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2017/2018 SOL – Will Your Job Be On The 2017/2018 Australian Skilled Occupations List?

The 2017/2018 SOL or Australian Skilled Occupations List comes into effect in under three months and those aspiring to move to Australia in the 2017 / 2018 migration year will be interested in the range of jobs listed within the 2017 / 2018 SOL.

Though the selection criteria for jobs listed within the Australian Skills Occupation list isn’t publically posted, the Australian government does provide some insight into the methodology used to shortlist occupations for the list.

Skilled Occupations List, Job Selection Methodology

The purpose of the SOL is to ensure the supply-driven component of Australia’s skilled migration programme is well targeted to highly-skilled migrants.

Around March each year, the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training reviews the skilled migration program’s Skilled Occupation List and provides advice on the jobs making up the SOL to the Minister for Immigration.

The suitability of occupations for inclusion on the SOL is assessed in a two-step process.

The first step involves identifying occupations that are most susceptible to supply constraints (e.g. due to the time taken to develop necessary skills) and/or most likely to warrant government intervention to address supply constraints.

The second step involves assessing the medium to long-term skill needs of the economy for each occupation, identified in Step 1, to determine if it would benefit from skilled migration.

It should be noted that the set of indicators for each occupation are considered together rather than separately. Indicators for occupations tend to be mixed and the advice provided is never based on a single indicator alone.

Generally, a shortlisted occupation would not be included on the SOL if:

The occupation is likely to be in surplus in the medium to long-term (based on the size and age of the current workforce, expected employment growth, and trends in student enrolments and completions); or

There are other more appropriate or specific visa options.

Jobs Flagged For Possible Removal from the 2017/2018 SOL

The Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training reviews the skilled migration program’s Skilled Occupation List and flags certain occupations for future removal. This means that roles currently listed on the 2016/2017 SOL will no longer qualify for sponsorship.

At the time of typing (April 2017), the following trades have been shortlisted for potential removal from the 2017/2018 Skilled occupations list.

  • Production Manager (Mining)
  • Accountant (General)
  • Management Accountant
  • Taxation Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Land Economist
  • Valuer
  • Ship’s Engineer
  • Ship’s Master
  • Ship’s Officer
  • Surveyor
  • Cartographer
  • Other Spatial Scientist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transport Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production or Plant Engineer
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Naval Architect
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Medical Radiation Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Anaesthetist
  • Cardiologist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Intensive Care Specialist
  • Paediatrician
  • Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Medical Practitioners (nec)
  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Psychologists (nec)
  • Chef
  • Boat Builder and Repairer
  • Shipwright

What should you be doing now if your occupation is flagged for removal from the 2017/2018 SOL?

2017 2018 Australian Skilled Occupations List 2017/2018 SOLIf you intend to apply for an Australian skilled visa and your occupation is listed as flagged, it is important to ensure that you lodge your expression of interest via SkillsSelect and receive an invitation to apply before 1 July 2017.

Not doing so may leave you with fewer options as it is likely (though not a guarantee) that the above occupations will be impacted as part of the current review.

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Written by Mark

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As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.

Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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  1. Hello,
    If I haved lodged my application before the change in SOL and havent received the invitation yet; will I be still affected by the upcoming SOL change. Please help.

  2. Hi Mark,
    I suppose to migrate Australia as a Quality Assurance Manager after obtaining PR. My Visa Category is 190.
    But the agents are telling that now there are no sponsorship for Quality Assurance Managers, except NT and it also a Temporary Visa.
    Please let me know whether I will able to get sponsorship from 2017/2018 CSOL list or I will not be able to migrate Australia any more…

  3. Hi Mark,

    I am a Training and Development professional and my VET assessment was positive. I was in the process of proceeding further but, now I see that my occupation is removed from the list. Are there any chances of it being added again? Will there be any luck?

      • Thanks Mark. I appreciate it. You are doing an amazing job. I could not get any information on the recent Australian Immigration policy anywhere else. Thanks again.

  4. Hi mark your such a big help for us . I just read all the comments written here.At the moment i don’t have any question pr

  5. Hi Mark,
    Thanks for your information. I submitted my EOI on 10th April 2017 as Electronics engineer for NSW state sponsored (subclass 190). But I can’t find Electronics engineer in new NSW priority occupation lists which updated on 19th April. So my question is that “Will NSW government still consider my EOI for state nomination? Can I still apply for other states or only applicable for subclass 189?

    • Hi Simon, Electronics engineer is listed on the MLTSSL with a double Asterix (**)

      Certain occupations on the MLTSSL are flagged with a double Asterix to highlight that these occupation types are restricted to applicants applying under certain visa classes only.

      In this instance, Electronics Engineer is on the list, however, it only qualifies for sponsorship under the following visa programs

      Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
      Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
      Skilled-Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489), if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.

      Hope this helps

  6. Hi Mark,

    Will Accountant (General) occupation remain in 2017- 2018 MTSSL list and when will be expected to get new list occupation ceiling or quota and how much minimum points be required for invitation and bands also

    regards
    aman

    • Hi Aman, unfortunately, I do not have an insider source with the Australian migration department so it’s really difficult to say if it will remain or what the minimum points will be. :)

      The new ceilings will likely come into effect from 1 July so I expect these will be announced in the coming weeks.

  7. Helo sir
    My occupation is wholesaler 133312 and my assessment is positive but my occupation is removed in stsol list please suggest me my occupation is added in stsol list in future or not or any other visa to apply.
    Pls tell me can I apply NZ Pr under this category

  8. Hi mark,
    I have done my bachelors in Metallurgical engineering and now I am planning to pursue my masters in Engineering management from Australia. My question is that is there any chances of metallurgy to make a come back in Sol list. furthermore , Am I eligible to apply in any other category apart from metallurgy ??

