The Australian government announced several changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), the standard employer-sponsored permanent residence program, applicable to applications submitted on or after 5 December 2010.

The minimum base annual salary for foreign nationals seeking to qualify for the ENS by filling a highly paid position has been raised to AU$ 250,000 from AU$ 165,000.

Sixteen ( 16) new occupations qualify for the program after being added to the Employer Nomination Skilled Occupation List (ENSOL). Further information is available on the DIAC website at

Herewith the ENSOL on the Australian Federal Register of Instruments.