Individuals and Travellers

Lists of eligible skilled occupations

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 - see 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.

A 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
  • the 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
  • the 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.

Legislative instruments

The table below provides information on the formal legislative instrument(s) which specify the occupations available for the skilled visa types listed.

Visa Program (s)

Subclasses (streams or types)

Legislative Instrument(s)

Skilled independent permanent visas

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points-tested stream
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - Family nominated

IMMI 18/051: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities

Skilled nominated permanent visas

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - State or Territory nominated

IMMI 18/051: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities

Employer sponsored visa programsTemporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)

IMMI 18/048: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities—Subclass 482 Visa

 

Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) - this visa is closed to new applications.


For applications lodged before 17 January 2018 - see:

IMMI 17/060: Specification of Occupations—Subclass 457 Visa

For applications lodged on or after 17 January 2018 - see:

IMMI 18/004: Specification of Occupations—Subclass 457 Visa

 

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) IMMI 18/049: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities—Subclass 186 Visa
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)

The below legislative instrument lists eligible skilled occupations for the RSMS visa

IMMI 18/043: Specification of Occupations — Subclass 187 Visa

The below legislative instrument lists skilled occupations which require skills assessments

IMMI 12/096 – Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities

Other temporary visa programs

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work
Training visa (subclass 407)

IMMI 18/051: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities
IMMI 18/050: Specification of Occupations—Subclass 407 Visa

Removed occupations

If your occupation has been removed from the list, you will only be impacted if you apply for a skilled visa on or after the date on which the occupation was removed from the relevant skilled occupation list.

Applications lodged before the change will not be impacted.  If you already hold a skilled visa, you will not be impacted by these removed occupations unless you apply for a further skilled visa or are changing your occupation or employer.

Caveats on occupations for certain visa subclasses

Caveats on occupations apply to certain occupations for the purposes of subclass 186 and TSS visa programs only.

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.