    • Hi Wajahat, it’s pretty hard to forecast if it will make a return, unfortunately.

      With regards to qualifying under different categories. Best way to check is to find an occupation that you think might be a fit and google this occupation together with the ANZSCO CODE for the occupation available on the MLTSSL followed by the term abs.gov.au (which narrows the results down to the Australian Beaurea of Statistics website.

      As an example:

      Aeronautical Engineer 233911 abs.gov.au

      will take you to the google search result, the top result is this page

      Hope this helps!

  9. Hi Mark,
    you are doing a great job. I am thinking of applying as sports administrator in Northern territory. Would I be affected under the current changes? Please advise.
    thanks,

  10. Helo sir
    My occupation is wholesaler 133312 and my assessment is positive but my occupation is removed in stsol list please suggest me my occupation is added in stsol list in future or not or any other visa to apply.
    Pls tell me can I apply NZ Pr under this category

  11. Your doing a great job Mark!!
    Can you please advise when the new quota for Visa allocation starts for 2017-18 considering in Management accountant category, it almost full.

    • Thanks Sushanth :) I expect the new occupations ceilings to be announced in the next few weeks however they won’t likely come into effect until 1st July.

  12. Hi mark,
    I already put in my eoi for electronic engineering for relative sponsorship 489 in nov 2016 for 60 points , do u think I will get invitation any chance. Plz let me know thanks

    • It’s difficult to say, Fatima, as the other candidates on the list will influence how long you might have to wait. ie. If someone joins the list this week but they have 70 points they will likely get an invitation before yourself even though you applied last year.

  13. Helo sir
    This removed occupation for a short time or permanently pls suggest me removed occupation is added in stsol list or not

    • Hi Vijay, according to the Australian government announcement, the occupations on the STSOL are to be reviewed every 6 months so any pccupations removed may be readded in the future.

  14. Hi..
    I am planning to get PR under Chemical Engineer. I have already get the skill assessment and planing to sit IELTS on 29th April. But I saw that Chemical Engineer has been removed on STSOL.
    It is on that 16 jobs which are removed from STSOL and still on the MLTSSL . Is here a possibility to remove it from MLTSSL on 1st June ?

    • Hi, Chemical Engineer is on the MLTSSL. You can only apply using this role for the following visa programs
      Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
      Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
      Skilled-Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489), if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.

      • Thank you Mark. But the problem is I did IELTS twice and couldn’t get 7 for each band which gives me 10 points to complete 60 points. For the third time I’m planning to do it on 29th April. I think that I cannot get an invitation before 1st July.
        Is there a possibility to remove Chemical Engineer from MLTSSL ?

  15. Hi Mark,

    Any idea as to when the ceiling will open for Developer Programmers (261312) for the year 2017-2018 quoto?

      • Yes Mark, I understand. However, i wanted to know if it opens in June or July?

        Last year it closed in May and re-opened in July. But this year it looks like its over by April,so it must open in June ideally.

  16. Hi Mark,

    When will the occupation ceiling be released? And since when can we start applying for 189 visa with 70 points in accouting? and how long wil it take to get the visa?

    • Ceilings should be released in the next few weeks Pragya, accounting is already on the new skilled list. It’s almost impossible to advise how long the process will take as it’s difficult to forecast how long it will take to receive an invite after registering an Expression Of Interest.

  17. Great job you’re doing here Mark, please, are you aware of instances where nurses get positive assessment from vetasses for health promotion officer positions?

    • Hi Sade, not personally but I would be inclined to visit the ABS website (just punch into google the occupation number (6 digits) followed by abs.gov.au) to view the job accountabilities.

      If the jobs are similar then there might be the opportunity to seek a positive assessment.

  18. Hi Mark,

    My occupation 233512 Mechanical Engineer is available in “MLTSS” Released on 19-04-2017.

    What exactly it’s mean.
    will it be removed in SOL 2017-18?
    It would be greatly appreciated if you can help me in replying above query.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Ali, the MLTSS is the new name for the SOL so if your occupation is listed there then it will likely remain for the 2017 – 2018 Migration year.

  19. Hello Mark ,

    What could be the option for general accountant?.I just have lodged my EOI in 60 points , is there any chance to get invitation by having 60 points only ? . Do you have any idea when will be the number of quota for accounting will be declared by government ?.

    • These questions are always difficult to answer unfortunately Raju as the likely hood of getting an invite isn’t only governed by the points and occupation but also the other candidates in front of you ‘in the queue’. I expect the new quotas to be published in the coming weeks. All the best!

  20. Hi Mark,

    I read that the MLTSSL list is still subject to the review outcome from the Department of Education and Training – does that means there might be a further removal of occupations from the MLTSSL list? Any idea when is the review outcome releasing?

    Thanks,
    Lin

    • Lin, I think this is highly unlikely. The list has now been published as part of Australian Legislation so I think it is unlikely.

      Regards

      Mark

  21. Hi Mark,
    Thanks for the article. May I know your forecast about “Mining Production Manager” occupation. I mean, is there any insight about the possibility of this occupation’s removal?
    I have already received my VET assessment and will be sitting the TOEFL exam in a month (I really need this time to get prepared). Then I will have a month ahead for EOI process. But, I am quite worried about the upcoming removals.
    Thank You
    Best Regards,
    Saz

  22. Hi Mark,

    Any idea about the External Auditor Position quota in 2017-2018 as this has been on the pro rata occupation list during the whole 2016-2017. Further, the minimum acceptable score for this is also 70 pts. This year the quota could increase or decline ? Additionally it is not a flagged occupation like Accountant.

    Regards
    Osman

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