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

Australian Occupations SOL Reaching Ceiling

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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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Vijay kumar

Helo sir
My occupation is wholesaler 133312 removed from list any chance to add in July 17-18 skilled list . My assessment is positive. Pls suggest me can I reassessment from vet assess related this occupation

Nishit Parmar

Hi Mark,

Please let me know whether Production or Plant Engineer (233513) will be included in 2017-18 MLTSSL list, since this occupation in flagged. However when I was going through the list which was published on 19th April, the above occupation is listed in MLTSSL. It would be really helpful if you can let me know whether the final list if already published or do I need to wait till July 1st for the same.

Thanking you in advance.

Best Regards,


Hi Mark,
My points will be 60 on 19th July 2017 for Electronics Engineering. I have submitted my EOI on 30 DECEMBER 2016.Any idea that till when i can get invitation for 189? After backlog of May and June it will take Aug or Sept or more than that ?


Hi Mark,

I am PE and sports teacher in an International School in Malaysia. Could you please advise if I am eligible to apply for Oz PR under Secondary School Teacher occupation. I ‘ll really appreciate your help in this matter.




I am a mechanical engineer,based on current revision is it advisable to proceed for Skill assessment.If not why ?


Hi Mark
I am a Telecommunication graduate with 60 points in hand.I am moving to Australia soon.I have got a temporary graduate visa for next 18 months.I am interested to apply for PR,can you pls suggest me which would be the best time to apply.By next april my points will soar up to 65 because of my age.So if I apply by next april I would have just another 8 months with me to live in Australia.


HI Mark,
Please advise scope for a Recruitment Consultant (8+yrs exp) in Australia.

Vineel Mandalika

Hi Mark, thank you for the informative post.

I have lodged my EOI on the 28th of Feb 2017 with 70 points as an Accountant General(221111).
The invitation round of 12th April 2017 states that applicants with 70 points or above have been inited till 3rd of April 2017. However, I have not received any invitation mail.
Request you to guide me with any information that you can provide.

Thank you in advance.

Warm regards,


Hi Mark,
Thanks for ur interesting feedbacks. I have a question:
I submit my EOI in mid January 2017 for visa subclass 189 as mechanical engineer. But I haven’t get any reply from immigration yet. How you see my case?
I would appreciate your response at your earliest convenience.


Hey Mark great job with the article, i just had a quick question. When is the exact sol list expected to be released for 2017 to 2018?

Will it be in June or May itself?


Hi Mark,

I see you replied to everyone and thank you for helping people with their queries.

My Husband is a Software Engineer and his Occupation is there in the list however we got some information from a agent that ‘Software Engineer’ is also flagged post 19th April 2017. We couldn’t locate the same in any internet\web.

Can you kindly confirm and share the link if any ?

Thanks a bunch in advance,


Hi Mark,
Accountant (General) is in MLTSSL so does that mean it will on SOL 2017 – 2018? Or do we have to wait until SOL 2017 – 2018 is released?
Much appreciated,


Hi Mark, I have got positive assessment for Human Resource Adviser, But unfortunately this Skill has been removed, My Question to you is:-
1) Can i request Vetassess to change my Category from HR Adviser to Recruitment Consultant or i need to apply for fresh assessment?
2) What are the chances of HR Adviser to be again included in the list (1st July 2017 List)
3) Duration of Visa under this category?

You guidance on the same is much appreciated.


I am currently holding 457 visa and my visa is going to expire in the month of September 2017. As i eligible to apply for ENS 186 if my employer is happy to nominate?

I am currently in Australia and has been for about 20 months to till but i am with the employer more than 5 years.

Please provide your comments.


Dear Mark,

Thank for the reply.
Does it mean only company sponsorship exit on these occupations ,or a state can also sponsor one on 489.

Thank you

Thank you for the good work.

I currently got a positive assessment as a Marketing Specialist with Vetassess. Does the new changes ”caveat” prevent one from applying under this occupation?

Vinokanth Velu

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.


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…


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?


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


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 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



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


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 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.


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


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.


Is human resources managment occupation is on the skill occupation list in 2017 -2018


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


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


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 Mark,

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

Raja arson

Does electrical and electronic technician available in MTLSSL Australia?


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?

teena Jacob

Is the new sol list effective from April or from 1 st of July?

Folasade Ayokanmi Akinyemi

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 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.



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 ?.


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?



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,

Osman Amjad

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.



Hello Mark,

Do you know when will the 2017-18 SOL list be released?

Thank you,

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