Skilled Workers: Australia’s Global Visa List

Skilled workers: further to our recent post, referencing the reopening of Australia’s borders after two years of COVID closures, the Australian government has updated the skilled migration occupation list.

And boy, is it extensive. 🤓

This list is published to give skilled workers from across the globe an insight into the market demands for skilled workers in Australia.

And after two years of COVID-induced ‘fortress Australia’, 2022 has seen the list grow exponentially. Given there’s been zero immigration to Australia over the past two years, we are literally starved of skilled workers.

So let’s take a look at the skills Australia is looking for!

What is the Skilled Migration Occupation List?

It’s the list of skilled workers Australia is look for, to fill talent needs in our economy.

Essentially, these are the skills our workforce is in short supply of now, and what’s anticipated to be in demand in the short to medium term.

There are three categories in this list, devised by the federal government.

1 Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL):

This list is comprised of 215 occupations. These occupations are in demand in various Australian states and territories. This list was previously known as the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).

The applicable visas that can be applied for under STSOL list include:

  • Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190
  • Skilled Regional Provisional Visa Subclass 489
  • Direct Entry through Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 Visa
  • Visa Subclass 457 for Temporary Workers
  • Training Subclass 407 Visas

About 24 occupations listed in STSOL are eligible for positions in:

  • Regional Australia
  • State Nomination Streams

The authorities use STSOL for the points system while evaluating immigration applications.

It’s worth noting that in the Skilled Occupations List (the SOL), engineers, IT professionals, healthcare professionals, and workers in the education sector have an ongoing demand.

The occupations nominated in this list can be found here.

2 Medium- and Long-Term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL):

This list is comprised of 212 occupations.

The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MTLSSL) includes a set of skilled occupations determined by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Home Affairs (formerly DIBP).

This list is complementary to both the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and the The Regional Occupation List (ROL).

Occupations appearing on the MLTSSL can be used for a visa application for one of the following visa types:

Temporary visas

Subclass 407 – Training visa (Occupation training stream)

Subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visa

Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa

Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa

Permanent visas

Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent visa

Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated visa

Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

The occupations nominated in this list can be found here.

3 Regional Occupation List (ROL):

The Regional Occupation List (ROL) includes a set of skilled occupations determined by the Department of Employment (DoE) and the Department of Home Affairs. Along with the MLTSSL, the ROL it defines the occupations available for sponsorship on a Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS Visa)

Along with the Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) it defines the occupations available for sponsorship on a Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa.

The occupations nominated in this list can be found here.

Who’s Eligible? The Comprehensive List…

For workers thinking about moving to Australia, you will know that you will have to be granted a visa which allows you to legally work and live here.

To be eligible for an Australian work visa, you will have to meet a number of immigration criteria and your occupation should be listed on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List.

Below is the list of nearly 100 occupations which would qualify you for Australian skilled migration. If your occupation is listed on the list below, it is in your best interest to talk to your immigration consultant about the process so that he/she may advise you on your best course of action.

Here’s the comprehensive list:

Skilled workers

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