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STSOL – Short Term Skilled Occupation List – January 2018

Overview of the Occupations Available on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

Occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

This list is current as of 20 January 2018 and is expected to be updated every six months. If you are applying for a Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS Visa) your occupation will need to appear in this list.

 The following table is the Short‑term Skilled Occupation List.

Short‑term Skilled Occupation List
Item Column 1


Column 2


Column 3

Inapplicability conditions (see notes below this table)

1 aquaculture farmer 121111 9, 10
2 cotton grower 121211 9, 10
3 flower grower 121212 9, 10
4 fruit or nut grower 121213 9, 10
5 grain, oilseed or pasture grower (Aus) / field crop grower (NZ) 121214 9, 10
6 grape grower 121215 9, 10
7 mixed crop farmer 121216 9, 10
8 sugar cane grower 121217 9, 10
9 vegetable grower (Aus) / market gardener (NZ) 121221 9, 10
10 crop farmers (nec) 121299 9, 10
11 apiarist 121311 9, 10
12 beef cattle farmer 121312 9, 10
13 dairy cattle farmer 121313 9, 10
14 mixed livestock farmer 121317 9, 10
15 pig farmer 121318 9, 10
16 poultry farmer 121321 9, 10
17 sheep farmer 121322 9, 10
18 livestock farmers (nec) 121399 9, 10
19 mixed crop and livestock farmer 121411 9, 10
20 sales and marketing manager 131112 3, 11, 20
21 advertising manager 131113  
22 corporate services manager 132111 4, 20, 22
23 finance manager 132211 1
24 human resource manager 132311  
25 research and development manager 132511  
26 manufacturer 133411  
27 production manager (forestry) 133511 10
28 production manager (manufacturing) 133512  
29 production manager (mining) 133513  
30 supply and distribution manager 133611 3, 11, 20
31 health and welfare services managers (nec) 134299  
32 school principal 134311  
33 education managers (nec) 134499  
34 ICT project manager 135112 1
35 ICT managers (nec) 135199  
36 arts administrator or manager 139911  
37 laboratory manager 139913  
38 quality assurance manager 139914  
39 specialist managers (nec) except:

