Consultation on Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

The Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for undertaking a regular review of the new Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Regional Occupation List (ROL). These occupation lists are used for skilled migration to meet short and medium/long term needs for the Australian economy.

Most recent update to the Skilled Migration Occupations Lists

The Minister for Home Affairs announced the establishment of the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa and the interim ROL on 18 March 2018. To view these updates, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Stakeholder consultation for July 2018 update

The next update to the STSOL and MLTSSL will occur in July 2018. The Department of Jobs and Small Business is conducting a review of the skilled migration occupation lists prior to this update and will consult with stakeholders during this process.

In the coming months, the Department will publish a Traffic Light Bulletin of occupations, indicating the outcomes of its initial labour market analysis. The Traffic Light Bulletin shows the occupations that are flagged for a change in status based on the Department’s labour market analysis.

At this stage, the Department is not seeking public submissions through its website. It will open the website for formal submissions following the conclusion of its labour market analysis.

Please feel free to engage with the Department at any time during this review. You can email us at More details of the consultation process will be published on this webpage in the coming weeks.

Previous consultations

In November 2017 the Department published a Traffic Light Bulletin which shows the proposed changes and invited stakeholders to provide feedback to the Department.

The submission period to provide feedback on the Traffic Light Bulletin has now closed and the submissions received through this process are now available online.