Will Your Occupation Be Removed From The Australian SOL

flagged jobs on the SOL

As part of the annual SOL review, there are a number of occupations which are ‘flagged’ for possible removal in the future.

Generally, occupations are flagged when there is emerging evidence of excess supply in the labour market. For the 2016–17 SOL, 51 occupations have been flagged.

Although being flagged down not guarantee that the role will be removed, we’d suggest that people looking to emigrate to Australia under one of the occupations below take this as an early ‘heads up’ that your choices may be limited when the 2017-2018 SOL is announced early next year.

Flagged Occupations for potential removal on the SOL for 2016 –17

ANZSCO Code Occupation
133513 Production Manager (Mining)
221111 Accountant (General)
221112 Management Accountant
221113 Taxation Accountant
224111 Actuary
224511 Land Economist
224512 Valuer
231212 Ship’s Engineer
231213 Ship’s Master
231214 Ship’s Officer
232212 Surveyor
232213 Cartographer
232214 Other Spatial Scientist
233111 Chemical Engineer
233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
233213 Quantity Surveyor
233214 Structural Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer
233411 Electronics Engineer
233511 Industrial Engineer
233512 Mechanical Engineer
233513 Production or Plant Engineer
233911 Aeronautical Engineer
233912 Agricultural Engineer
233913 Biomedical Engineer
233914 Engineering Technologist
233915 Environmental Engineer
233916 Naval Architect
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist
234711 Veterinarian
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist
252411 Occupational Therapist
262611 Podiatrist
252712 Speech Pathologist
253111 General Practitioner
253211 Anaesthetist
253312 Cardiologist
253315 Endocrinologist
253316 Gastroenterologist
253317 Intensive Care Specialist
253321 Paediatrician
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253999 Medical Practitioners nec
271111 Barrister
271311 Solicitor
272314 Psychotherapist
272399 Psychologists nec
351311 Chef*
399111 Boat Builder and Repairer
399112 Shipwright

* Indicates that the occupation excludes positions in fast food or takeaway food service.

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Dear Sir

I am fire safety officer having 8yrs Exp. having B.Sc(fire, safety), and Post diploma safety.Is there chance to get PR under SOL of OCCupational health safety advisor/officer.I asked this because it was removed from SOL in 2016.


Hi, Mark, I am Transport Engineer and want to apply for immigration. What u feel, will this field remain in SOL 18-19.


Ships engineer from the UK. Currently in Australia on a WHV. Did my medical and oral exam for my assessment letter to be released. I sat the oral exam 12 days after it was removed. Totally stuck and unsure how I can get the department to believe I was in the process of putting in my EOI.


I have applied for University tutor under VETASSESS in the year 2016 but with July 1st update the occupation of Univ Tutor is removed.
Kindly tell me how I go about my application. Do i have to file a fresh EOI. What are the alternate occupations i can go with.
Kindly help



Hi Mark,
I am just wondering if you have any insight as to which occupations are going to be removed from the STSOL on the 1st of July? I am a dentist looking to get a 186 visa.


Punit Rathore

Hi Mark, Myself Punit. I am not sure what occupation should I choose from SOL. I have done my Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics & Instrumentation, Master of Technology from Electrical Department in Instrumentation Specialisation. Then, I have 3 years and 4 months industrial work experience in Manufacturing company (TATA STEE) in Automation department, where my work was related to Instrumentation and Automation. Based on my Bachelors and Master Project, they are more related to Electronics Engineering. However, In a broad sense, my department in the Master was Electrical and work experience in industry was also related to Electrical as… Read more »


Hey please sir advice me…..I am to opt bachelor of IT for the Feb 2018 intake….do you think I need to change my field to other or IT is secure until about 4 to 5 years from now.
Writing in anticipation,
Rishi Joshi.