(a) ambassador; or

(b) archbishop; or

(c) bishop

40 cafe or restaurant manager 141111 8
41 hotel or motel manager 141311 9
42 accommodation and hospitality managers (nec) 141999 10
43 post office manager 142115 10
44 fitness centre manager 149112 10
45 sports centre manager 149113 10
46 customer service manager 149212 2, 11, 19
47 conference and event organiser 149311 2, 19
48 transport company manager 149413 9, 19, 21
49 facilities manager 149913 14
50 dancer or choreographer 211112  
51 music director 211212  
52 music professionals (nec) 211299  
53 photographer 211311  
54 visual arts and crafts professionals (nec) 211499  
55 artistic director 212111  
56 book or script editor 212212  
57 director (film, television, radio or stage) 212312  
58 film and video editor 212314  
59 program director (television or radio) 212315  
60 stage manager 212316  
61 technical director 212317  
62 video producer 212318  
63 copywriter 212411  
64 newspaper or periodical editor 212412  
65 print journalist 212413  
66 technical writer 212415  
67 television journalist 212416  
68 journalists and other writers (nec) 212499  
69 company secretary 221211  
70 commodities trader 222111  
71 finance broker 222112  
72 insurance broker 222113  
73 financial brokers (nec) 222199  
74 financial market dealer 222211  
75 stockbroking dealer 222213  
76 financial dealers (nec) 222299  
77 financial investment adviser 222311  
78 financial investment manager 222312  
79 recruitment consultant 223112 19, 21, 23
80 ICT trainer 223211  
81 mathematician 224112  
82 gallery or museum curator 224212  
83 health information manager 224213  
84 records manager 224214  
85 librarian 224611  
86 organisation and methods analyst 224712  
87 patents examiner 224914  
88 information and organisation professionals (nec) 224999 1
89 advertising specialist 225111 1
90 marketing specialist 225113 2, 11, 19
91 ICT account manager 225211  
92 ICT business development manager 225212  
93 ICT sales representative 225213  
94 public relations professional 225311  
95 technical sales representatives (nec) including education sales representatives 225499 2, 15
96 aeroplane pilot 231111 10
97 flying instructor 231113 10
98 helicopter pilot 231114 10
99 fashion designer 232311  
100 industrial designer 232312  
101 jewellery designer 232313  
102 graphic designer 232411 1
103 illustrator 232412  
104 web designer 232414  
105 interior designer 232511  
106 urban and regional planner 232611  
107 wine maker 234213 10
108 geologist 234411  
109 primary school teacher 241213  
110 middle school teacher (Aus) / intermediate school teacher (NZ) 241311  
111 education adviser 249111  
112 art teacher (private tuition) 249211  
113 dance teacher (private tuition) 249212  
114 music teacher (private tuition) 249214  
115 private tutors and teachers (nec) 249299  
116 teacher of English to speakers of other languages 249311  
117 dietitian 251111  
118 nutritionist 251112  
119 occupational health and safety adviser 251312  
120 orthoptist 251412  
121 hospital pharmacist 251511  
122 industrial pharmacist 251512  
123 retail pharmacist 251513  
124 health promotion officer 251911  
125 health diagnostic and promotion professionals (nec) 251999  
126 acupuncturist 252211  
127 naturopath 252213  
128 traditional Chinese medicine practitioner 252214  
129 complementary health therapists (nec) 252299  
130 dental specialist 252311  
131 dentist 252312  
132 resident medical officer 253112  
133 anaesthetist 253211  
134 nurse educator 254211  
135 nurse researcher 254212  
136 nurse manager 254311  
137 web developer 261212 1
138 software tester 261314 1
139 database administrator 262111  
140 systems administrator 262113  
141 network administrator 263112  
142 network analyst 263113  
143 ICT quality assurance engineer 263211  
144 ICT support engineer 263212 1
145 ICT systems test engineer 263213 1
146 ICT support and test engineers (nec) 263299  
147 judicial and other legal professionals (nec) 271299  
148 careers counsellor 272111  
149 drug and alcohol counsellor 272112  
150 family and marriage counsellor 272113  
151 rehabilitation counsellor 272114  
152 student counsellor 272115  
153 counsellors (nec) 272199  
154 psychotherapist 272314  
155 interpreter 272412  
156 social professionals (nec) 272499  
157 recreation officer 272612  
158 welfare worker 272613  
159 agricultural technician 311111 10
160 anaesthetic technician 311211  
161 cardiac technician 311212  
162 medical laboratory technician 311213  
163 pharmacy technician 311215  
164 medical technicians (nec) 311299  
165 meat inspector 311312  
166 primary products inspectors (nec) 311399 10
167 chemistry technician 311411  
168 earth science technician 311412  
169 life science technician 311413  
170 science technicians (nec) 311499  
171 architectural draftsperson 312111  
172 building inspector 312113  
173 architectural, building and surveying technicians (nec) 312199  
174 mechanical engineering technician 312512 16
175 metallurgical or materials technician 312912  
176 mine deputy 312913  
177 hardware technician 313111  
178 ICT customer support officer 313112  
179 web administrator 313113  
180 ICT support technicians (nec) 313199  
181 farrier 322113  
182 aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics) 323111  
183 aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical) 323112  
184 aircraft maintenance engineer (structures) 323113  
185 textile, clothing and footwear mechanic 323215  
186 metal fitters and machinists (nec) 323299  
187 precision instrument maker and repairer 323314  
188 watch and clock maker and repairer 323316  
189 toolmaker 323412  
190 vehicle body builder 324211  
191 vehicle trimmer 324212  
192 roof tiler 333311  
193 business machine mechanic 342311  
194 cabler (data and telecommunications) 342411  
195 telecommunications linesworker 342413  
196 baker 351111 17
197 pastrycook 351112 17
198 butcher or smallgoods maker 351211  
199 cook 351411 7, 8
200 dog handler or trainer 361111  
201 animal attendants and trainers (nec) 361199 18
202 veterinary nurse 361311  
203 florist 362111  
204 gardener (general) 362211  
205 arborist 362212  
206 landscape gardener 362213  
207 greenkeeper 362311  
208 hairdresser 391111 1
209 print finisher 392111  
210 printing machinist 392311  
211 dressmaker or tailor 393213  
212 upholsterer 393311  
213 furniture finisher 394211  
214 wood machinist 394213  
215 wood machinists and other wood trades workers (nec) 394299  
216 chemical plant operator 399211  
217 power generation plant operator 399213  
218 library technician 399312  
219 jeweller 399411  
220 camera operator (film, television or video) 399512  
221 make up artist 399514  
222 sound technician 399516  
223 performing arts technicians (nec) 399599  
224 signwriter 399611  
225 ambulance officer 411111  
226 intensive care ambulance paramedic 411112  
227 dental technician 411213  
228 diversional therapist 411311  
229 enrolled nurse 411411  
230 massage therapist 411611 12
231 community worker 411711  
232 disabilities services officer 411712  
233 family support worker 411713  
234 residential care officer 411715  
235 youth worker 411716  
236 diving instructor (open water) 452311  
237 gymnastics coach or instructor 452312  
238 horse riding coach or instructor 452313  
239 snowsport instructor 452314  
240 swimming coach or instructor 452315  
241 tennis coach 452316  
242 other sports coach or instructor 452317  
243 sports development officer 452321  
244 footballer 452411  
245 sportspersons (nec) 452499  
246 contract administrator 511111 1
247 program or project administrator 511112  
248 insurance loss adjuster 599612  
249 insurance agent 611211  
250 property manager 612112 2, 10, 19, 21
251 real estate representative 612115 2, 10, 19, 21
252 retail buyer 639211 11

