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Australian Occupations List

You’ll Need A Profession On An Australian Occupations List To Qualify

One of the most, if not THE most important criteria you need to possess to qualify for an Australian visa is having a job considered ‘in demand’. These occupations are flagged within a number of Australian Occupations Lists published every 6 – 12 months by the Australian government.

Australian Occupations Lists

There are two main occupations lists currently published by the Australian Government. The MTSSL or the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List and the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List which is referred to as the STSOL.

As the names suggest, each of the lists contains occupations qualifying for visas which are valid for a range of different durations starting from 2 years to the more sought after Permanent Australian Visa.

When reviewing the different Australian occupations lists, keep in mind that the MLTSSL lists occupations that qualify for a permanent Australian Visa whilst the STSOL lists occupations that qualify for a short-term visa for between 2 – 4 years.

MLTSSL -Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List

Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MTSSL)

If you would like to see if you have an occupation which might qualify for a permanent Australian Visa then check the MTSSL list by clicking here.

STSOL - Short-term Skilled Occupation List

Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

If you would like to see if you have an occupation which would qualify for a short-term visa, check out the STSOL list by clicking here.

Written by Mark

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

    Please reply me,if you have time. I already graduated in master of Chemistry. As I understood, chemist has been moved from STSOL to the MTLSSL list. So, am I eligible for subclass 189 and any other permanent residency Visa?

  2. Please Mark if you can answer me, im a registered nurse from philippines working in hospital in saudi arabia but my problem is my age , im 53 years old now,im not sure if there are option open to me.

    • Hi, unfortunately not as the primary applicant. You now need to be under 50 years of age on the date you apply for an Australian visa.

  3. Hi there,

    I am currently an Emergency Medical Techician (Ambulance Officer) in the UK but will be qualifying as a Paramedic in October of this year.

    I and my wife really want to move to Australia and wondered if we could apply for a visa on my current role or if I should wait until I have qualified as a Paramedic?

    Any advice is greatly welcome!



  4. Hi Mark,
    Is there any update on SOL 2017 2018 ? How long it will take to release SOL 2017 2018 ?Is there any possibility of removal of Electronic Engineering ?


  5. Hi Mark. Wondering if you can help me figure out if I’m applicable for a 189 visa. I am Canadian and have a BA in Psychology and a BSc in Environmental Practices from Canadian unis. I worked as a childrens developmental psychologist in Canada for 3 years and the last 4 years have been studying VET courses in Australia while working the last years as an Environmental Sustainability Officer for an RSL club in QLD. I have also worked as a Sound Technician both in Canada and Australia for the last 8 years. In both locations freelancing on an ABN. No idea if any of this ticks the appropriate boxes……

    • Gosh, that’s a lot of experience there Lacey. :) To qualify for a 189 visa you need to have an occupation on the MLTSSL. Looking at this list there are a few psychology and also environmental roles listed. As a first pass. I would look at the list of roles posted here and google the ANZSCO code followed by for any occupations where you think you might be a potential match. eg searching 272312 will give you the search result for this page.

      abs info is helpful as it represents the official, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification for Occupations.

      This information then forms the basis for the skills against which, occupation are then assessed. As such, if you happen across an abs occupation that describes your experience well, you’ve found a good occupations match on the list.

      A slightly easier approach would be to have an initial assessment discussion with a migration agent. Any good agent should offer you an initial quick assessment for free and they will be able to confirm your chances quite quickly. See this article for details on how to find a registered migration agent.

      Hope this helps


  6. Hi Mark,
    I am a structural engineer about to submit my EOI, but I am concerned about a July 1st change as my occupation is flagged in the 2016-17 SOL. However, with the divergence into a STSOL and MLTSSL not so long ago, can I assume these lists will not be reviewed again within the next few months?

    • Hi Joe, we understand that both lists will be further reviewed on the 1st July and additional changes will likely be made. How significant these changes will be is still to be seen, however.

  7. Hi Mark,from what I can see the 186 and 187 will be under 45 from 1st July and from March 2018 will need 3 years experience in your chosen profession,also I’d be screwed on the 190 points wise,0 points for my age group.I’m not sure if there are any PR options open to me.

  8. Hi Mark,I would be on the MTSSL list as an Irish Registered Nurse,BSc General Nursing,but here’s my dilemma,I’m 44 years old with less than 2 years experience (qualified late 2015 as a mature student).With all the changes lately I find It’s more confusing than ever.What if any PR visas would be open to me,if I knew which one at least that would be a start.Would appreciate any help,TIA.

  9. Hello, Mark. What if I apply for the STSOL, would that help me to migrate at the end of the term, since I will have australian work experience still while I’m in Australia? Or I would have to get back to my home country and apply from here? I’d appreciate if you could answer me. Kind regards

  10. Hell my husband apply for vehicle painter.but now they told us that vehicle painter is remove from occupational list of australian migration.what we will do?

    • Hi Christine, the list is due for an update on 1st July so it may return. If not, then I’m afraid your choices under the skilled migration scheme are very limited, unfortunately.

  11. Please Mark if you can answer me that I would be so grateful! My husband is british and he has a guy in Sydney that really want he working with him, but his job isnt in any of the new lists! could we still have a chance to go with another visa? thanks so much!
    ps: he is very qualificate!

    • Hi Mariana, if your husband’s occupation (or yours) is not listed on one of these occupations lists I’m afraid your options are very limited, unfortunately.

      Keep in mind though that the STSOL will be reviewed every 6 months and the MLTSSL annually so your husbands occupation may return with time.

      • Dear Mark, thanks to reply!

        Sorry to occupy you with that! But you know if we get someone to get us the visa 187, in the regional, is it possible we go?

        thanks! (sorry my english as well, my husband is british but Im brazilian! thanks!!

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