted of specific ANZSCO unit groups. However, as of now, the emphasis has shifted towards prioritizing sectors in need of skilled professionals.

Targeted Sectors in NSW

The sectors identified closely align with the skill shortages in NSW:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Education
  3. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  4. Infrastructure
  5. Agriculture

While the primary focus during this program year is on these core sectors, it’s essential to note that highly competitive Expressions of Interest (EOIs) submitted for non-priority sectors may still be considered. However, given the high demand and limited availability, individuals exploring NSW nomination are strongly advised to also consider alternative migration pathways.

Skilled Invitation Rounds

Invitation rounds play a critical role in the NSW nomination process. Here’s what applicants should be aware of:

  • Timing: Invitation rounds will continue throughout the financial year without predefined or publicly disclosed dates.
  • Selection: NSW considers various factors when assessing EOIs, including the applicant’s points score, English proficiency, and work experience. Priority will be given to EOIs submitted in the NSW Priority Sectors mentioned above.
  • Invitation: The decision to invite an applicant for NSW nomination is solely at the discretion of the NSW Government.
  • Submission Date: The timing of an applicant’s SkillSelect EOI submission or amendment does not affect their likelihood of receiving an invitation.

NSW intends to commence invitation rounds for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) in the upcoming week.

Supporting Regional Development

Supporting regional development remains a central priority for NSW. The regional skilled migration program is designed to assist regional businesses in attracting qualified talent. Details regarding the reopening of the program will be provided once all applications from the previous financial year have been processed.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

28 Sep, 2023

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