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MLTSSL – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List

View the 2017 – 2018 MLTSSL list to see if your occupation qualifies for an Australian Visa

The MTSSL or the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List is a list, published by the Australian government, of occupations that qualify for consideration as part of an Applicants Australian Visa Application.

The list used to be referred to as the Australian Skilled Occupations List (SOL) but for whatever reason (perhaps there weren’t enough acronyms) the Australian government made the decision to present the updated list which they called the MLTSSL,

If you are looking to emigrate to Australia under one of the skilled Visa Schemes, you will need to have an occupation posted on the MLTSSL.

Occupations on the MLTSSL

Occupations that appear on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) are listed below in alphabetical order for ease of reference. It’s not the easiest of lists to follow so please take note of the comments at the beginning of the list that explain the purpose of some of the asterixis and other notes.

Please Note:

  • Caveats apply to certain occupations on these lists which exclude the use of the occupation in certain circumstances for the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457) programme.
    Caveats are indicated via ‘*** asterisks’. For specific information about each caveat – see the legislative Instrument page on the Australian Governments website.
  • Certain occupations on the MLTSSL are flagged with a double Asterix which means that these occupation types are restricted to applicants applying under certain visa classes only. The occupations indicated via ‘** asterisks’ are only available 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.

If you need further information about the flagged occupations – see the legislative Instrument on the Australian government website

