Australia has announced some major changes to its immigration system, including eligible occupations for permanent and temporary immigration.
The changes to the occupation lists have been made following consultation with the Department of Jobs and Small Business based on the labour market advice provided by the department.
In the latest update, 36 new occupations have been added to the Medium and Long-Term Skill List, including professional footballers and tennis coaches.
“The Government continues to focus the Migration Program on addressing skills gaps in the economy and these initiatives demonstrate that commitment,” Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman said.
The latest update to the Skilled Occupation Lists includes adding 18 new occupations to the Regional Occupation List.
The occupations include livestock, beef, dairy, sheep, aquaculture and crop farmers, among other agricultural roles.
The category of dentist and anaesthetist have also been added to the regional list to meet skill shortages.
Mr Coleman says farmers battling with drought and regional communities will benefit from the changes.
“We want Australians filling Australian jobs but when this isn’t possible action is needed to ensure farmers can continue to operate,” he said.