Geoffrey Schuil

Thank you for your response Mark, great website and very informative

Geoffrey Schuil

Hi Mark, We have recived an invitation to apply for a 189 visa on 7 June 2017. We have 60 days to apply. However we are still awaiting our PCC from South Africa which can take up to 60 days. We wanted to wait until we have all our docs to submit everything in one upload. So my question is, should our occupation be taken off of the skills list in the July 2017/2018 before we have submitted the application, would that cancel out our invitation from June? If so then we would rather submit end of June and then… Read more »


I have taken admission in Deakin university for Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering Design) for July 2017 intake. Mechanical Engineer has been flagged in the 2016-17 list for possible removal from SOL in future or probably in 2017-18 SOL. So what will be the employment scene when I will complete my masters in July 2019? Should I go ahead for masters? Is it worth taking risk?
Please guide.

Hey Mark.
If I graduated at Industrial Engineering and then this occupation is removed, can I do a masters in Civil Engineering and apply with a occupation of Civil Engineer?
Does a master change my bachelor degree occupation?
I can’t find that info anywhere.
Thanks :)


Hi Mark,
I am a senior Biomedical engineer(19yrs exp) who authorised an agent in Dubai with MARA number to help me file the application.Now i have completed IELTS,CDR and all other formalities and is about to apply through them.Now i came to know that the Biomedical engineering job is flagged.Does this mean that i won’t land up in a Biomedical job?This is a real big decision for me as i am a family man and my wife works as opthalmologist.


Hi Mark,
I see that the below occupations feature in the flagged list:
Accountant (General) – ANZSCO 221111
Management Accountant – ANZSCO 221112
Taxation Accountant – ANZSCO 221113
However, External Auditor – ANZSCO 221213 does not feature in this list.
If Accountant (General) gets removed from the 207-18 SOL, Will External Auditor still stay on the list (as it is not flagged) OR Will it be removed as well as these two occupations are closely related?
When is the new SOL – MLTSSOL for 2017-18 published?

Thanks and Regards,


Thanks Mark .Are there 100% chances of electronic engineering removal from 2017- 2018 SOL this July ? Or is there any hope of remaining electronic engineering in SOL ??


Hi Mark,
I have submitted my EOI in Dec 2016 as Electronic Engineer with 55 points for 189 Visa.My points will be 60 on 19th July 2017.If electronic engineering will be remove from SOL then what will be my status?

Kubeshni Naicker

Do you think that Accountant will be removed completely from the list?
Is Finance Manager also flagged to be removed or not?

I am petroleum engineering and I am in Australia by visa 476(regonised gratitude) I want to apply for visa 189 but as long as my course removed from occupation list I think to convert to chemical engineering or engineering technologies .as I am fresh gratuated which of them I have more chance that my CdR will be accepted in skill assignment or is it other way around that I can apply for or


my eoi is postive for south australia. but now my occupation is removed from dibp list Australia and my eoi is valid till 30 april so i am confused ?
should i lodge my file in dibp?


I am a chemical engineer and have just applied for my skill assessment with australia engineers using the fast track option. What are my chances of receiving an invitation if I file my eoi early June as I can see that Chemical Engineer is flagged and can be removed from the skilled occupation list.



Hi, I have submitted my EOI for NSW state nomination on September 2016. Due to the recent changes in the list, my nominated occupation Plant or production engineer removed from state nominated 190 visa. As per DIBP those who apply on or after 19th April will not be considered for 190 visa. In my case, is my EOI still valid? Normally EOI is valid for 2 years. So I’m confused whether I will be invited or not? In case if my case occupation included for state nomination, Should I have to submit a new EOI of my existing EOI get… Read more »

Hi Mark, I have studied Bachelors of Management studies (equivalent to BBA) and Law from India, and i would want to relocate in Australia.Can you pleases suggest me with the academic courses i should apply in Australia which are job oriented and will help me relocating there. Looking at my interest my Education Counselor has suggested to Take Master of Commerce with Specialization in Financial Crime and Governance from Macquiare University, Sydney or LLM or MBA, Please help me which one has a better scope. I’m more interested in working in as a Financial fraud investigator but also want to… Read more »


Hi Mark, I am a Law graduate from India, and i am considering to do LLM or Masters of Commerce with specialization in financial Crime and Governance in Australia this year , will the changes in SOL impact my carer

Mayank Sharma

I currently in my final year of engineering in India and I plan to apply for Masters in Software engineering or computer science in Australia. After Masters, I wish to work in Australia and become a citizen eventually. Will I be affected? If yes, how?


