Updated List of Eligible Skilled Occupations

Australia’s Skilled Visa Programs are targeted to certain skilled occupations. The occupations available depend on the visa program you apply for and are set out in occupation lists.

The occupation lists are reviewed every six months to respond to changes to skill needs across Australia. The next review is scheduled for January 2018. There are caveats on certain occupations which exclude the use of the occupation in certain circumstances. It is essential to note:

  • A single alphabetical list of occupations eligible for the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa programs is available.
  • For all other visa programs, it is critical to check the correct list for the program of visa applied for.

Skilled independent permanent visas (subclasses 189 and 489)

For the following visas: Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points-tested stream, or the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – Family nominated, the relevant occupation list is found by reference to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) in the relevant legislative instrument – see: section 7 of IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities.

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Skilled nominated permanent visas (subclasses 190 and 489)

For the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), and the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – State or Territory nominated visa, the occupation nominated must be included in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) subject to the occupation-specific exclusions specified in the relevant tables – see section 7 and 8 of IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities.

  • Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) – IMMI 17/060: Specification of Occupations—Subclass 457
  • Visa Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) –Direct Entry Stream – IMMI 17/080: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities – Subclass 186 Visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) – Direct Entry Stream – IMMI 17/058: Occupations for Subclass 187 visas and IMMI 15/109: Specification of the class of persons 2015

Other temporary visas (subclasses 485 and 407)

For the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream, the relevant occupation list is the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) of the relevant legislative instrument – see section 7 of IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities.

For the Training visa (subclass 407) to enhance skills in an eligible occupation, the relevant list of occupation is found in IMMI 17/071: Specification of Occupations—Subclass 407 Visa.

Removed occupations

On 1 July 2017, 12 occupations were removed entirely from the list of eligible skilled occupations.If your occupation has been removed from the list, this will affect your application for the visa if you apply for one of the following visa programs on or after 1 July 2017:

  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream
  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  • Training visa (subclass 407) – Nomination eligibility type 2 – Occupational training to enhance skills in an eligible occupation.
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
  • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489); and
  • your subclass 457 visa or nomination application is still being processed by the Department on 1 July 2017.

Further information and assistance

Understanding the lists of skilled occupations and the list that applies to your circumstances is critical. For assistance on this, and on all skilled visa program matters, starting from your initial visa planning, through to application, through to appeals if your visa has been refused or your visa has been cancelled, contact us at Chisholm Law.

2018-10-26T14:18:49+08:00