Positions for which occupation is inapplicable
Item Position
1 The position does not require a minimum of 2 years’ relevant work experience.
2 The position has a nominated base salary of less than AUD65,000.
3 (a) the position has a nominated base salary of less than AUD65,000; and

(b) if the person is to be transferred to fill the position—the transfer is not an intra‑corporate transfer to which an international trade obligation applies.

4 (a) the position has a nominated base salary of less than AUD80,000; and

(b) if the person is to be transferred to fill the position—the transfer is not an intra‑corporate transfer to which an international trade obligation applies.

5 (a) the position has a nominated base salary of less than AUD180,001; and

(b) if the person is to be transferred to fill the position—the transfer is not an intra‑corporate transfer to which an international trade obligation applies.

6 The position is a clerical, bookkeeper or accounting clerk position.
7 The position is involved in mass production in a factory setting.
8 The position is in a limited service restaurant.
9 The position predominantly involves responsibility for low‑skilled tasks.

Example 1:              Rostering, maintaining records, reception duties and allocating duties to
housekeepers, porters or doorpersons.

Example 2:              Fruit picking or packing or feeding of livestock or animals.

Example 3:              Truck driving.

10 The position is not located in regional Australia (within the meaning of subregulation 5.19(7) of the Regulations).
11 The position:

(a) is based in a front‑line retail setting; or

(b) predominantly involves direct client transactional interaction on a regular basis.

12 The position:

(a) is not a full‑time position; or

(b) is not based in a therapeutic setting; or

(c) involves the provision of non‑medical relaxation massage; or

(d) is in a retail setting.

14 The position:

(a) is not located in a commercial building or shopping centre environment; or

(b) predominantly involves managing the provision of only one particular service to a facility or managing one particular relationship.

Example: Managing the cleaning contract for a facility but not other contracts relevant
to the facility.

15 The position:

(a) is based in a front‑line retail setting; or

(b) is based in a call centre and does not require a significant technical knowledge of products; or

(c) predominantly involves selling educational courses to individual students.

16 The position relates to mobile phone repairs.
17 The position relates to mass or standardised production (as opposed to specialist production), including the following:

(a) a position based in a franchise or factory;

(b) a position that:

(i) involves full or partial production of food product for distribution to another location; or

(ii) predominantly involves the use of pre‑prepared food product from another location.

18 The position relates to animal husbandry, including caring for livestock on a farm.
19 The position is in a business that has an annual turnover of less than AUD1,000,000.
20 (a) the position is in a business that has an annual turnover of less than AUD1,000,000; and

(b) if the person is to be transferred to fill the position—the transfer is not an intra‑corporate transfer to which an international trade obligation applies.

21 The position is in a business that has fewer than 5 employees.
22 (a) the position is in a business that has fewer than 5 employees; and

(b) if the person is to be transferred to fill the position—the transfer is not an intra‑corporate transfer to which an international trade obligation applies.

23 The position has a nominated base salary of less than AUD90,000.
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  1. Hi,
    I am a hairdresser so what’s the best way to go about getting sponsored and then once you are sponsored how much does the visa cost?

  2. Hi Mark,

    I am an experienced Graphic Designer with about 80 points. Does this mean I could apply for a 190 Skilled Nomination Visa?

    I am struggling to understand how to initiate a 457 visa (i.e. why would a company want to sponsor someone they haven’t met) – so the 190 seems a much easier route.


  3. Hi Mark
    I want to apply PR for subclass 190 and 489 and my occupation also listed in STSOL 399213 Power Generation Plant Operator and iahve 10 years exp.I want to move South Australia or Tasmania,but right now o do not have any job offer.
    Should i do TRA and apply by my self.
    How much chances is there, i can get PR.
    Please guide me.
    Raghib Iqbal.

