The following visas are available to individuals who are qualified to work or train in an
eligible skilled occupation in Australia and can meet all other requirements:
The occupations available are reviewed regularly by the
Department of Jobs and Small Business to ensure their responsiveness to changes in the Australian labour market and regional variations across Australia. For more information, including how to make a submission in relation to a particular occupation.
The most recent update to these lists occurred on 18 March 2018 -
Summary of 18 March 2018 changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations. This update was, however, outside of the regular review schedule and was implemented to coincide with the introduction of the new
Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) and related changes to the permanent employer sponsored skilled visas. For information on recent reforms to Australia's skilled visa programs - see Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa – Government reforms to employer sponsored skilled migration visas.
current list of eligible skilled occupations can be found in a legislative instrument for the relevant visa program (see below). In order to determine which visa program may be available to you depending on your occupation, we recommend that you first check the
Combined current list of eligible skilled occupations.
This single alphabetical list of the eligible skilled occupations also provides information regarding:
- whether the occupation is included on the
Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the
Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or the
Regional Occupation List (ROL) for the particular visa program
Assessing Authorities which you must contact if you are required to complete a skills assessment for your visa application. There will be a charge for this service and the assessing authority will provide all necessary application forms and associated information
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) code for each occupation. The ANZSCO provides information on the skill levels of jobs, qualifications and/or experience needed to work in occupations -
see Australian Bureau of Statistics
- whether any caveats apply to your particular occupation. Caveats (indicated via ‘asterisk(s)’) in the list exclude the occupations in certain circumstances from use under the subclass 186 and TSS visa programs
only. A summary of
Caveats on occupations is available.
*Note: this combined list does not currently contain information in relation to the eligible skilled occupations for the RSMS visa program. For information on these, see the relevant RSMS legislative instrument below.
The table below provides information on the formal legislative instrument(s) which specify the occupations available for the skilled visa types listed.
Pending nomination and/or visa applications will not be adversely impacted by the subsequent removal of any occupation from the skilled occupation lists.
If you already hold a skilled visa, you will not be impacted by these removed occupations unless there are changes in your circumstances which require the lodgement of a new nomination application – in which case you may then be impacted. This for example may occur if you are changing your occupation or employer, and your occupation is no longer on the skilled occupation lists.
Caveats on occupations for certain visa subclasses
Caveats on occupations apply to certain occupations for the purposes of subclass 186 and TSS visa programs
Changes to occupational caveats (including additional or changed caveats) will
only impact new applications lodged after the commencement of a new instrument. Applications lodged before the change will
not be impacted.