Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

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The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (formerly the Department of Jobs and Small Business) regularly reviews the skilled migration occupation lists to ensure they are responsive to genuine skill needs across Australia. These lists underpin a range of employer-sponsored, points-tested, state-nominated and training visa programs.

Current status

We have published a Traffic Light Bulletin outlining proposed changes to the skilled migration occupation lists and are seeking public submissions. The submission period concludes on 12 February 2020. To make a submission, please visit the Consultation page.

Please note the Traffic Light Bulletin is a draft for consultation purposes only. It does not represent a decision of Government.

If an occupation does not appear on the Traffic Light Bulletin then no change is proposed to the current status of that occupation. The current skilled migration occupation lists can be found on the Combined current list of eligible skilled occupations page on the Department of Home Affairs website.

In developing the Traffic Light Bulletin the Department has applied an updated methodology for undertaking its analysis. The updated methodology is available.

As part of this consultation, the Department is working closely with stakeholders to identify new and emerging occupations not currently listed in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). The Department strongly encourages stakeholders to provide evidence of occupations not currently listed in ANZSCO in the online submission form.

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

Did you know?

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is conducting two consultation processes over the next six months for the:

  • Review of the Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List (NSNL), which will establish a replacement methodology for targeting apprenticeship incentives from 1 July 2020. This review will also update the apprenticeship occupations that are able to attract the Additional Identified Skills Shortage (AISS) Payment. Details of this review are available on our National Skills Needs List Consultation page.
  • Review of Australia’s Skilled Migration Occupation Lists. These lists are regularly updated to reflect genuine skills needs. Details of the next review are available on our Consultation page.

More information on two processes is in the updated methodology.

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 ensure the skilled migration lists reflect genuine skills needs and enable businesses to temporarily access the skills they need to grow if skilled Australian workers are not available. 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 migration occupation 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 3.

Stage 3

The Department publishes the outcomes of the initial labour market analysis on its website and opens its online survey tool for stakeholders to make submissions. Guidance on how to make a submission is in our Submission Guidelines.
The submission period concludes on 12 February 2020. See the Consultation page for more details.

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 Employment, Skills, Small and Family 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.