Australian SOL list has a direct impact on the courses in demand internationally. See the list of occupations that “might” be taken off this year (2017) from the list.

Broadly, the ability for an international student to be able to work and settle in Australia has been its prime draw and a competitive advantage over other countries especially the UK.

The countries that have allowed post study work and settlement have been more attractive destinations and Australia is one such destination along with Canada and NZ. The courses in demand have often been those that have a greater preference for migration and thus those that are on SOL. International students especially from the sub-continent have favoured programs such as Accounting and IT.

Each year several occupations are flagged to be removed from the SOL on the understanding that the demand for those occupations have been met. However, I must point out here that not all occupations flagged to be removed do get removed in the actual list of occupations.

My feeling is that once again we may not see “accounting” being removed eventually from the list. However, it along with several other occupations is once again flagged. We will know only in a couple of months.

Flagged Occupations on the SOL for 2016 –17

ANZSCO Code Occupation
133513 Production Manager (Mining)
221111 Accountant (General)
221112 Management Accountant
221113 Taxation Accountant
224111 Actuary
224511 Land Economist
224512 Valuer
231212 Ship’s Engineer
231213 Ship’s Master
231214 Ship’s Officer
232212 Surveyor
232213 Cartographer
232214 Other Spatial Scientist
233111 Chemical Engineer
233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
233213 Quantity Surveyor
233214 Structural Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer
233411 Electronics Engineer
233511 Industrial Engineer
233512 Mechanical Engineer
233513 Production or Plant Engineer
233911 Aeronautical Engineer
233912 Agricultural Engineer
233913 Biomedical Engineer
233914 Engineering Technologist
233915 Environmental Engineer
233916 Naval Architect
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist
234711 Veterinarian
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist
252411 Occupational Therapist
262611 Podiatrist
252712 Speech Pathologist
253111 General Practitioner
253211 Anaesthetist
253312 Cardiologist
253315 Endocrinologist
253316 Gastroenterologist
253317 Intensive Care Specialist
253321 Paediatrician
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253999 Medical Practitioners nec
271111 Barrister
271311 Solicitor
272314 Psychotherapist
272399 Psychologists nec
351311 Chef*
399111 Boat Builder and Repairer
399112 Shipwright

* Indicates that the occupation excludes positions in fast food or takeaway food service.

Source: https://www.education.gov.au/flagged-occupations-sol-2016-17

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