Applications for GSM will now only be processed if they are:
1 - Employer-sponsored permanent migration applications
2 - Applicants nominated by State or Territory governments
3 - Applicants who have a nominated occupation on the new Critical Skill List (CSL).
4 - All other applicants will be placed in a queu awaiting the signal of the Minister for further processing
On 16 March 2009, Minister Evans revised the ceiling set for 2008-2009 skilled migration stream from 133,000 to 115,000. Also, construction and metal machine trades were removed from the CSL.