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MLTSSL – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List

View the 2017 – 2018 MLTSSL list to see if your occupation qualifies for an Australian Visa

The MTSSL or the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List is a list, published by the Australian government, of occupations that qualify for consideration as part of an Applicants Australian Visa Application.

The list used to be referred to as the Australian Skilled Occupations List (SOL) but for whatever reason (perhaps there weren’t enough acronyms) the Australian government made the decision to present the updated list which they called the MLTSSL,

If you are looking to emigrate to Australia under one of the skilled Visa Schemes, you will need to have an occupation posted on the MLTSSL.

Occupations on the MLTSSL

Occupations that appear on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) are listed below in alphabetical order for ease of reference. It’s not the easiest of lists to follow so please take note of the comments at the beginning of the list that explain the purpose of some of the asterixis and other notes.

Please Note:

  • Caveats apply to certain occupations on these lists which exclude the use of the occupation in certain circumstances for the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457) programme.
    Caveats are indicated via ‘*** asterisks’. For specific information about each caveat – see the legislative Instrument page on the Australian Governments website.
  • Certain occupations on the MLTSSL are flagged with a double Asterix which means that these occupation types are restricted to applicants applying under certain visa classes only. The occupations indicated via ‘** asterisks’ are only available for the following visa programs
    • Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
    • Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
    • Skilled-Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489), if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.

If you need further information about the flagged occupations – see the legislative Instrument on the Australian government website

