On 21 June 2017, the State Government of Western Australia released an updated version of the WA Skilled Migration List (WASMOL). The list used to have 178 occupations, including bricklayers, engineers and nurses. A total of 160 occupations were removed, and only 18 eligible occupations were left. These occupations were mainly in the health sector.
Premier Mark McGowan said that the state government would like to maximise employment opportunities for Western Australians followed by this reduction of eligible occupations. The 18 occupations which make up the WASMOL are said to be in areas where there is a genuine need, and includes midwives, psychiatrists and several classes of registered nurses.
“Our policy will ensure that, whenever possible, Western Australians will be given first preference on WA jobs. It doesn’t make sense to fast-track workers from overseas when there are unemployed Western Australians who are capable of doing the work.”, he said.
“Our economy has changed dramatically since the height of the mining boom and we need to do everything we can to get Western Australians back to work.”, he added.
From 28 March 2017 the WASMOL has been simplified into one list targeting those occupations which are of a specialist nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.
|ANZSCO code*||Skilled occupation||Eligible visas (190 visa)||Eligible visas (489 visa)||Assessing authority||Status|
|253111||General Practitioner||✔||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253316||Gastroenterologist||✔||✔||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253323||Rheumatologist||✔||✔||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253411||Psychiatrist||✔||✔||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253513||Neurosurgeon||✔||✔||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253515||Otorhinolaryngologist||✔||✔||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253521||Vascular Surgeon||✔||✔||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253913||Obstetrician and Gynaecologist||✔||✔||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|253918||Radiation Oncologist||✔||✔||Medical Board of Australia||Available|
|254413||Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)||✔||ANMAC||Available|
|254414||Registered Nurse (Community Health)||✔||ANMAC||Available|
|254415||Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)||✔||ANMAC||Available|
|254422||Registered Nurse (Mental Health)||✔||ANMAC||Available|
|254423||Registered Nurse (Perioperative)||✔||ANMAC||Available|
Note: 190 Visa = Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).
489 Visa = Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).
Applicants are required to provide evidence of a minimum one year full-time employment contract for all occupations on the WASMOL.