Further Changes – From 16th November 2019

Occupations for Subclass 494 visas

The occupation lists for the SC 494 are comprised of the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), and the Regional Occupation List (ROL).

There are a total of 650 occupations available for the Subclass 494 with 216 occupations available on the MLTSSL and 434 occupations available on the ROL. You can check the list of eligible occupations here:

Legislative Instrument F2019L01403-LIN 19/219:Occupations for Subclass 494 Visas Instrument 2019

Exemptions from English Language Requirements for SC 186 and SC 187

English language exemption- The exemption to English for a person that has completed at least 5 years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution where all tuition was delivered in English will be removed as an exemption for the subclass 186 in the Temporary Residence Transition stream. From 16 November 2019 the exemption will only apply to subclass 187 in the Temporary Residence Transition Stream.

Subclass 494- Employer sponsored stream Exemptions

Age exemptions

Applicants are not required to be under 45 for the subclass 494 in the Employer Sponsored stream if they are:
a) academic applicants
b) regional medical practitioner applicants
c) science applicants
d) Subclass 444/461 workers
e) Subclass 457/482 workers

Skills and Employment History exemptions

Applicants for the subclass 494 in the employer sponsored stream are exempt from skills assessment requirements if they are:
a) academic applicants
b) 444/461 workers

Applicants for the subclass 494 in the employer sponsored stream are exempt from having to be employed in the nominated occupation for at least 3 years on a full-time basis and at the level of skill required for the occupation if they are:
a) academic applicants;
b) 444/461 workers

Occupations and Assessing Authorities for Subclass 491

From 16 November 2019

  • The assessing authority for Child Care Centre Manager changed from TRA to ACECQA for subclass 491, subclass 189, subclass 190 and subclass 485 visa applications made after 16 November 2019
  • The assessing authority for Podiatrist changed from ANZPAC to PodBA for subclass 491, subclass 189, subclass 190 and subclass 485 visa applications made after 16 November 2019
  • The assessing authorities for the occupations of Child Care Centre Manager and Podiatrist will remain TRA and ANZPAC respectively for skills assessments that occur prior to 16 November 2019. These skills assessment will be valid for the purpose of Subclass 494 visa.
  • The Assessing authority for physicist (234914) is VETASSESS except for a Medical Physicist which is ACPSEM

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