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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 1Commence data collection and planning for stakeholder consultation.
Stage 2Once 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.
Stage 3The Department publishes the outcomes of the initial labour market analysis, stakeholder consultation and views from across government in the form of a Traffic Light Bulletin, outlining which occupations have been flagged for a change in status on its website. The Department also opens its online survey tool for stakeholders to make submissions. Guidance on what to include in a submission is available in our Submission Guidelines.
See the Consultation page for more details.
Stage 4The submission period closes. The length of the submission period may vary from one review to the next depending on data availability and other consideration.
Stage 5The Department analyses the submissions received, including any data and evidence provided, to inform its advice to Government. The Department updates its advice to Government as appropriate after taking into account stakeholder evidence and further analysis.
Stage 6The Department provides advice to the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, incorporating labour market analysis and key themes from the consultation, including additional evidence and data provided by stakeholders. The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business writes to the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs with recommendations for changes to the skilled migration occupation lists.
Stage 7The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs decides on the composition of the skilled migration occupation lists and legislative instruments are updated on the Lists of eligible skilled occupations page on the Department of Home Affairs website. The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business publishes public submissions and attachments online.
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.