  4. Hello Mark,

    Am a customer service manager with over 5years experience..Which do i fall under subclass 186 and 457 visa programs. am a bit confused here.


  5. Hi Mark,
    Firstly, thank you for this forum! It helps in getting a clearer perspective across the immigration process in Aus.
    I would like to discuss my case as below.
    I have already got a positive Skills Assessment from VETASSESS Marketing Specialist (ANZSCO Code: 225113.
    Below are my points break down:
    Age: 25
    Education: 15
    Australian Masters Degree Education: 5
    Employment: 10
    State Nomination: 5
    Total: 70
    I have yet to apply my EOI and would like to know what are my chances of securing a PR.
    I do look forward.

  6. Hi Mark

    I am getting sponsored for Austrailian 457 Visa as Restaurant Manager. I have few querries on the same.
    Do i needs to get my skill assessment done from any agency?
    What other related checklist/ documents are required?
    How much time does it take to complete the whole process?


  7. Hi mark
    I had applied 186 visa 2016 and file opened july 2016.whatever document asked we submit. I m still working as a hairdresser.but no decision.
    I have 5 years experience in here can i apply state nomination. Please advice me.

  8. Hi Mark, Thanks for the responses. i have issues with chosing the visa to apply for myself and two kids. i have experience in customer service and Facilities Management. kindly advise

  9. Hi Mark. I’m trying to apply as Advertising Manager. But when I go to the lists of each state, this occupation can only be found in SA. Does that mean other states are not hiring Advertising Managers?

  10. Hi,
    I applied for 457 visa in jan 24 from cook. My visa was granted on sep 26 which is valid for 2years. Can u please tell me what will happen after 2 years and am i still applicable to apply for PR after 2 years.?
    Any reply will be much appreciated.
    Thank you

  11. hi mark,
    good day,i am currently here in oz now with a subclass visa 600 and i am planning to apply for that 457 TSS it possible?and i want to know what is my first step since i have talked to someone here that are willing to sponsor me.can you please help me where do i begin and what are the possible requirements that i need to take or i need to to take the ielts exam.i think im in line with 272613 STSOLACWA.i will be very much appreciate your help.thank you.god bless.

  12. Hi Mark, I am a teacher by profession and I would like to apply for a Primary School Teacher i Australia, kindly walk me through on how to start my application. Thanks a heap!

  13. Hi Mark,
    Thanks a lot for making this website!
    Just wondering, if your skill is on the short term list, do you need to get sponsorship from a work place? Or can you apply for the 2 year visa without that?

    I’ve tried to read up on this but no luck so far.

    Many thanks


    • Afraid so Lily, you can’t use the STSOL to support a standalone visa. You must be sponsored if using an occupation on this list to qualify.

  14. Hi Mark,

    My profession is in STOL list (Industrial Pharmacist # 251512).
    How can i apply for Australia visa because when i am looking for state sponsorship. It is not appearing in any states website. Please can you assist.


  15. Hi Mark,

    I have applied 457 visa through a migration agent in march 2017 but due to 457 abolishment web developer removed from the list.My Application status is Assessment in Progress.Now in July 2017 web developer is back in the list. So my question is-
    is there a chance to grant 457 visa ?

  16. Hi , I see retail pharmacist and graphic designer are included in short term list , so applications would allow work in Australia for 2 to 4 years only then after that should I be back ?

  17. Hello. I have a question. My specialization is in the MLTSSL right now. My wife specialization is in the STSOL. We have already had our Skill Assesments both. I am going to apply for 190 subclass and claim 5 points for my spouse. Is it possible ? Because there is ambiguity on the webpage

    Partner skills

    You can claim partner skills if, when you are invited, your partner:

    has an occupation that is on the same skilled occupations list as your nominated occupation

    And the information about applying for 190 subclass:
    If you are applying for any of the below:
    Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points-tested stream
    Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – Family nominated
    Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream.
    you will need to nominate an occupation from the MLTSSL of the relevant legislative instrument – see: IMMI 17/072 Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities.
    If you are applying for any of the below:
    Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
    Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – State or Territory nominated.
    you will need to nominate an occupation from the same legislative instrument above. Additional occupations included in the STSOL will, however, also be available to you.

    Are we both in the same list ?

    Thank you.

  18. I mean do I have to necessarily list down each and evry job I did back home, even if I’m not claiming any point through them?

