Change is on the way for the Skilled Migration Visas, with the largest overhaul since Australia first began its migration programme.
As from 1 July 2011, the Australian Government introduced a new points system for certain classes of Skilled Migration Visas, designed to "select the best and brightest skilled migrants who will make the optimum economic contribution to Australia".
The new system will do away with points for specific occupations for skilled migrants from certain categories (see below), and instead award points for a broader range of skills and attributes, including better English levels, work experience and higher qualifications. All applicants must still nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and have their skills assessed in their nominated occupation.
For further details, please see http://www.workingin-australia.com/news/36346/australia-launches-new-points-test-for-skilled-migrants