Occupations no longer eligible for skilled working visas

Unsure of whether job roles within your business are eligible for temporary working visas following the 457 changes? An immigration lawyer provides a full breakdown of the occupations no longer eligible.

Registered migration agent and lawyer with Australian Immigration Lawyers, Justin Rickard, recently debunked some of the common myths and misconceptions about 457 visas that have spread like wildfire since the government's abrupt decision to abolish them in April 2017.

However, another aspect to this is which occupations have been removed from the list of those eligible for skilled temporary working visas.

According to Mr Rickard, there are two aspects to the changes.

Firstly, 16 occupations have had their eligibility restricted to only Skilled – Independent (subclass 189), Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) and Skilled-Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa programs. These occupations are:

  • Project builder (ANZSCO 133112)
  • Production manager (Mining) (ANZSCO 133513)
  • Medical administrator (ANZSCO 134211)
  • Ship’s engineer (ANZSCO 231212)
  • Ship’s master (ANZSCO 231213)
  • Ship’s officer (ANZSCO 231214)
  • Chemical engineer (ANZSCO 233111)
  • Materials engineer (ANZSCO 233112)
  • Electronics engineer (ANZSCO 233411)
  • Industrial engineer (ANZSCO 233511)
  • Production or plant engineer (ANZSCO 233513)
  • Civil engineering technician (ANZSCO 312212)
  • Telecommunications network planner (ANZSCO 313213)
  • Pressure welder (ANZSCO 322312)
  • Stonemason (ANZSCO 331112)
  • Electrical linesworker (ANZSCO 342211)

The second point, says Mr Rickard, is that there have been more than 200 other occupations which have been removed entirely from the list of occupations eligible for skilled temporary working visas.

A number appear at face value to be common sense, while others are surprising inclusions on the list.

According to Mr Rickard, this list (correct as at 29 May 2017) is as follows:

