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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,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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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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