  • Applicants who require a skills assessment as part of their visa application must contact a relevant assessing authority directly to obtain a skill assessment. The assessing authority will provide all necessary applications forms and associated information relating to the assessment. There will be a charge by the assessing authorities for the assessment.
OccupationANZSCO CodeAssessing Authority
Accountant (General)***221111CPA/CA/IPA
Aeronautical Engineer233911Engineers Australia
Agricultural Consultant234111VETASSESS
Agricultural Engineer233912Engineers Australia
Agricultural Scientist234112VETASSESS
Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber334112TRA
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic342111TRA
Anaesthetist253211Medical Board of Australia
Analyst Programmer261311ACS
Automotive Electrician321111TRA
Biomedical Engineer233913Engineers Australia
Boat Builder and Repairer399111TRA
Cabinetmaker394111 TRA
Cardiologist253312Medical Board of Australia
Cardiothoracic Surgeon253512Medical Board of Australia
Carpenter and Joiner331211TRA
Chemical Engineer**233111Engineers Australia
Child Care Centre Manager134111TRA
Civil Engineer233211Engineers Australia
Civil Engineering Draftsperson312211Engineers Australia / VETASSESS
Civil Engineering Technician**312212VETASSESS
Clinical Haematologist253313Medical Board of Australia
Clinical Psychologist272311APS
Computer Network and Systems Engineer263111ACS
Construction Project Manager133111VETASSESS
Dermatologist253911Medical Board of Australia
Developer Programmer261312ACS
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist253917Medical Board of Australia
Diesel Motor Mechanic321212TRA
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher241111AITSL
Educational Psychologist272312APS
Electrical Engineer233311Engineers Australia
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson312311Engineers Australia
Electrical Engineering Technician312312TRA
Electrical Linesworker**342211TRA
Electrician (General)341111TRA
Electrician (Special Class)341112TRA
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker342313TRA
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)342314TRA
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)342315TRA
Electronics Engineer**233411Engineers Australia
Emergency Medicine Specialist253912Medical Board of Australia
Endocrinologist253315Medical Board of Australia
Engineering Manager133211Engineers Australia /AIM
Engineering Technologist233914Engineers Australia
Environmental Engineer233915Engineers Australia
External Auditor221213CPA/CA/IPA
Fibrous Plasterer333211TRA
Fitter (General)323211TRA
Fitter and Turner323212TRA
Gastroenterologist253316Medical Board of Australia
General Practitioner253111Medical Board of Australia
Geotechnical Engineer233212Engineers Australia
ICT business Analyst261111ACS
Industrial Engineer**233511Engineers Australia
Intensive Care Specialist253317Medical Board of Australia
Internal Auditor221214VETASSESS
Land Economist224511VETASSESS
Landscape Architect232112VETASSESS
Lift Mechanic341113TRA
Management Accountant221112CPA/CA/IPA
Materials Engineer**233112Engineers Australia
Mechanical Engineer233512Engineers Australia
Medical Administrator**134211VETASSESS
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer251211AIR
Medical Laboratory Scientist234611AIMS
Medical Oncologist253314Medical Board of Australia
Medical Practitioners nec253999Medical Board of Australia
Medical Radiation Therapist251212AIR
Metal Fabricator322311TRA
Metal Machinist (First Class)323214TRA
Motor Mechanic (General)321211TRA
Motorcycle Mechanic321213TRA
Naval Architect233916Engineers Australia
Neurologist253318Medical Board of Australia
Neurosurgeon253513Medical Board of Australia
Nuclear Medicine Technologist251213ANZSNM
Nurse Practitioner254411ANMAC
Nursing Clinical Director134212ANMAC
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist253913Medical Board of Australia
Occupational Therapist252411OTC
Ophthalmologist253914Medical Board of Australia
Organisational Psychologist272313APS
Orthopaedic Surgeon253514Medical Board of Australia
Orthotist or Prosthetist251912VETASSESS
Other Spatial Scientist232214VETASSESS
Otorhinolaryngologist253515Medical Board of Australia
Paediatric Surgeon253516Medical Board of Australia
Paediatrician253321Medical Board of Australia
Painting trades workers332211TRA
Panelbeater324111 TRA
Pathologist253915Medical Board of Australia
Physicist (Medical Physicist only)234914ACPSEM
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon253517Medical Board of Australia
Plumber (General)334111TRA
Pressure Welder**322312TRA
Primary Health Organisation Manager134213VETASSESS
Production Manager (Mining)**133513VETASSESS
Production or Plant Engineer**233513Engineers Australia
Project Builder**133112VETASSESS
Psychiatrist253411Medical Board of Australia
Psychologists nec272399APS
Quantity Surveyor233213AIQS
Radiation Oncologist253918Medical Board of Australia
Radio Communications Technician313211TRA
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)254412ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)254413ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Community Health)254414ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)254415ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)254416ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)254417ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)254421ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Medical)254418ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)254422ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)254425ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)254423ANMAC
Registered Nurse (Surgical)254424ANMAC
Registered Nurses nec254499ANMAC
Renal Medicine Specialist253322Medical Board of Australia
Rheumatologist253323Medical Board of Australia
Roof plumber334115TRA
Secondary School Teacher241411AITSL
Sheetmetal Trades Worker322211TRA
Ship’s Engineer**231212AMSA
Ship’s Master**231213AMSA
Ship’s Officer**231214AMSA
Small Engine Mechanic321214TRA
Social Worker272511AASW
Software Engineer261313ACS
Solid Plasterer333212TRA
Special Education Teachers nec241599AITSL
Special Needs Teacher241511AITSL
Specialist Physician (General Medicine)253311Medical Board of Australia
Specialist Physicians nec253399Medical Board of Australia
Speech Pathologist252712SPA
Structural Engineer233214Engineers Australia
Surgeon (General)253511Medical Board of Australia
Systems Analyst261112ACS
Taxation Accountant221113CPA/CA/IPA
Teacher of the Hearing Impaired241512AITSL
Teacher of the Sight Impaired241513AITSL
Technical Cable Jointer342212TRA
Telecommunications Engineer263311Engineers Australia
Telecommunications Field Engineer313212Engineers Australia
Telecommunications Network Engineer263312Engineers Australia
Telecommunications Network Planner**313213Engineers Australia
Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist313214Engineers Australia
Thoracic Medicine Specialist253324Medical Board of Australia
Transport Engineer233215Engineers Australia
Urologist253518Medical Board of Australia
Vascular Surgeon253521Medical Board of Australia
Wall and Floor Tiler333411TRA
Welder (First Class)322313TRA
Welfare Centre Manager134214ACWA/VETASSESS

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 have a few questions to ask. Now I am at the stage of submitting my EOI but I only have 55 points, which only allows me to try my luck on visa subclass 190 and subclass 489. Do you have any idea which state is open or better chance for Chef category ? I was told regional NSW, South Australia (489 visa), Victoria ( 190 visa)

    I am using a migration agent and was told I can seek the nomination from different states as well. However, it will involve the application fees for each state or government agency. Is there such fee as I don’t read it on the net .

    What is your suggestion? Should I just go with the EOI for 1 state?

    Thank You

  2. Hi Mark,

    I work in advertising and have got my skill assessed by vetasses. Have also got my IELTS sorted with a score of 8+ in each category. But it seems that advertisng specialist and copywriter are not in the skill list. What are the chances of either one coming back on the list this year or any time soon? Thanks in advance.

  3. Hi Mark,

    I just got my MSA for Chef and I’m waiting for my IELTS and the next step would be applying EOI. May I know this changes affects ‘Chef’ application ?

    • If you have a spare $5 Million kicking around Raj then yes. Beyond the significant investor visa option, your choices are very limited unfortunately in this space. There used to be a loophole where people were coming to Australia, setting up their own business and then sponsoring themselves on a 457 visa holder. This option has since been closed.