  • Applicants who require a skills assessment as part of their visa application must contact a relevant assessing authority directly to obtain a skill assessment. The assessing authority will provide all necessary applications forms and associated information relating to the assessment. There will be a charge by the assessing authorities for the assessment.
Occupation ANZSCO Code Assessing Authority
Accountant (General)*** 221111 CPA/CA/IPA
Actuary 224111 VETASSESS
Aeronautical Engineer 233911 Engineers Australia
Agricultural Consultant 234111 VETASSESS
Agricultural Engineer 233912 Engineers Australia
Agricultural Scientist 234112 VETASSESS
Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber 334112 TRA
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic 342111 TRA
Anaesthetist 253211 Medical Board of Australia
Analyst Programmer 261311 ACS
Architect 232111 AACA
Audiologist 252711 VETASSESS
Automotive Electrician 321111 TRA
Barrister 271111 SLAA
Biomedical Engineer 233913 Engineers Australia
Boat Builder and Repairer 399111 TRA
Bricklayer 331111 TRA
Cabinetmaker 394111 TRA
Cardiologist 253312 Medical Board of Australia
Cardiothoracic Surgeon 253512 Medical Board of Australia
Carpenter 331212 TRA
Carpenter and Joiner 331211 TRA
Cartographer 232213 VETASSESS
Chef*** 351311 TRA
Chemical Engineer** 233111 Engineers Australia
Child Care Centre Manager 134111 TRA
Chiropractor 252111 CCEA
Civil Engineer 233211 Engineers Australia
Civil Engineering Draftsperson 312211 Engineers Australia / VETASSESS
Civil Engineering Technician** 312212 VETASSESS
Clinical Haematologist 253313 Medical Board of Australia
Clinical Psychologist 272311 APS
Computer Network and Systems Engineer 263111 ACS
Construction Project Manager 133111 VETASSESS
Dermatologist 253911 Medical Board of Australia
Developer Programmer 261312 ACS
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist 253917 Medical Board of Australia
Diesel Motor Mechanic 321212 TRA
Drainer 334113 TRA
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher 241111 AITSL
Educational Psychologist 272312 APS
Electrical Engineer 233311 Engineers Australia
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson 312311 Engineers Australia
Electrical Engineering Technician 312312 TRA
Electrical Linesworker** 342211 TRA
Electrician (General) 341111 TRA
Electrician (Special Class) 341112 TRA
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker 342313 TRA
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) 342314 TRA
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) 342315 TRA
Electronics Engineer** 233411 Engineers Australia
Emergency Medicine Specialist 253912 Medical Board of Australia
Endocrinologist 253315 Medical Board of Australia
Engineering Manager 133211 Engineers Australia /AIM
Engineering Technologist 233914 Engineers Australia
Environmental Engineer 233915 Engineers Australia
External Auditor 221213 CPA/CA/IPA
Fibrous Plasterer 333211 TRA
Fitter (General) 323211 TRA
Fitter and Turner 323212 TRA
Fitter-Welder 323213 TRA
Forester 234113 VETASSESS
Gasfitter 334114 TRA
Gastroenterologist 253316 Medical Board of Australia
General Practitioner 253111 Medical Board of Australia
Geotechnical Engineer 233212 Engineers Australia
Glazier 333111 TRA
ICT business Analyst 261111 ACS
Industrial Engineer** 233511 Engineers Australia
Intensive Care Specialist 253317 Medical Board of Australia
Internal Auditor 221214 VETASSESS
Joiner 331213 TRA
Land Economist 224511 VETASSESS
Landscape Architect 232112 VETASSESS
Lift Mechanic 341113 TRA
Locksmith 323313 TRA
Management Accountant 221112 CPA/CA/IPA
Materials Engineer** 233112 Engineers Australia
Mechanical Engineer 233512 Engineers Australia
Medical Administrator** 134211 VETASSESS
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 251211 AIR
Medical Laboratory Scientist 234611 AIMS
Medical Oncologist 253314 Medical Board of Australia
Medical Practitioners nec 253999 Medical Board of Australia
Medical Radiation Therapist 251212 AIR
Metal Fabricator 322311 TRA
Metal Machinist (First Class) 323214 TRA
Midwife 254111 ANMAC
Motor Mechanic (General) 321211 TRA
Motorcycle Mechanic 321213 TRA
Naval Architect 233916 Engineers Australia
Neurologist 253318 Medical Board of Australia
Neurosurgeon 253513 Medical Board of Australia
Nuclear Medicine Technologist 251213 ANZSNM
Nurse Practitioner 254411 ANMAC
Nursing Clinical Director 134212 ANMAC
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist 253913 Medical Board of Australia
Occupational Therapist 252411 OTC
Ophthalmologist 253914 Medical Board of Australia
Optometrist 251411 OCANZ
Organisational Psychologist 272313 APS
Orthopaedic Surgeon 253514 Medical Board of Australia
Orthotist or Prosthetist 251912 VETASSESS
Osteopath 252112 ANZOC
Other Spatial Scientist 232214 VETASSESS
Otorhinolaryngologist 253515 Medical Board of Australia
Paediatric Surgeon 253516 Medical Board of Australia
Paediatrician 253321 Medical Board of Australia
Painting trades workers 332211 TRA
Panelbeater 324111 TRA
Pathologist 253915 Medical Board of Australia
Physicist (Medical Physicist only) 234914 ACPSEM
Physiotherapist 252511 APC
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon 253517 Medical Board of Australia
Plumber (General) 334111 TRA
Podiatrist 252611 APodCANZPAC
Pressure Welder** 322312 TRA
Primary Health Organisation Manager 134213 VETASSESS
Production Manager (Mining)** 133513 VETASSESS
Production or Plant Engineer** 233513 Engineers Australia
Project Builder** 133112 VETASSESS
Psychiatrist 253411 Medical Board of Australia
Psychologists nec 272399 APS
Psychotherapist 272314 VETASSESS
Quantity Surveyor 233213 AIQS
Radiation Oncologist 253918 Medical Board of Australia
Radio Communications Technician 313211 TRA
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 254412 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) 254413 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Community Health) 254414 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 254415 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) 254416 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) 254417 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 254421 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Medical) 254418 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 254422 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) 254425 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 254423 ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Surgical) 254424 ANMAC
Registered Nurses nec 254499 ANMAC
Renal Medicine Specialist 253322 Medical Board of Australia
Rheumatologist 253323 Medical Board of Australia
Roof plumber 334115 TRA
Secondary School Teacher 241411 AITSL
Sheetmetal Trades Worker 322211 TRA
Ship’s Engineer** 231212 AMSA
Ship’s Master** 231213 AMSA
Ship’s Officer** 231214 AMSA
Shipwright 399112 TRA
Small Engine Mechanic 321214 TRA
Social Worker 272511 AASW
Software Engineer 261313 ACS
Solicitor 271311 SLAA
Solid Plasterer 333212 TRA
Sonographer 251214 AIR
Special Education Teachers nec 241599 AITSL
Special Needs Teacher 241511 AITSL
Specialist Physician (General Medicine) 253311 Medical Board of Australia
Specialist Physicians nec 253399 Medical Board of Australia
Speech Pathologist 252712 SPA
Stonemason** 331112 TRA
Structural Engineer 233214 Engineers Australia
Surgeon (General) 253511 Medical Board of Australia
Surveyor 232212 SSSI
Systems Analyst 261112 ACS
Taxation Accountant 221113 CPA/CA/IPA
Teacher of the Hearing Impaired 241512 AITSL
Teacher of the Sight Impaired 241513 AITSL
Technical Cable Jointer 342212 TRA
Telecommunications Engineer 263311 Engineers Australia
Telecommunications Field Engineer 313212 Engineers Australia
Telecommunications Network Engineer 263312 Engineers Australia
Telecommunications Network Planner** 313213 Engineers Australia
Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist 313214 Engineers Australia
Thoracic Medicine Specialist 253324 Medical Board of Australia
Transport Engineer 233215 Engineers Australia
Urologist 253518 Medical Board of Australia
Valuer 224512 VETASSESS
Vascular Surgeon 253521 Medical Board of Australia
Veterinarian 234711 AVBC
Wall and Floor Tiler 333411 TRA
Welder (First Class) 322313 TRA
Welfare Centre Manager 134214 ACWA/VETASSESS

