Will Your Occupation Be Removed From The Australian SOL

flagged jobs on the SOL

As part of the annual SOL review, there are a number of occupations which are ‘flagged’ for possible removal in the future.

Generally, occupations are flagged when there is emerging evidence of excess supply in the labour market. For the 2016–17 SOL, 51 occupations have been flagged.

Although being flagged down not guarantee that the role will be removed, we’d suggest that people looking to emigrate to Australia under one of the occupations below take this as an early ‘heads up’ that your choices may be limited when the 2017-2018 SOL is announced early next year.

Flagged Occupations for potential removal on the SOL for 2016 –17

ANZSCO Code Occupation
133513 Production Manager (Mining)
221111 Accountant (General)
221112 Management Accountant
221113 Taxation Accountant
224111 Actuary
224511 Land Economist
224512 Valuer
231212 Ship’s Engineer
231213 Ship’s Master
231214 Ship’s Officer
232212 Surveyor
232213 Cartographer
232214 Other Spatial Scientist
233111 Chemical Engineer
233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
233213 Quantity Surveyor
233214 Structural Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer
233411 Electronics Engineer
233511 Industrial Engineer
233512 Mechanical Engineer
233513 Production or Plant Engineer
233911 Aeronautical Engineer
233912 Agricultural Engineer
233913 Biomedical Engineer
233914 Engineering Technologist
233915 Environmental Engineer
233916 Naval Architect
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist
234711 Veterinarian
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist
252411 Occupational Therapist
262611 Podiatrist
252712 Speech Pathologist
253111 General Practitioner
253211 Anaesthetist
253312 Cardiologist
253315 Endocrinologist
253316 Gastroenterologist
253317 Intensive Care Specialist
253321 Paediatrician
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253999 Medical Practitioners nec
271111 Barrister
271311 Solicitor
272314 Psychotherapist
272399 Psychologists nec
351311 Chef*
399111 Boat Builder and Repairer
399112 Shipwright

* Indicates that the occupation excludes positions in fast food or takeaway food service.

  1. Jahan 2 weeks ago

    Hi Mark ,

    I’m currently studying Building and Construction Management at university of Canberra and expecting to graduate in mid 2018 . I am majoring in Quantity Surveying and wish to apply for pr.
    QS is flagged at the moment . Do you think it will get removed in near future ?


  2. jo 1 month ago

    I am a UK Solicitor in the process of having my qualifications assessed in Australia. Is it likely that Solicitors will be removed from the 17/18 SOL? I note that are only 126 this year with a ceiling of 5000. Is this taken into account?


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      Mark 3 weeks ago

      Hi Jo, short answer is we won’t know if the role will be removed until later in the year when the submissions are made to Parliment.

      With regards to the numbers, yes they are most certainly taken into account.

      Best wishes


  3. jeol 3 months ago

    Hi Mark,
    I am Mechanical Engineer and I was wondering if it is going to be remove from the list for the 2017-2018 period.

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      Mark 3 months ago

      Hi Joel, it’s only been flagged to be removed at this stage, We probably won’t know for sure until early next year when the new Skilled Occupations List is being prepared.

      All the best


  4. Mujtaba 3 months ago

    Hi Mark.
    I have applied for 189 visa last december (i.e 11 dec 2015) as Mechanical Engineer. I have claimed 60 points and I have provided them with all my documents including medical and PCC. I was just wondering if my name doesn’t come in year 2016-2017 and if they remove mechanical engineering from 2017-2018. Does that mean I ll get rejection automatically? Or is there still a chance?


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      Mark 3 months ago

      Hey mate.

      If you receive an invite and your application is being progressed at the time of removal then you will be fine.

      If you haven’t received an invite at the time of removal from the SOL then your details will remain on skill select for 2 years (from memory) if the role returns back to the SOL then you could still receive an invite.

      All the best


  5. Jovancho 4 months ago

    Hi Mark im dental tehnician from Macedonia how can i apply for working viza and how much manny cost. Thanks

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    Mostafa Amr 4 months ago

    hi mark ,
    will dentist return in the SOL of 2017 – 2018 ?

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      Mark 4 months ago

      Depends on Market conditions at the time Mostafa so it’s difficult to say.

  7. teja 5 months ago

    if they remove engineering fields from SOL it may effect their currency which was happened once previously aus so how they will remove these as these are majority of people choose

  8. sushant 5 months ago

    Hi, what about the Electronics Engineer. Will it stay until 2 years in SOL??

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      Mark 5 months ago

      Its not been flagged at the moment Sushant

  9. Tabassum 5 months ago

    is this a complete list of jobs or more to come?

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      Mark 5 months ago

      Complete as of the time of typing

  10. Imran 5 months ago

    Hi Mark
    I am chemical engineer and recently done IELTS. How to move about further.

  11. Asad Zia 6 months ago

    I am a veterinary doctor and planning to move to Australia under skilled worker program. Now a days I am busy in IELTS preparation but greatly shocked after came to know that ” VETERINARY ” profession is removed from the list . Now what is your advice for me Sir Mark ?

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      Mark 6 months ago

      Hi, Asad, it hasn’t been removed yet, and it’s only being ‘considered’ for removal.I would, however, recommend that you look to register your EOI as soon as possible.

      Best wishes


  12. Adnan 6 months ago

    Im looking for imigration advice for australia.

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