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

The Department of Jobs and Small Business has concluded the mid-2018 review and the outcomes are being carefully considered by Government. The final determination on the lists will be made by the Hon David Coleman MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. The outcomes of the mid-2018 review and details of the next review process will become available on our website once a decision has been made by 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 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 6.

Stage 6

The Department provides recommendations to Government, incorporating labour market analysis and key themes from the consultation, including additional evidence and data provided by stakeholders.

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.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Skilled Migration Occupation Lists.

Results

  1. Skilled Migration List Review: Methodology Consultation (October 2017)

    Created: 10 November 2017

    The Department of Employment is responsible for reviewing and recommending eligible occupations for the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term...

  2. Skilled Migration List Review: Traffic Light Bulletin Consultation (November – December 2017)

    Created: 15 January 2018

    The Department of Jobs and Small Business (formerly the Department of Employment) is responsible for reviewing and recommending eligible occupations for the Short-term Skilled...

  3. Skilled migration occupation list Submission Guidelines

    Created: 31 May 2018  |  Last modified: 4 June 2018

    The Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for reviewing the composition of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), the Medium and Long-term Strategic...

  4. Skilled migration occupation list survey outline

    Created: 31 May 2018

    The Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for reviewing the composition of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), the Medium and Long-term Strategic...

  5. Skilled Migration Occupation Lists proposed methodology

    Created: 19 September 2017

    More information on Skilled Migration Occupation Lists.

  6. Traffic light bulletin

    Created: 13 November 2017

    The Department of Employment is responsible for undertaking a regular review of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List ...

  7. Traffic light bulletin – May 2018

    Created: 31 May 2018

    The Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for undertaking a regular review of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), the Medium and Long-term Strategic...