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. Hi Mark, my wife, daughter and I are currently in Australia on a 457 visa. It was granted May’16 and we like most others plan on applying for pr after 2 years through our employer. Obviously that would be May’18. We were granted the visa as a travel agent manager, which is no longer on either list from what i can see.
    With the conflicting info out there, do you think we will be able to apply for PR after March’18? Thanks

  2. Hello Mark
    I am arslan, I applied my eoi on 14 January 2017 for electronics engineering, as now the quota is almost complete and i am waiting for an invitation in july or August. If it stays in new mltssl list, my question is electronics engineering staying in new mltssl list coming in july or not?? If not what are the pathways to file PR?
    I will be v thankful to you,

    • We’ll have a better idea in the next few weeks hopefully Arsian, I don’t have a secret insight beyond the publically published information, unfortunately.

  3. Hi Mark,

    Thank you so much for your help in this for forum. Here is my question: my occupation is biomedical engineer 233913. This is both in the previous SOL and in the new MTSSL. But on March 24th, I received an email from ANZSCO Search mentioning that my occupation (biomedical engineer) had reach the ceiling and that I had to wait for the new SOL to be published on July 1st, 2017…

    But now there is the MTSSL replacing SOL so:
    – should I still wait until July 1st to make sure my occupation (biomedical engineer) will remain on the SOL/MTSSL list OR
    – I can consider that, since MTSSL replace SOL as of today, all occupations mentioned on the new MTSSL have not yet reach their ceiling value.

    Thank you for your help :)
    Not clear to me!

    • Hi Alex, it’s pretty unclear to everyone, to be honest :)

      As I see it.

      – The MLTSSL has replaced the SOL so if an occupation was on the SOL but no longer on the MLTSSL then the opportunity to apply under this occupation is no more unfortunately.
      – If an occupation is on the MLTSSL (that used to be on the SOL) then the occupation ceiling originally allocated to the occupation prior to the changes will apply through to 30 June 2017 (end of the current migration year).
      – New occupation ceilings will likely come into effect for the occupations on the MLTSSL from 1 July 2017 with a number o potential changes to the MLTSSL also coming into effect from 1 July.

      Hope this helps clear things up a little?

      • Hi Mark,

        Thank you for your answer. It is clear that it is absolutely not clear :)
        Actually my issue is even more complex, perhaps you could advice me as well here!

        I just past my IELTS exam with 7+ on each module so I should be granted with 10 points on the Skill Select program. I am 31 so 30 points as well here and I have an engineering diploma so +15 points. Total is 55 points for sure.

