Consultation on Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the Department) is responsible for regularly reviewing the skilled migration occupation lists to ensure they are responsive to genuine skill needs across Australia. To support this, the department consults with industry, employers, unions and individuals in developing advice for the Australian Government on the occupations required to meet the labour market needs of the Australian economy.

COVID-19 update: Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the announcement on updates to the skilled migration occupation lists has been delayed. This page will be kept up to date with the most current information the Department has regarding the timing of the announcement.

For information about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australia’s migration system, please go to the Department of Home Affairs website at https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/

Current status

The submission period is now closed.  You can still access the Traffic Light Bulletin and the Department’s updated methodology remain available on this website.

We will publish details of the final decision of Government on this website, when it is announced. An update to the skilled migration occupation lists is expected to be announced in March 2020.

Indicative review timeline

Indicative skilled migration occupation list review timeline

Date Description
4 September 2019
  • Commence review
  • Commence consultation
December 2019
  • Publish Traffic Light Bulletin outlining outcomes of initial labour market analysis, stakeholder consultation and views from across government. The purpose of the Traffic Light Bulletin is to identify which occupations have been flagged for a change in status on one of the lists
  • Online submission period opens
12 February 2020
  • Online submission period closes
March 2020
  • End review

Participation in consultation processes

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

For more information on how best to participate in consultation processes, refer to the department’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Previous consultation processes

In October 2017, the department published its draft methodology for providing advice on the composition of the STSOL and MLTSSL. The submissions received through this process are now available online. This consultation process is now closed.

In November 2017, the Department consulted on possible changes to the skilled migration occupation lists for the January 2018 update. The submissions received through this process are now available online. This consultation process is now closed.

In May - June 2018, the department consulted on possible changes to the skilled migration occupation lists. The public submissions received through this process are now available online. This consultation process is now closed. Following this review the skilled migration occupation lists were updated in 11 March 2019.

Enquiries and mailing list

Enquiries can be directed to skilledmigrationlist@employment.gov.au.

To receive updates on the skilled migration list review process, email this address and request to be added to the mailing list.