Individuals and Travellers

Lists of eligible skilled occupations

On 1 July 2017, there were a number of changes to temporary and permanent skilled migration programs, including the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) program. See: 1 July 2017 changes to skilled visa programs.  

This included changes to the lists of eligible occupations for these programs. See: Summary of 1 July  2017 changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations.

The sections below can be expanded to provide links to the current legislative instruments where you can find the following occupation lists for all relevant visa programs:

  • the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

Note: A single alphabetical list of occupations eligible for the subclass 457 and the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa programs as of 1 July 2017 is available. See: Combined list of eligible skilled occupations.

Occupations available for General Skilled Migration visa programs

If you are applying for any of the below:

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:

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.

Note: the above instrument also restricts the use of certain occupations to certain subclasses listed above.

Occupations for employer sponsored visa programs

Separate legislative instruments now exist outlining eligible occupations for the following sponsored visa programs:

The occupations available for the subclass 186 and 457 programs are the same. Consequently, for ease of reference, a single alphabetical list of these occupations is available. See: Combined list of eligible skilled occupations.

Note: Different eligible occupation arrangements are in place for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) - Direct Entry Stream.

Removed occupations

On 1 July 2017, 12 occupations were removed entirely from the list of eligible skilled occupations. See: Summary of 1 July 2017 changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations.

If your occupation has been removed from the list, you will be impacted if:

This means that any applications already lodged before 1 July 2017 for the above visa subclasses (other than a 457 visa) will not be impacted (even if the occupation was removed on 1 July 2017).

If you already hold a subclass 457 visa, you will not be impacted by these removed occupations unless you apply for a further subclass 457 visa or are changing your occupation or employer.

Caveats on occupations

As of 1 July 2017, caveats apply to 67 occupations for the purposes of the following visa programs only:

These caveats are designed to ensure that the above visa programs are used to fill skilled positions that cannot be filled via the local labour market. If you are working in a highly skilled position, you are unlikely to be impacted by these arrangements.

A summary of Caveats on occupations that apply to particular occupations is available. For the specific wording of each caveat, see the relevant legislative instrument listed above.

The caveats apply to:

  • subclass 186 visa and nomination applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017
  • subclass 457 visa and nomination applications which:
    • are lodged on or after 1 July 2017
    • were lodged before 1 July 2017 and have not yet been decided by the Department.

If your occupation is now subject to a caveat, an officer will assess whether the caveat applies in the particular circumstances of your nominated position.

If you have a pending application with the Department which was lodged before 1 July 2017 and you are certain you cannot meet the caveat requirements, you can request a withdrawal in writing at any time and request a refund of the application fee. If you do not withdraw your application and do not meet the caveat requirements, your application will be refused.

If you already hold a subclass 457 visa, you will not be impacted by these caveated occupations unless you apply for a further subclass 457 visa or are changing your occupation or employer.