Australia Skilled Occupations List 2016 – 2017

2016 - 2017 Australian Skilled Occupations List (SOL)

australian skills in demandPLEASE NOTE THE OCCUPATIONS LIST REFERENCED IN THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN REPLACED AND IS NO LONGER VALID – For the most current list of Australian occupations in demand. Please CLICK HERE.

The SOL 2016-17 has now been published. See the following article for the full 2016-2017 Skilled Occupations List: https://gettingdownunder.com/sol-2016-17/

In just a couple of months, the federal government will release it updated Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for the year 2016-17 which will come into effect on July 1, 2016 .

As they do each year, the federal government is reviewing its skilled occupations list to ensure that the skilled roles appearing on the list are appropriate to meet Australia’s needs in the coming year.

ICT roles look set to be a key part of the 2016 – 2017 Australian Skilled Occupations List (SOL)

The updated list will be based on submissions gathered by the Department of Education that helps identifies the professions and trades that will be in demand in next five years in Australia and also points out professions whose demand is either declining or the demand is being met locally.

In total, 115 submissions by industry, employee representatives, trade and professional organisations, and other stakeholders were received which are now being reviewed for the 2016-17 SOL.

Based on these submissions, here’s a glimpse into list of occupations which may be considered in demand and/or need professionals in the coming years. Interesting that there appears to be more and more ‘digital skills’ related rolls looking likely to join the new SOL.

SOL list Australia 2016-17

New roles likely to be considered ‘In Demand’ for the 2016 – 2017 Skilled Occupations List

  • Accountants
  • Aged-Care Workers
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Nurses
  • ICT Business Analysts
  • Systems Analyst
  • Multimedia Specialists
  • Web Developer
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Developer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software and Application Programmer
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Farm Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Social Workers
  • Surveyors
  • Teachers (secondary)
  • Electricians
  • Bricklayers
  • Carpet Installers
  • Glaziers
  • Trades People (especially in the construction industry)

List of occupations where the demand is now either being met locally or is declining:

NB. General Practitioners may not find place on the Skilled Occupation List as the local doctors, recent medical graduates are more likely to meet the demand.

  • Teachers (Primary)
  • Environment Health Officers
  • Anesthetists
  • Dentists
  • Dietitians
  • General Practitioner
  • Intensive Care Doctors
  • Obstetricians
  • Gynecologists
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Radiographers
  • Ship Engineers
  • Veterinarians

Note: This list has been compiled based on the submissions and recommendations by various industry bodies, employee representatives, trade and professional organisations and other stakeholder. This list is more of a probability than an assurance or an indicator of the 2016-17 Skilled Occupation List being prepared by the Federal Government.

Update 8th August 2016

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    ricardo
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    ricardo

    I`d like to know if I can make an application to the police officer, knowing that in skill list 2016/2017, I live in portugal and i have 10 years of experience, i can have some possibility? to try permanent resident?
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    Ceetyal
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    Ceetyal

    Please advise me about this situation: Hi Mark, I am Ceetyal, My current Employer (Has Company and is Cleaning Sub-Contractor) which is lawfully operating in Australia is willing to Sponsor me for their ongoing position as “Cleaner” which visa would be the best for sponsoring me? I have checked in SOL and CSOL and Cleaner occupation in not listed in any of those list. I am here in South Australia (Adelaide) since two years and working under that Company since 1 year as Casual Cleaner. Is there ANY Option to apply for 457 Visa even if it is not listed… Read more »

    Tanu Mehta
    Member

    Hi Mark,
    I would like to apply for visa subclass 190 for the role of HR adviser. Is there a timeline or month in which one must apply or can I apply anytime of the year?
    How much time do i get the state sponsorship for my application? what factors affect that?

    Saumit Sehgal
    Member
    Saumit Sehgal

    Hi Mark
    I have filed my EOI (for a Customer Service Manager – 149212) for the state of SA (Visa type 489) and I am scoring 75 points. Can you pls. suggest the following –

    1. When is the next draw of Invites expected?
    2. What was the last cut off in previous draw?
    3. Are there any chances for me to get an invite letter?

    Regards
    Anaya

    Mahmood
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    Mahmood

    Dear Sir,
    This is Mahmood Saleem from Pakistan
    I am a Lawyer and i have been practicing as a Lawyer for last 14 years and i have also completed my Master in Political Science. I just want to know that may i eligible for immigration to Australia?
    waiting your favorable reply.

    Andy
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    Andy

    Hey Mark! Thanks for all these answers you post here. Could you please take a look on my dilemma?
    My occupation is CSOL, not in SOL. Still I am 29 (=30 points), got all-eights on IELTS (=20 points) and I have got a Higher Education Degree Diploma, which potentially could give me 15 points. That makes 65 points. The question is: should I apply for 189 Visa if my occupation is not in SOL, but I do have more than 60 points? Or having SOL profession is eliminatory factor for 189?

