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

On 31 May 2018, the Department published a Traffic Light Bulletin outlining proposed changes to the skilled migration occupation lists.. The submission period is now closed, and the Department is analysing the submissions received to inform its advice to Government.

The current skilled migration occupation lists can be found on the Combined current list of eligible skilled occupations page of the Department of Home Affairs website.

Please feel free to engage with the Department at any time. You can email us directly at skilledmigrationlist@jobs.gov.au.

What are the skilled migration occupation lists?

Australia’s employer-sponsored, points-tested and state nominated visa programs are underpinned by three 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 regularly reviews these lists and conducts consultation. 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. 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.

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

The current skilled occupation migration lists can be found on the Combined current list of eligible skilled occupations page on the Department of Home Affairs website.

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 5.

Stage 5

The Department analyses the submissions received, including any data and evidence provided, to inform its advice to Government. The Department may update its proposed changes to the lists after taking into account stakeholder evidence and further analysis.

History of the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists review

The Government announced reforms to Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled visa programs on 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 of the Department on Home Affairs website for details of these reforms.

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 for these matters.