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26 September 2006
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."