    Mark Baguio
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    Mark Baguio

    Hi Mark,

    I applied or submitted 2 EOI for Network Administrator – 263112 for Western Australia and Southern Australia. I just wanna know my chances to get LOI

    Thanks,
    Mark

    aireen
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    aireen

    Hi Mark,
    What will happen to my submitted EOI if my application be removed in the SOL next July 2017? (General Accountant).
    Thank you.

    Hfb skill
    Member
    Hfb skill

    Hi Mark,

    I have filed for skills assessment to VAT ASSESS just this month. But my occupation is on the Supplementary skill list.

    Are there any chances of getting an Invite. and also are there any chances for an occupation to come back to the CSOL list.

    William
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    William

    Hi Mark,

    I applied two separate EOI’s as a Civil Engineering Technician (312212); one of them for NSW and the other one for QLD, with 55 points and competent engilsh. What are my chances to be invited?!

    Thanks in advance,
    William

    rebecca
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    rebecca

    Hi Mark,

    My application for a 190 visa has been in since March this year. They have asked me to provide more information a couple of times now the most recent being 2 weeks ago.
    I am applying for state nomination as a geologist but on the updated occupations list this is now showing as closed. Does this mean my application is now invalid?

    Thanks

    Harjinder Singh Bains
    Member

    Hi mark can u tell me about demand of mechanical engineers in future in Australia. Is it like this that mechanical engg. is going to be removed from SOL list of 2017-2018.

    Mangesh
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    Mangesh

    Hello Mark, I have a query, if you can please help me out with the same –
    I have been able to get 65 points under EOI for ICT Business Analyst. Should I work on improving my score or is it good enough to get a call ?

    Arunima
    Guest
    Arunima

    Is Human Resource Advisor & Human Resource Manager profile considered under 132311 AIM. Though my job accountability is similar to Human Resource Manager but the reporting relationship and span of control is not matching to it and falling under the category of HR advisor role. Also do suggest other than NT any other state will invite for sponsorship in 2017. Thanks

    Krishna
    Guest
    Krishna

    Hi Mark, I am applying for Pr under accounting but I’m stuck with 65 points . My eoi went up to 65 this February , but from my understanding the points to apply is still 70 for accounting. I’ve been getting alot of mixed feedback , but what in your honest opinion are the chances of the Australian government reducing it back to 65 points for accounting ? Thanks

    Maheshbabu
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    Maheshbabu

    Hi Mr.Mark , this is Mahesh .On 8-Aug-2016 i have lodged my EOI application (Engineering technologist) ,next invitation round is 17-August-2016 .Whether i already lodged before the cut off date for this round or i need to wait .When can i expect the invitation. I have 60 Points right now.What do you think .

    I’m worried becz the occupation celing is less for Engineering technologist (469 remaining)
    Thanks for your guidance

    Maheshbabu
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    Maheshbabu

    I missed the info . I had lodged EOI for 189 Visa

    Ali umer
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    Ali umer

    Hi mark, i have done Msc operations and supply chain management from school of engineering and technology Hertfordshire University UK. Although my degree is accredited to UK engineering council by Institute of engineering and technology. My question is that am i eligible for skilled temporary graduate visa subclass 476.?

    Kalpesh
    Guest
    Kalpesh

    Hello,
    I am doing research job in pharma company and deal with different chemical and drugs. I fall in chemist category. I have got positive skill assessment and at present having 65 points. I would like to know will they introduce chemist in 190 class?
    Thank you

    Claudio Barquett
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    Claudio Barquett

    Hi Mark,
    I am a skilled carpenter from Chile, my father is an Australian Citizen and currently lives in Australia. What is the best way to migrate to Australia?

    Milos
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    Milos

    Hello I am Milos from Serbia,and want to ask where can apply for farm worker,truck driver or any other hard and honest job,just want to work and live of that work,thanks.

    Max
    Guest
    Max

    Hi mark can you tell me please. can I apply for 189 visa as a cook.I got 3 years experienced as a cook in australia and have cert 4 in cookery .

    Amit
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    Amit

    Hi,
    I am software test Engineer in India with 7.6 years experience. I come under CSOL. Can I apply for PR vISA and get it easily?
    Can you guide me.
    Thanks

    Mark
    Guest
    Mark
    Guest

    Hi Amit, please see this post for more info https://gettingdownunder.com/job-australian-sol-what-next/

    Sar Blute Paw
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    Sar Blute Paw

    Hello,
    My name is Sar Eh. I am from Myanmar. Are these mention lists can only apply? For me I am interesting in flower arranging. And want to work as a florist. Now i am doing Diploma in Floristry from Australia Floral Art School. Can I apply for this Visa?
    Thank you.

