Australia opens for priority occupations

Yesterday the Australian government announced a new list of 17 priority occupations that will be able to enter the country to fill urgent needs in critical sectors to help rebuild the Australian economy. Visa holders that are sponsored by an Australian employer in one of the priority occupations will be exempt from the ban on most temporary visa holders entering Australia.

The 17 priority occupations include managing directors, construction project managers, mechanical engineers, developer programmers, software engineers, maintenance planners, doctors, psychiatrists, nurses and midwives. For the full list of occupations, see the end of this article.

Applicants can be sponsored by the employer on the permanent residence 186 visa or the 482 temporary skills shortage visa or the 494 skilled regional temporary visa. Both of the 482 and the 494 visas can lead to permanent residence in Australia.

Visa holders will still need to follow the 14-day hotel quarantine requirements at their own expense.

The full list of priority migration occupation:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Developer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Maintenance Planner
  • General Practitioner
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • Psychiatrist
  • Medical Practitioner nec
  • Midwife
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • Registered Nurses nec

If you are skilled in one of the occupations above, please contact McLaughlins Lawyers or Crest Migration on (07) 5591 5099 to find out if you are eligible to enter Australia.


Author: Sed Crest

Directors: Ian Kennedy & Sophie Pearson

Date: 4 September 2020