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

The next update to Australia’s skilled migration occupation lists is scheduled to be announced in March 2020.

On 4 September 2019, the Department commenced a review of the skilled migration occupation lists.

We are currently meeting with interested stakeholders. If you would like to meet with us please email skilledmigrationlist@employment.gov.au.

Please note: the online submission process is not yet open. Please see the Consultation on Skilled Migration Occupation Lists page for the review timeline and details on when you can make a submission to us.

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 occupation migration 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 1.

Stage 2

Once it has collected data, the Department undertakes a labour market analysis using its methodology. The Department will also begin meeting with interested stakeholders, including through industry roundtables and bilateral meetings.
See 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.