        My last chance to get extra points, as I have no experience in Australia, is that “Engineers Australia” confirms my job experience in France. BUT I have 2 options:

        1/ submit a file as “biomedical engineer” for which I am sure they will grant me at least 5 years of experience so I will get +10 points therefore a total of 65 points. But I face the risk that the occupation “biomedical engineer”, as it is flagged at the moment, will not remain on the MLTSSL list on July 1st…

        2/ submit a file as “engineering manager”, also on the MLTSSL, not flagged so with 100% chance to remain on the MLTSSL list on July 1st, but which seems more difficult to be granted with some experience by the Engineers Australia as they request a lot of documentation evidence… and if they don’t grant me at least 3 years of experience, then I won’t get the 60 points for the VISA :(

        As you can read, I am both very motivated to go working in Australia and facing headache whether how I should apply for my VISA! :)
        Hope you could provide me some advice and that my story can help others.

        Good luck to everyone!

  4. Hi mark I already lodged my file for 457 visa I applied nomination and visa application together in painting trade works could u tell me plz how long they can take it for decision and this decision will be in favour or against ??????

    • Hi Jasbar, I am assuming you have an employer sponsoring you? Typically, a 457 visa is processed in approximately 14 – 16 weeks.

      With regards to the outcome, It’s difficult to forecast from here with the info available.

  5. Hello Mark,
    Thanks for your response ,I am already on 457 if I apply for permanent residency, did I can get exemptions from English requirements or I need have 6 each band in ielts to apply for PR . Painting trade work

  6. Hi Mark,
    I am applying for retail manger from Orange pizza hut restaurant( Dine in or buffet ) in August 2017 for RSMS. One employee is already got PR from this business in 2015 and their time period is finishing in 5th august 2017.
    What are the changes effected with my application ?
    I’ll wait your kind reply.

  7. Good Morning Mark,
    I am going to Apply for 187 RSMS next week in Direct Entry Stream and I want to know if changes from March 2018 will affect on my file.

  8. Thanks sir , I received your message , did I need 6 bands each for applying permanent residency.

    Trade works painting

  9. Hey i applied under industrial engineer 233511 which is available for visa 189 . is the new list valid for 2017-18 or it might change again??

    • Should be valid for 2017 – 2018 Advitiya. The shorter term STSOL is likely to be updated every 6 months or so, however, I expect the MLTSSL however (long term/permanent visa) to remain unchanged until at least Q1 2018.

      • Thanks Mark , Me and my friend filed an EOI with 60 points in December. I know that the seat allocation for this year is almost done. Any idea when we can expect an invitation ?
        Also when can we expect a formal announcement if it is infact a list for 2017/18.
        Thanks in Advance

  10. Hi ,this is zee, currently I am on 457 visa it nearly 2 years have to apply permanent residency within 3 months .New rules will affect , if I apply for PR
    My trade is painting and decorating

  11. Is production or plant engineer still going to go pro rata in july 2017 or will relative sponsor 489 invitations will be given to this occupation.

    • Both lists come into effect the day after the legislation was published and replaced the SOL which expired in July. I don’t anticipate any change to this list in the Short term, especially in a little over 3 months.

  12. My occupation is 233513 production or plant engineer. Is this profession be available in July 2017 for 489 relative sponser with 65 points

    • This occupation will only qualify for sponsorship under the following visa schemes

      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.

      The list is valid now and I don’t anticipate any changes to the MLTSSL as soon as July

  13. Hi, Mark. Good day to you. My nominated occupation is 221111 Accountant (General), with DOE lodged to SkillSelect, DOE 21/11/2016 with point score of 65+5. Since then, I have been eagerly waiting for invitation for both 189 and NSW 190. My point score will increase by 5 to 70+5 on this coming 5/5/2017 for completion of 3 years overseas working experience as an Accountant.

    Based on the new MLTSSL and current trend for NSW 190 invitation, which is rather inactive if compared to previous years (only 1853 issued out of 4000 planned as at 28/2/2017), when do you think I could be possibly getting an invitation? Thank you.

    • Jie, it is almost impossible to say unfortunately as the likelihood of receiving an invitation is based on a number of factors. Eg. occupation ceiling, other applicants in the queue. The other applicant scores versus yours etc.

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