How do you think about civil Engineers ? Will there a high possibility of removing from the list ?


Hi Mark,

I got 489 state nomination on 5 April 2017 and invited in Skill Select on 11 april 2017 to apply Visa, and I am preparing document to apply for Visa in skill select but now my ocupation has been removed from current list. Am I know eligible to apply 489 visa?


* Am I not eligible to apply 489 Visa?

Hira Ali

Hi Mark Im Hira Ali have graduated as an accountant in 2016. Am currently on 60 points. My question is which category of accountant should i go for in orf
Der to get an early invitation. Can i get two occupations i.e Accounting general and corporate treasurer assessed by ICCA AND IPA respectively?
Or can i only get one job occupation assessed for the purpose of EOI?



Hi Mark
Do you think that Electronic engineering will be removed this year?

Upesh Patel

Myself Upesh Patel. Having 7+ experience. I have done my diploma in mechanical after my 10th grade. So, number of year study is 13 year. After so many search I came to conclusion that I’m eligible to apply through mechanical technician and my job duties match with that. I have planned to apply in Skill sponsorship visa. Right now mechanical technician is not open in any state. Is there any chance to get it reopen in future? Expectedly, when it will open?

Hassan Raza Syed

Dear Mark,

I have applied for Visa 189 with having points 65 on 17th December 2016 with visa Class 233513 – Plant & Production Engineer, I some questions making me confused,

1) The cut of date is now 10th November 2016, and occupation is about to reach the ceiling, So will I get invited in the start of new year?
2) If the occupation gets removed Will I still be able to get the Invite as I have applied in 2016.


Hey … how you doing? I have just updated my Eoi … and m having 70 points for 189 visa and 70+5 points for 190 visa, and have applied in the category of accountant general for 189 visa and similar for 190 visa , and also in the category of management account… so I want to know what are my chances?


Hi Mark ,

I’m currently studying Building and Construction Management at university of Canberra and expecting to graduate in mid 2018 . I am majoring in Quantity Surveying and wish to apply for pr.
QS is flagged at the moment . Do you think it will get removed in near future ?



I am a UK Solicitor in the process of having my qualifications assessed in Australia. Is it likely that Solicitors will be removed from the 17/18 SOL? I note that are only 126 this year with a ceiling of 5000. Is this taken into account?


Hi Mark,
I am Mechanical Engineer and I was wondering if it is going to be remove from the list for the 2017-2018 period.


Hi Mark.
I have applied for 189 visa last december (i.e 11 dec 2015) as Mechanical Engineer. I have claimed 60 points and I have provided them with all my documents including medical and PCC. I was just wondering if my name doesn’t come in year 2016-2017 and if they remove mechanical engineering from 2017-2018. Does that mean I ll get rejection automatically? Or is there still a chance?



Hi Mark im dental tehnician from Macedonia how can i apply for working viza and how much manny cost. Thanks

hi mark ,
will dentist return in the SOL of 2017 – 2018 ?


if they remove engineering fields from SOL it may effect their currency which was happened once previously aus so how they will remove these as these are majority of people choose


Hi, what about the Electronics Engineer. Will it stay until 2 years in SOL??


is this a complete list of jobs or more to come?


Hi Mark
I am chemical engineer and recently done IELTS. How to move about further.

Asad Zia

I am a veterinary doctor and planning to move to Australia under skilled worker program. Now a days I am busy in IELTS preparation but greatly shocked after came to know that ” VETERINARY ” profession is removed from the list . Now what is your advice for me Sir Mark ?


Im looking for imigration advice for australia.

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