Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

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The Department of Jobs and Small Business regularly reviews the skilled migration occupation lists to ensure they are responsive to Australia’s labour market needs. These lists underpin a range of employer-sponsored, points-tested and state-nominated visa programs.

Current status

We are not seeking submissions at this time.

We are meeting with interested stakeholders.

We will seek submissions once we publish our initial labour market analysis, in May.

We will update this website and email our mailing list when online submissions open.

We will accept early submissions sent to our mailbox, however we advise that you may wish to wait until we publish our initial labour market analysis.

Australia’s employer-sponsored, points-tested and state nominated visa programs are underpinned by three skilled migration occupation lists:

  • the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL);
  • the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL); and,
  • the Regional Occupation List (ROL).

The Department of Jobs and Small Business (the Department) reviews these lists regularly. The purpose of these reviews is to determine Australia’s skilled workforce needs and whether occupations need to be added to or removed from the lists to meet these needs. Once it has completed its review, the Department provides its advice to the Australian Government. The Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs makes the final decision on the composition of the lists.

The current skilled occupation migration lists can be found on the Combined current list of eligible skilled occupations page (opens in new window) of the Department of Home Affairs website.

The next update to the skilled migration occupation lists will occur in July 2018.

More information on the skilled migration occupation lists can be found on the Lists of eligible skilled occupations page (opens in a new window) of the Department of Home Affairs website.

Please note: The Department of Jobs and Small Business does not manage visa policy or programs. Please contact the Department of Home Affairs using the contact page on the Department of Home Affairs website (opens in new window) for these matters.

How does the Department conduct its reviews?

The diagram below shows the process for the Department’s regular reviews of the skilled migration occupation lists. 

For details on the consultation process, please visit the Consultation on Skilled Migration Occupation Lists page. You can also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Overview of the process for the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists review

Please click or tab/enter through the below diagram to see each step. The current stage is Stage 2.

Stage 2

Once it has collected data, the Department undertakes labour market analysis using its methodology. You can read about how the data is used and applied in our methodology paper (opens in a new window). The Department will also begin meeting with interested stakeholders, including through industry roundtables and bilateral meetings.
See Consultation page (opens in a new window) for more details.

History of the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists review

The Government announced reforms (opens in a new window) to Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled visa programs in 18 April 2017. As part of these reforms, the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa was introduced in March 2018. The skilled migration occupation lists that underpin these visa programs are updated regularly to ensure that they remain responsive to genuine skill needs across Australia. Visit the 457 visa replacement page (opens in new window) of the Department on Home Affairs website for details of these reforms.