Australia - Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) update

26 September 2006


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Updated 20 September, 2006, by government of Australia.

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The Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) includes occupations identified by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) as being in national demand with sustained employment prospects. The MODL has its basis in DEWR's skills-in-demand research with account taken of some broader labour market information.

The MODL is used to target the General Skilled Migration categories of the Migration Program to the skill needs of the Australian labour market. Skilled points-tested migration applicants whose occupation is identified on the MODL are awarded an additional 15 or 20 points. Further information on the operation of the MODL is available from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. Each MODL is effective from the date of publication in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, unless otherwise specified in the Gazette Notice.

Nine new professions have been added to the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) as part of the Australian Government's commitment to ensuring the Migration Programme meets the skills needs of business and industry, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Kevin Andrews announced today.

"The MODL now includes 35 managerial and professional occupations, one associate professional occupation, nine computing specialisations and 41 trade occupations," Mr Andrews said.

"From today, General Skilled Migration [GSM] visa applicants who have recognised qualifications in one of the nine new occupations and specialisations will be awarded additional points. These occupations are child care coordinator, surveyor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and five new computing specialisations."

The categories that have been added are:

• Child Care Coordinator
• Computing Professional - specialising in C++/C#/C
• Computing Professional - specialising in J2EE
• Computing Professional - specialising in Java
• Computing Professional - specialising in Oracle
• Computing Professional - specialising in PeopleSoft
• Electrical Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Surveyor

"Occupations and specialisations identified on the MODL gain extra points for people applying for a points-tested GSM visa, making it easier for them to come to Australia as skilled migrants," Senator Vanstone said.

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