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker (411511)
  2. Actor (211111)
  3. Actors, dancers and other entertainers NEC (211199)
  4. Aeroplane Pilot (231111)
  5. Air traffic controller (231112)
  6. Air transport professionals NEC (231199)
  7. Aircraft maintenance engineer (Avionics) (323111)
  8. Amusement centre manager (149111)
  9. Antique dealer (142112)
  10. Apparel cutter (393211)
  11. Archaeologist (272414)
  12. Archivist (224211)
  13. Art director (film, television or stage) (212311)
  14. Artistic director (212111)
  15. Auctioneer (611111)
  16. Author (212211)
  17. Bed and breakfast operator (141911)
  18. Betting agency manager (142113)
  19. Biochemist (234513)
  20. Biotechnologist (234514)
  21. Blacksmith (322111)
  22. Boarding kennel or cattery operator (149911)
  23. Broadcast transmitter operator (399511)
  24. Building and engineering technicians NEC (312999)
  25. Business broker (612111)
  26. Butcher or smallgoods maker (351211)
  27. Call or contact centre manager (149211)
  28. Canvas goods fabricator (393111)
  29. Caravan park and camping ground manager (141211)
  30. Cinema or theatre manager (149912)
  31. Clinical coder (599915)
  32. Clothing patternmaker (393212)
  33. Clothing trades workers NEC (393299)
  34. Commissioned defence force officer (139111)
  35. Commissioned fire officer (139112)
  36. Commissioned police officer (139113)
  37. Communications operator (342312)
  38. Community arts worker (272611)
  39. Composer (211211)
  40. Conservation officer (234311)
  41. Construction estimator (312114)
  42. Conveyancer (599111)
  43. Corporate treasurer (221212)
  44. Court bailiff or sheriff (Aus) / court collections officer (NZ) (599212)
  45. Deer farmer (121314)
  46. Defence force member - other ranks (441111)
  47. Defence force senior officer (111212)
  48. Dental hygienist (411211)
  49. Dental prosthetist (411212)
  50. Dental therapist (411214)
  51. Detective (441311)
  52. Director of photography (212313)
  53. Diver (399911)
  54. Dog or horse racing official (452318)
  55. Drama teacher (private tuition) (249213)
  56. Dressmaker or tailor (393213)
  57. Driller (712211)
  58. Driving instructor (451211)
  59. Education reviewer (249112)
  60. Electorate officer (224911)
  61. Electronic engineering draftsperson (312411)
  62. Electronic engineering technician (312412)
  63. Electroplater (322112)
  64. Emergency service worker (441211)
  65. Engineering patternmaker (323411)
  66. Engraver (323311)
  67. Entertainer or variety artist (211113)
  68. Environmental health officer (251311)
  69. Exercise physiologist (234915)
  70. Film, television, radio and stage directors NEC (212399)
  71. Financial institution branch manager (149914)
  72. Fire fighter (441212)
  73. Fire protection equipment technician (399918)
  74. First aid trainer (451815)
  75. Fisheries officer (311311)
  76. Flight attendant (451711)
  77. Floor finisher (332111)
  78. Flying instructor (231113)
  79. Food technologist (234212)
  80. Funeral director (451311)
  81. Funeral workers NEC (451399)
  82. Futures trader (222212)
  83. Gallery or museum technician (399311)
  84. Gas or petroleum operator (399212)
  85. Geophysicist (234412)
  86. Goat farmer (121315)
  87. Golfer (452412)
  88. Graphic pre-press trades worker (392211)
  89. Gunsmith (323312)
  90. Helicopter pilot (231114)
  91. Historian (272411)
  92. Homoeopath (252212)
  93. Horse trainer (361112)
  94. Human resource adviser (223111)
  95. Hydrogeologist (234413)
  96. Hydrographer (311415)
  97. ICT support and test engineers NEC (263299)
  98. ICT Support Technicians NEC (313199)
  99. Importer or exporter (133311)
  100. Insurance investigator (599611)
  101. Insurance risk surveyor (599613)
  102. Intellectual property lawyer (271214)
  103. Intelligence officer (224411)
  104. Interior decorator (399912)
  105. Jockey (452413)
  106. Judge (271211)
  107. Kennel hand (361115)
  108. Leather goods maker (393112)
  109. Legal executive (599112)
  110. Liaison officer (224912)
  111. Licensed club manager (141411)
  112. Life scientist (general) (234511)
  113. Life scientists NEC (234599)
  114. Light technician (399513)
  115. Magistrate (271212)
  116. Maintenance planner (312911)
  117. Marine surveyor (231215)
  118. Marine transport professionals NEC (231299)
  119. Market research analyst (225112)
  120. Master fisher (231211)
  121. Mechanical engineering draftsperson (312511)
  122. Media producer (excluding video) (212112)
  123. Metal casting trades worker (322114)
  124. Metal polisher (322115)
  125. Metallurgist (234912)
  126. Microbiologist (234517)
  127. Migration agent (Aus) (224913)
  128. Mothercraft nurse (411412)
  129. Multimedia designer (232413)
  130. Music Director (211212)
  131. Music professionals NEC (211299)
  132. Musical instrument maker or repairer (399515)
  133. Natural and physical science professionals NEC (234999)
  134. Nurse researcher (254212)
  135. Nurseryperson (362411)
  136. Operating theatre technician (311214)
  137. Optical dispenser (Aus) / Dispensing optician (NZ) (399913)
  138. Optical mechanic (399914)
  139. Other sports official (452323)
  140. Painter (visual arts) (211411)
  141. Park ranger (234314)
  142. Parole or probation officer (411714)
  143. Pathology collector (Aus) / phlebotomist (NZ) (311216)
  144. Petroleum engineer (233612)
  145. Plastics technician (399916)
  146. Plumbing inspector (312115)
  147. Police officer (441312)
  148. Policy analyst (224412)
  149. Policy and planning manager (132411)
  150. Potter or ceramic artist (211412)
  151. Prison officer (442111)
  152. Procurement manager (133612)
  153. Production manager (manufacturing) (133512)
  154. Public relations manager (131114)
  155. Quarantine officer (311313)
  156. Radio journalist (212414)
  157. Radio presenter (212113)
  158. Railway station manager (149412)
  159. Regional education manager (134412)
  160. Research and development manager (132511)
  161. Retail buyer (639211)
  162. Retirement village manager (141912)
  163. Safety inspector (312611)
  164. Sail maker (393113)
  165. Sales representative (industrial products) (225411)
  166. Sales representative (medical and pharmaceutical products) (225412)
  167. Saw maker and repairer (323315)
  168. School laboratory technician (311414)
  169. Screen printer (392112)
  170. Sculpter (211413)
  171. Senior non-commissioned defence force member (139211)
  172. Shearer (361211)
  173. Shoemaker (393114)
  174. Singer (211214)
  175. Small offset printer (392312)
  176. Sports administrator (139915)
  177. Sports umpire (452322)
  178. Stock and station agent (611112)
  179. Surveying or spatial science technician (312116)
  180. Technicians and trades workers NEC (399999)
  181. Telecommunications cable jointer (342412)
  182. Telecommunications technician (342414)
  183. Television equipment operator (399517)
  184. Television presenter (212114)
  185. Training and development professional (223311)
  186. Translator (272413)
  187. Travel agency manager (142116)
  188. Travel attendants NEC (451799)
  189. Tribunal member (271213)
  190. Turf grower (121218)
  191. Vehicle painter (324311)
  192. Vocational education teacher (non-trades) (242211)
  193. Vocational education teacher (trades) (242211)
  194. Web developer (261212)
  195. Wholesaler (133312)
  196. Wood turner (394214)
  197. Wool buyer (639212)
  198. Wool classer (399917)
  199. Workplace relations advisor (223113)
  200. Zookeeper (361114)

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