  4. Hi Mark , today CPA confirmed that my accounting qualification and MBA would be acceptable for the 221112 Management Accountant visa.

    My points are 65 (I think)
    Age 38
    Proficient in English (overall 8 but mix results – some 7’s)
    Accountant and MBA
    4 years accounting and 6 years in finance (over past 10 years)

    Not logged an EOI yet – as hear that they now require 70 points and ‘ceiling’ reached already. Any advice would be appreciated.


    • Hi, Tony, I would encourage you to focus on reaching the 70 point threshold. Are 8’s for IELTS achievable with a little work do you think? Where else might additional points be an option for you?

      Perhaps also consider reaching out to a registered migration agent to have an initial assessment. Any agent worth their weight should offer this initial assessment as a free service so in the very least they will be able to confirm your points have been calculated correctly if you are not 100% sure.

  5. Hi Mark,

    My name is Sohee, and I have just completed an MSA in chemical engineering. I am writing to find information on whether it is likely that ‘chemical engineer’ will be removed from the MLTSSL in July, as 16 jobs have already been removed from the 190 visa on the 19th April. With this in mind:.

    1. If I submit my points (65) to the EOI before the June 22 round and there are vacancies for chemical engineers, will it be possible to get an invitation from the EOI before July 1?

    2. If I cannot get a invitation until June 30 and ‘chemical engineer’ will be removed from the list in 2017-2018, is it impossible to apply for a permanent residency visa?

    I think I can gain 65 points by the middle of June so any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Sohee. For your first question, it’s hard to say as it’s also dependent as the number of other applicants also waiting for an invitation. See this post for more info: What are my chances of getting an Australian Visa?

      With regards your second question. Your job has to appear on the MLTSSL for you to be able to qualify for PR. Without an occupation on this list, your options are somewhat limited, unfortunately.

  6. Hi Mark, my wife, daughter and I are currently in Australia on a 457 visa. It was granted May’16 and we like most others plan on applying for pr after 2 years through our employer. Obviously that would be May’18. We were granted the visa as a travel agent manager, which is no longer on either list from what i can see.
    With the conflicting info out there, do you think we will be able to apply for PR after March’18? Thanks

  7. Hello Mark
    I am arslan, I applied my eoi on 14 January 2017 for electronics engineering, as now the quota is almost complete and i am waiting for an invitation in july or August. If it stays in new mltssl list, my question is electronics engineering staying in new mltssl list coming in july or not?? If not what are the pathways to file PR?
    I will be v thankful to you,

    • We’ll have a better idea in the next few weeks hopefully Arsian, I don’t have a secret insight beyond the publically published information, unfortunately.

  8. Hi Mark,

    Thank you so much for your help in this for forum. Here is my question: my occupation is biomedical engineer 233913. This is both in the previous SOL and in the new MTSSL. But on March 24th, I received an email from ANZSCO Search mentioning that my occupation (biomedical engineer) had reach the ceiling and that I had to wait for the new SOL to be published on July 1st, 2017…

    But now there is the MTSSL replacing SOL so:
    – should I still wait until July 1st to make sure my occupation (biomedical engineer) will remain on the SOL/MTSSL list OR
    – I can consider that, since MTSSL replace SOL as of today, all occupations mentioned on the new MTSSL have not yet reach their ceiling value.

    Thank you for your help :)
    Not clear to me!

    • Hi Alex, it’s pretty unclear to everyone, to be honest :)

      As I see it.

      – The MLTSSL has replaced the SOL so if an occupation was on the SOL but no longer on the MLTSSL then the opportunity to apply under this occupation is no more unfortunately.
      – If an occupation is on the MLTSSL (that used to be on the SOL) then the occupation ceiling originally allocated to the occupation prior to the changes will apply through to 30 June 2017 (end of the current migration year).
      – New occupation ceilings will likely come into effect for the occupations on the MLTSSL from 1 July 2017 with a number o potential changes to the MLTSSL also coming into effect from 1 July.

      Hope this helps clear things up a little?

      • Hi Mark,

        Thank you for your answer. It is clear that it is absolutely not clear :)
        Actually my issue is even more complex, perhaps you could advice me as well here!

        I just past my IELTS exam with 7+ on each module so I should be granted with 10 points on the Skill Select program. I am 31 so 30 points as well here and I have an engineering diploma so +15 points. Total is 55 points for sure.