      • Thanks. My public profiles’ resumes (linkedin, seek, indeed, etc.) would definitely match. However, I have submitted lots of resumes through various portals i.e. woolworths, apple, microsoft, iworkfornsw, etc. and I don’t even remember on how many or which portals I submitted my resume. Those resumes may differ from the one which I’m going to submit for 189 visa.

  19. One more thing. Once an individual gets invited after submitting EOI, does his/her CO checks his/her online job profiles for any discrepancy?

    • Online job profiles as in Linkedin etc? There is no official evidence of this no. Having said that I would be inclined to ensure that the online jobs match!

  20. Hi,

    I have completed a two year Master of Professional Accounting degree from Federation University Australia and I had Financial Accounting and Financial Management in my course. Am I eligible to nominate Fianancial Manager from the STSOL list for Skilled Nomination (Visa subclass 190).

  21. Hello,
    Thanks a lot for the list! Do you by any chance know if people with professions from the STSOL can apply for Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) sponsored by an eligible relative? I seem to find contradicting info about it.
    Thanks a lot! My apologies for asking a question here!

  22. Hi Mark. Really appreciate you taking the time to answer everyone’s questions. Mine is a two-parter. 1.) I want to move to Australia for work, most likely as a Technical Writer or Marketing Specialist type job, both of which I see listed here. And 2.) My fiance is an Australian citizen and we would like to get married and establish joint residency in Australia.

    It seems like getting the spouse visa is a very elongated process, so interested in your take on whether it makes sense to try to get the ‘Skill Visa’ first and then get married, or get the spouse visa first and then look for work once it’s approved. My preference would be whichever option gets me to Australia sooner. Many thanks!

  23. Hi Mark
    I fall under Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures), 15 years plus experience in composites and 3 years sheet metal. Have Aircraft composites trade where most experience lies. Also gained Aircraft mechanics trade (minimal experience).
    Any hope for me to get into Australia in this line of work ?
    Rgds Barry

  24. Hi Mark, Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) – 233611 is missing from both these lists, that is (MLTSSL) and (STSOL). I have lodged an EOI last July for subclass 190 for NSW and yet to receive an invite. Am i still eligible for 190 ?

    • Unfortunately, if the occupation is no longer on either list then there will be no invitations offered for this occupation, eve if your EOI was submitted when the role was still on the list.

  25. I dont see Economist on both medium and short term list however it appears on combined. so which visa should I apply for if i got assessment for Economist

  26. Hi Mark, thank you for your prompt and valuable responses. I have gotten a positive assessment for financial investment advisor (222311) but i can not apply on the EOI yet because i have not yet attained the minimum points of 60. I am currently on 50 points without state nomination and trying to get the additional 15 points from English and my Oz qualification by September this year. It seems no state is sponsoring the occupation apart from NSW under stream 2, my question is will it make sense if i express my interest on EOI now and if *mistakenly invited i hope it will not lead to a rejection of visa. Apologies for the long story.

    • Hi Alexia, if you do not meet the criteria, I would be inclined to avoid applying now as your application will not be viewed favourably if it’s not compliant.

  27. Hi Mark,

    I received a positive assessment for Marketing Specialist in April 2017. I had lodged an EoI with the Northern territory, however, unfortunately due to the reforms the application has been suspended until 01st July 2017. Marketing Specialist no more features on the NT Migration occupation list. However, it has got a place on STSOL.

    What I am wondering is that if this occupation features on any state list after 01st July 2017, will I be able to apply for 489 visa? Will this visa still (after 01st July 2017) lead to permanent residency? What could be other options?

    • Hi Manish, the 489 Visa class will only allow you to remain in Australia for up to 4 years however if your occupation appears on any state list then yes, you will be able to apply.

      Your occupation will need to apply on the MLTSSL list to qualify for PR however if you were to go down the 489 visa path, a lot may change during this 4 year period.

  28. Hi Mark,
    will you be able to tell me which state will accept people with this occupation (223112-Recruitment Consultant).

  29. Hi Mark.
    I’m on 457 visa as a COOl my two years going to complete next year June 2018still can I apply for END plz reply me.

  30. Hi Mark
    Good work replying to everyone questions.
    If a company is willing to sponsor me under an occupation on the STSOL is a 2 year sponsorship the only option? Is it possible for the company to extend for another 2 years once the first 2 years are complete.
    Is PR a possible after 3 years (counting on a second 2 year sponsorship.)

    Thank you.

  31. hi
    is it possible that occupation in short term list will be removed in July? when will the list for next year come?

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