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Temporary closure

Due to a large volume of visa nomination applications received, applications for engineering and building occupations on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria will not be accepted from 16 October 2017 to 12 January 2018.

Applicants who hold an offer of employment in Victoria in their nominated occupation or meet the streamlined PhD or 457 pathways are not affected by this closure and may apply for these engineering and building occupations during this time.

The occupations affected by the temporary closure are:

312112 Building Associate

233211 Civil Engineer

312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson

233311 Electrical Engineer

312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

233512 Mechanical Engineer

233914 Engineering Technologist

This temporary closure will allow processing of all outstanding applications and reduce the risk of delay for future applicants.   

All applications received prior to 16 October 2017 will be assessed against the guidelines that applied at time of application and an outcome will be provided in due course.

Applications for all other occupations eligible for Victorian Government visa nomination remain open.

New criteria for engineering occupations

From 16 October 2017, the following new minimum work experience and specialisation requirements will apply to engineering occupations on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria

ANZSCO code Occupation Minimum IELTS (or equivalent) requirement Minimum work experience Specialisations and other requirements
233211 Civil Engineer 7.0 in each band Five years
312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson 7.0 in each band Five years
233311 Electrical Engineer 7.0 in each band Five years
312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson 7.0 in each band Five years
233512 Mechanical Engineer 7.0 in each band Five years
233914
Engineering Technologist
7.0 in each band
Five years in civil or mechanical engineering
Only work experience in the civil or mechanical engineering disciplines is eligible

No changes have been made to the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Graduates.