    Mark
    Guest

    Hi Sar, please see this post for more details on next steps. https://gettingdownunder.com/job-australian-sol-what-next/

    anjum
    Guest
    anjum

    i have done mba in hr, recrutment consultant , having 3 years experience , having name in csol list, but closed can i apply for pr

    A Z
    Guest
    A Z

    Hi,

    I have postive assessment of ICT sales representative (Listed on CSOL) and points are 60 (without IELTS), if I score minimum 6 band in each component then can I apply for EOI or I have to score 7 in each component? Thanks

    raman
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    raman

    hlo. m new in australia. to start with course BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCES ….i jst thought of to specia;ise this course with nutrition to become a NUTRITIONIST. bt i found nutritionist on SOL not very bright…. so what should i do….may i have to opt NURSING for the future.

    Saumit Sehgal
    Member
    Saumit Sehgal

    Hey Mark
    I have a total of 65 points & the job category being call centre manager.
    I know that this job role is certainly there in the CSOL however not sure of the number of seats that will be available for grabs….
    Do you have any idea?

    Also My points would increase to 70 on the 1st Aug ’16 will ther be any chances post that to get an EOE invite within this year?

    Regards

    Mark
    Guest

    No idea at all I’m afraid Anaya. Please keep in mind that the number of opportunities is dependent on the market conditions which can be variable throught the year. Factors such as the number of new call centres opening and the ability to source locally to fill any new positions all have an impact so its difficult to say unfortunatly. :(

    All the best

    Mark

    Saumit Sehgal
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    Saumit Sehgal

    Any ball park guess basis you experience?
    Or any idea how many seats were there last year?

    Thisi
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    Thisi

    Hi,
    Im a microbiologist with 2 years work experience. does state sponserships will open for my job category in July (when the financial year starts?)

    Ahmed Samir
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    Ahmed Samir

    Hi am Ahmed from Egypt. Am 30 years old Civil engineer with 8 years of experience. I have completed my Australia engineer assessment positively. ILETS is overall 7 but in 2 categories 6.5. Am planning to submit my EOI this week with 60 points.

    How long it may take to receive the invitation letter to lodge my application ?

    Thanks Ahmed

    Mark
    Guest

    Hi Ahmed, there is no specific timecale I can suggest unfortunately as its influenced by your job and the number of additiona candidates on the Australian register who have already registered with the same (or more) points.

    Rolando Arcangel
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    Rolando Arcangel

    Hi! there I’m Electrician working in riyadh saudi arabia 11yrs and presently onboard electrician in a vessel.Filipino nationality

    Nirav Chauhan
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    Nirav Chauhan

    Hi Mark .. Hope.you are doing well. I have already completed assessment of.vatassess for 149914, financial institutions branch manager. And my IELTS score.is 7 over all. I want to know that whether it will get open in any state or not.. Since there is no opening of the skill in last 9 month’s…it.is in CSOL. Pls guide what are he chances to get it open as per your opinion… Pls .

    Mark
    Guest

    Hi Nirav, it’s difficult to say.

    If you do on a search such as a website called seek.com (example search here) You will see there are lots of branch manager roles currently being advertised but none are offering Australian sponsorship which would suggest that the local labour force is meeting the markets needs at the moment.

    Nikolce Ognenovski
    Member

    I am a biology engineer. I am working on the IVF program like embyoloist 13 years. I am married and father on 2 children.My wife is graduated farmacist with 9 years experience. We want to work and live in Australia. Contact koleo@hotmail.com

    Mark
    Guest

    Hi Nikolceo :) Please have a look at the article I’ve just published here: https://gettingdownunder.com/job-australian-sol-what-next/ and then post in our forums if you have any further questions. You can access our forums here: https://gettingdownunder.com/forums/

    GRACE
    Guest
    GRACE

    Hello! Im a nurse in Philippines but currently taking certificate in aged care. So aged care is included in the list, it means that we can convert our visa to working visa if someone sponsor us? Currently here in Australia. Thank you

    Patricia Castro da Justa
    Guest

    Hi, Mark! I’m a 48 years old brazilian arquitect. During my carrier, I’ve been working only in the interior design area. Recently, after some preparing courses, I also became a personal organizer. Do I have chances on this program? Thanks in advance.

    malik sarmad
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    malik sarmad

    Hey hello
    I have done 14 years education.(computer math ).
    2 years teaching experience in private school.
    Microsoft office , Ltv
    I m from pakistan.age 23..

    Bojana
    Member
    Bojana

    Hi Mark.I m 29 year old and come from Serbia.I m veterinary nurse.Do you have any chance for star up in Australia with my family.