        My last chance to get extra points, as I have no experience in Australia, is that “Engineers Australia” confirms my job experience in France. BUT I have 2 options:

        1/ submit a file as “biomedical engineer” for which I am sure they will grant me at least 5 years of experience so I will get +10 points therefore a total of 65 points. But I face the risk that the occupation “biomedical engineer”, as it is flagged at the moment, will not remain on the MLTSSL list on July 1st…

        2/ submit a file as “engineering manager”, also on the MLTSSL, not flagged so with 100% chance to remain on the MLTSSL list on July 1st, but which seems more difficult to be granted with some experience by the Engineers Australia as they request a lot of documentation evidence… and if they don’t grant me at least 3 years of experience, then I won’t get the 60 points for the VISA :(

        As you can read, I am both very motivated to go working in Australia and facing headache whether how I should apply for my VISA! :)
        Hope you could provide me some advice and that my story can help others.

        Good luck to everyone!

        • Hi Alex,

          I have a question regarding MLTSSL catagory you have mentioned. As you mentioned that you have a engineer Diploma, How can you file in Biomedical engineering. I think its required minimum bachelor degree? Please correct me if I am wrong.

          • Hi Dhaval,
            Yes indeed, I definitely think you would need an actual diploma or bachelor degree to file in Biomedical engineering. As far as I’m concerned, my engineering diploma comes after 5 years in college in France.
            Good luck!

  9. Hi mark I already lodged my file for 457 visa I applied nomination and visa application together in painting trade works could u tell me plz how long they can take it for decision and this decision will be in favour or against ??????

    • Hi Jasbar, I am assuming you have an employer sponsoring you? Typically, a 457 visa is processed in approximately 14 – 16 weeks.

      With regards to the outcome, It’s difficult to forecast from here with the info available.

  10. Hello Mark,
    Thanks for your response ,I am already on 457 if I apply for permanent residency, did I can get exemptions from English requirements or I need have 6 each band in ielts to apply for PR . Painting trade work

  11. Hi Mark,
    I am applying for retail manger from Orange pizza hut restaurant( Dine in or buffet ) in August 2017 for RSMS. One employee is already got PR from this business in 2015 and their time period is finishing in 5th august 2017.
    What are the changes effected with my application ?
    I’ll wait your kind reply.

  12. Good Morning Mark,
    I am going to Apply for 187 RSMS next week in Direct Entry Stream and I want to know if changes from March 2018 will affect on my file.

  13. Thanks sir , I received your message , did I need 6 bands each for applying permanent residency.

    Trade works painting

  14. Hey i applied under industrial engineer 233511 which is available for visa 189 . is the new list valid for 2017-18 or it might change again??

    • Should be valid for 2017 – 2018 Advitiya. The shorter term STSOL is likely to be updated every 6 months or so, however, I expect the MLTSSL however (long term/permanent visa) to remain unchanged until at least Q1 2018.

      • Thanks Mark , Me and my friend filed an EOI with 60 points in December. I know that the seat allocation for this year is almost done. Any idea when we can expect an invitation ?
        Also when can we expect a formal announcement if it is infact a list for 2017/18.
        Thanks in Advance

  15. Hi ,this is zee, currently I am on 457 visa it nearly 2 years have to apply permanent residency within 3 months .New rules will affect , if I apply for PR
    My trade is painting and decorating

  16. Is production or plant engineer still going to go pro rata in july 2017 or will relative sponsor 489 invitations will be given to this occupation.

    • Both lists come into effect the day after the legislation was published and replaced the SOL which expired in July. I don’t anticipate any change to this list in the Short term, especially in a little over 3 months.

  17. My occupation is 233513 production or plant engineer. Is this profession be available in July 2017 for 489 relative sponser with 65 points

    • This occupation will only qualify for sponsorship under the following visa schemes

      Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
      Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
      Skilled-Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489), if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.

      The list is valid now and I don’t anticipate any changes to the MLTSSL as soon as July

  18. Hi, Mark. Good day to you. My nominated occupation is 221111 Accountant (General), with DOE lodged to SkillSelect, DOE 21/11/2016 with point score of 65+5. Since then, I have been eagerly waiting for invitation for both 189 and NSW 190. My point score will increase by 5 to 70+5 on this coming 5/5/2017 for completion of 3 years overseas working experience as an Accountant.

    Based on the new MLTSSL and current trend for NSW 190 invitation, which is rather inactive if compared to previous years (only 1853 issued out of 4000 planned as at 28/2/2017), when do you think I could be possibly getting an invitation? Thank you.

    • Jie, it is almost impossible to say unfortunately as the likelihood of receiving an invitation is based on a number of factors. Eg. occupation ceiling, other applicants in the queue. The other applicant scores versus yours etc.

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