Skilled Migration Occupation Lists


On 18 April 2017, the Government announced reforms to Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled visa programs. As part of these reforms, the skilled occupation lists that underpin these visa programs will be updated regularly to ensure that they are responsive to genuine skill needs across Australia.

The Department of Employment is responsible for reviewing occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). These lists underpin employer sponsored and points-tested skilled visa programs. The review will identify occupations required to meet the short and medium to long-term skilled workforce needs of the Australian economy.

More information on the current skilled occupations lists can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Updates to skilled occupations lists

The next update to the STSOL and MLTSSL will occur in January 2018. The Government will make a final decision only when all stakeholder feedback has been considered.

Current consultation process

Consultation on the Traffic Light Bulletin on possible changes to the skilled migration occupation lists

The Department has released a Traffic Light Bulletin on possible changes to the skilled migration occupation lists.

This Traffic Light Bulletin is for consultation purposes only.

The Department invites stakeholders to provide evidence and feedback in relation to the specific occupations identified for possible change.

The submission period will run to 1 December 2017. To make a submission to the review, please complete the online survey form which is available on the Consultation on Skilled Migration Occupation Lists page.

Previous consultation process

In October 2017, the Department published its draft methodology for providing advice on the composition of the STSOL and MLTSSL. The submission period for stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft methodology has now closed. The submissions received through this process are now available online.

Review completion

The Minister for Employment will provide recommendations from the review to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, who has the authority to implement the lists under the Migration Act 1958.

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