Skilled Migration Occupation Lists Frequently Asked Questions

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The Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for regularly reviewing the skilled migration occupation lists to ensure they meet Australia’s labour market needs. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the skilled migration occupation lists and the review process are available.

When will the next consultation process occur?

Updates to the lists are scheduled to occur regularly each year. Formal submission periods are held in the months leading up to when each review is scheduled to conclude. However, stakeholders are welcome to engage with the Department at any time. Enquiries can be directed to skilledmigrationlist@jobs.gov.au. Details of the current process will be updated regularly on the Consultation on the skilled migration occupation lists page of the Department’s website.

What should my submission to the consultation process include?

A Submission Guide is available to provide guidance on making an effective submission.

What does the Department of Jobs and Small Business do with submissions made to the consultation process?

The Department will consider all information and evidence provided in submissions when developing advice to Government on the composition of the skilled migration occupation lists. Where an individual or organisation has indicated it would like the submission to be made publically available, it will be published on this website. Submissions that are lodged confidentially will not be published on the website.

Why haven’t you published all submissions?

Some stakeholders have requested that their submission remain confidential. The Department does not publish confidential submissions.

I made a submission to an earlier consultation process. Do I need to make another submission to the latest review?

The Department has access to submissions made in earlier consultations and will take them into account. However, if you still consider that a change needs to occur to the status of an occupation, it is advisable to make a new submission with as much new or updated data and evidence as possible. This reflects the intention that updates to the lists are responsive to changing labour market needs.

Can I make an email submission to the consultation process?

All submissions to the consultation process should be made via the online survey tool, which requires a one-off system registration. The survey tool also allows you to start a submission and then return to it later. If you are unable to use the online survey tool due to technical or accessibility issues, please contact the Department of Jobs and Small Business at skilledmigrationlist@jobs.gov.au. The Department is unable to guarantee that your submission will be published online if it is not received via the online survey tool.  Please note the online survey tool will only be accessible when there is a current submission process underway. A link will be placed on the Consultation on the skilled migration occupation lists page when submissions open.

Who is responsible for the final decision on the skilled migration occupation lists?

The Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs makes the final determination on the skilled migration occupation lists. The Department of Jobs and Small Business provides labour market analysis and stakeholder advice to Government to inform the decision-making process.

How often will the Regional Occupation List (ROL) be reviewed?

Updates to the ROL will take place regularly, aligned with the review of the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Details on this process including the next consultation dates will be provided on the skilled migration occupation list review page.

What are the main differences between the STSOL, MLTSSL, and the ROL?

The new Temporary Skill Shortage visa includes a short-term stream and a medium-term stream:

  • The short-term stream is for employers to source temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the STSOL for two years, with a possible extension of an additional two years, and with no eligibility to apply for permanent residence.
  • The medium-term stream is for employers to source highly skilled overseas workers to fill critical skills in occupations included on the MLTSSL for up to four years, with eligibility to apply for permanent residence after three years.
  • The ROL is for highly skilled overseas workers employed in designated regional areas and operates alongside the current STSOL and MLTSSL. It provides for a four-year visa with a permanent residency pathway.

Please direct questions about which list an occupation is on to the contact page on the Department of Home Affairs website. The Department of Home Affairs has responsibility for maintaining the current lists.

Can the Department of Jobs and Small Business provide advice about visa types?

The Department of Jobs and Small Business is unable to provide advice on visa matters. Questions relating to visas and other immigration issues should be directed to the contact page on the Department of Home Affairs website.