    Caesar
    Member
    Caesar

    Hi There, My Background is Graphic Design I can use Computer Softwares such as Microsoft Office, Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop. And my latest job experience 7 years as Credit Marketing Officer in Finance Company and 2 years as Car Salesman. I have both motorcycle and car driver’s license. Now i’m working on for ISO Management 9001:2015 and ISO Products Project. So for that such requirements you can guide me..Thank you.

    Mark
    Guest

    Hi Ceasar, so which role on the list best describes your skills and experience. Best to use this as your starting point.

    Please review this then post in our forums as its easier to track questions in there.

    https://gettingdownunder.com/forums/forum/thinking-about-it/

    All the best

    Mark

    Flora Towett
    Guest
    Flora Towett

    Hi, I am Flora, A Certified Public Accountant from Kenya.
    Am I eligible to apply? What is the requirements and also procedure?
    Thank you in advance

    Mark
    Guest

    Hi Flora, yes you are eligible to apply as your role is on the list. There are a number of other criteria you would need to meet though (medicals / police clearnce, english tests if from a non native English speaking country etc)

    Please post in our forums and we can discuss further: https://gettingdownunder.com/forums/

    All the best

    Mark

    Lazaros
    Guest
    Lazaros

    Ηι,
    I am electronic telecommunications engineer at the age of 56 years and my husband is a general practitioner at the age of 54 years. We have three children. One of them ends pharmacy school and the other two are students in medicine in the first year.
    Have we possibility for permanent work for all of us?

    Mark
    Guest

    Hello Lazaros, unfortunately the cut off for permanent residency under the skilled visa stream is 50 years old. Similar limits do not apply under the 457 visa class however this visa only lasts for 4 years. You can view the current 457 visa jobs offering sponsorship at http://457jobsaustralia.com. Please post in our forums if you have any further questions as its difficult to keep track in our article comments. https://gettingdownunder.com/forums/

    All the best

    Mark

    Raham
    Guest
    Raham

    I am an Earth Station Engineer from Channel 9, bd. Can i have any oppourtunity for skill migration in aus. What the process & what field i will apply?

    Raham
    Guest
    Raham

    Hi Mark, I am an Earth Station Engineer of Channel 9, bd for last 4 years. I completed 4 years B.Sc. on Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering. Can i have any opportunity for skill migration in aus. What the process & what field i will apply? Pls Ans. me Asas…….

    Matija
    Guest
    Matija

    Hi, I’m chef by profession with 10yrs of experience.
    I’m from Croatia and is there any chance for employment and working visa.

    Mark
    Guest

    Hi Matija, short answer is yes. Chef roles are one of the more popular roles and are also frequently sponsored by companies in Australia

    Michael Flynn
    Guest
    Michael Flynn

    Hello Mark

    I am a commercial dive and want to apply but what category would I come under.

    Thanks

    Mike

    Mark
    Guest

    Hi Mike, the role ‘Diver’ is listed on the new SOL

    https://gettingdownunder.com/sol-2016-17/

    I’d assume this would be the most appropriate role to apply under :)

    Ceferina ramirez
    Guest
    Ceferina ramirez

    I am a teacher from philippines and would like to work in australia.ki
    I teach elementry grade 6 .looking for work in coffs harbour.will try other work fruit picking .packing shelves

    Gary
    Guest
    Gary

    Hi mark I have finished Diploma in business management in 2010. And currently I am working as a restaurant manager. so can I get any position skill in new sol.

    Vidya
    Guest
    Vidya

    Hi Mark,

    My roles and responsibilities cover most part of internal audit but i report to the management of my organisation. Please clarify if I can fall under 221111 or 221214. Also, please clarify if these two are still on SOL for 2016-17.

    Zannat
    Guest
    Zannat

    When they will published new SOL for 2017

    Diana
    Guest
    Diana

    Dear Mark,
    I am applying under Computer and Network (2631) category. I have two questions: there is only 60 places left to reach the category cap 2016, do you guess this category will remain on SOL 2016-17? and second question: Is there any chances if I submit my EOI before July?
    Thanks a lot!

    Chitwanjit
    Guest
    Chitwanjit

    Hi Mark,

    I have seen people with analyst programmer waiting for 5-6 months to get NSW state nomination. Will the new quotas in 2016-17 expedite the process of invites for NSW ?

    Roy Smith
    Guest
    Roy Smith

    Hi Mark,
    I am a doctor completing my supervision currently in Australia. I would get my full general registration by end of October 2016. I am on 457 visa now.
    What are my chances of getting PR on completion of registration?

    Regards,
    Roy.

    Vee
    Guest
    Vee

    Hi Mark, i am currently a timber floor installer from last 2 years and i done my 10th i.e matric and some want to sponsor me to keep me in australia can he apply for me.

    Thanks

    Vee

    avi
    Guest
    avi

    hi Mark,

    I am dentist just passed my adc examination. What do you think will it be removed from consolidated list as well.