Skills in Demand

What is the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL)?

The Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) lists those occupations and specialisations identified by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) that are in short supply.

What occupations are currently MODL?

The table below shows the current (as at 17 May 2008) occupations in demand for migration purposes.

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Managers and AdministratorsASCO code
Child Care Coordinator1295-11
Engineering Manager1221-11
ProfessionalsASCO code
Chemical Engineer2129-17
Civil Engineer2124-11
Computing Professional – specialising in CISSP *2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in C++/C#/C *2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in Data Warehousing2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in Java *2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in J2EE *2231-79
Computing Professional – Linux2231-79
Computing Professional – .Net technologies2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in Network Security/Firewall/Internet Security *2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in Oracle *2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in PeopleSoft *2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in SAP *2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in SIEBEL *2231-79
Computing Professional – Solaris2231-79
Computing Professional – Unix2231-79
Dental Specialist2381-13
Electrical Engineer2125-11
Electronics Engineer2125-13
Emergency Medicine Specialist2312-15
External Auditor2212-11
General Medical Practitioner2311-11
Hospital Pharmacist2382-11
Mechanical Engineer2126-11
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer2391-11
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)2127-11
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist2312-17
Occupational Therapist2383-11
Petroleum Engineer2127-13
Quantity Surveyor2122-11
Registered Mental Health Nurse2325-11
Registered Midwife2324-11
Registered Nurse2323-11
Retail Pharmacist2382-15
Specialist Medical Practitioners (not elsewhere classified)2312-79
Specialist Physician2312-25
Speech Pathologist2386-11
Associate ProfessionalsASCO Code
Chef (excluding Commis Chef)3322-11 (part)
Dental Technician3492-15
Trades PersonsASCO codes
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)4114-15
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)4114-11
Automotive Electrician4212-11
Binder and Finisher4913-11
Boat Builder and Repairer4981-13
Carpenter and Joiner4411-11
Electrical Powerline Tradesperson4313-11
Electrician (Special Class)4311-13
Electronic Equipment Tradesperson4315-11
Fibrous Plasterer4412-11
Floor Finisher4423-11
Furniture Finisher4929-13
Furniture Upholsterer4942-11
General Electrician4311-11
General Plumber4431-11
Landscape Gardener4623-13
Lift Mechanic4311-15
Mechanical Services and Air-conditioning Plumber4431-19
Metal Fabricator (Boilermaker)4122-11
Metal Machinist (First Class)4112-13
Motor Mechanic4211-11
Optical Mechanic4999-11
Painter and Decorator4421-11
Panel Beater4213-11
Pastry Cook4512-13
Pressure Welder4122-13
Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Mechanic4312-11
Roof Plumber4431-17
Roof Slater and Tiler4413-11
Solid Plasterer4415-11
Sheetmetal Worker (First Class)4124-11
Tree Surgeon4623-15
Vehicle Body Maker4215-11
Vehicle Painter4214-11
Wall and Floor Tiler4416-11
Welder (First Class)4122-15

* Important:
If you nominate one of the above specialist computing occupations, you will only be awarded MODL points if your skills assessment from the relevant Australian assessing body – the Australian Computer Society (ACS) states you have met the criteria to be recognised in one of the above specialisations.

Skills assessments provided to successful applicants will state:

* the ASCO Code for Computer Professional not elsewhere classified (nec) with the specialisation stated in brackets – for example, 2231-79 (SAP) and
* the statement: ‘Based on the provided certified documentation, it is my opinion that the applicant has 12 months experience in (name of specialisation, for example, SAP)’.

Note: If you have a skills assessment which only states the ASCO Code for ‘Computer Professional nec 2231-79’, you are not eligible to be awarded MODL points. A new assessment with the above information will be required if you wish to claim MODL points.

How often does the MODL change?

The MODL is reviewed twice a year to take into consideration existing and emerging skills shortages. This does not mean the list is changed twice a year. Changes only occur if there has been a significant change in labour market trends.

As the MODL may change from time to time, you are advised to check the current MODL at the time you are lodging your visa application.

How are occupation points awarded on the points test?

If your nominated occupation is on MODL either at the time your application is lodged or assessed, you will be eligible for ‘occupation in demand/job offer’ points on the General Skilled Migration points test. You will receive extra points if you have a job offer from a suitable Australian employer.

What is a ‘suitable Australian employer’?

A ‘suitable Australian employer’ is an employer that has employed at least 10 people on a full-time basis for the previous two (2) financial years.

If you intend to claim points for ‘occupation in demand/job offer’ you are required to submit documentary evidence that your proposed employer meets these requirements. This evidence should include:

* a letter of offer from your prospective employer on official letterhead of the company which states the full address of the company and any telephone, fax numbers, e-mail and website addresses
* the name and position of the person authorised to sign the employment reference typed or stamped below that person’s signature – a reference with an illegible signature will not be accepted
* details of the position you are being offered, the main five duties to be undertaken, and the salary level
* details of the organisation making the job offer, including the number of people it has employed on a full-time basis for the previous two (2) years

The department will make any necessary checks to ensure that the information provided is correct.

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