Individuals and Travellers

Lists of eligible skilled occupations

Only certain skilled occupations are eligible for Australia’s skilled visa programs.  The occupations that are available depend on which visa program you are applying for.

The sections below can be expanded to provide links to the current legislative instruments where you can find the occupation lists for the relevant visa programs. Additional information is also provided on changes to these lists that were implemented on 1 July 2017.

Note:

Skilled independent permanent visas (subclasses 189 and 489)

If you are applying for any of the below:

you will need to nominate an occupation that is included in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) in the relevant legislative instrument – see: section 7 of IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities

Note: This instrument also lists the Assessing Authorities that you must contact in order to obtain a skill assessment for your visa application. The assessing authority will provide all necessary application forms and associated information relating to the assessment. There will be a charge by the assessing authority for the assessment. 

Skilled nominated permanent visas (subclasses 190 and 489)

If you are applying for any of the below:

you will need to nominate an occupation that is included in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) subject to the occupation specific exclusions specified in the tables below – see section 7 and 8 of IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities.

The following five occupations included on the MLTSSL are not available for these visa programs:

OccupationANZSCO code
Electrical linesworker342211
Medical administrator134211
Pressure welder322312
Project builder133112
Telecommunications network planner313213

The following 24 occupations included on the STSOL are only available for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - State or Territory nominated visa program. They are not available for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

OccupationANZSCO code
Agricultural Technician311111
Apiarist121311
Aquaculture Farmer121111
Beef Cattle Farmer121312
Cotton Grower121211
Crop Farmers (nec)121299
Dairy Cattle Farmer121313
Flower Grower121212
Fruit or Nut Grower121213
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus) / Field Crop Grower (NZ)121214
Grape Grower121215
Horse Breeder121316
Livestock  Farmers (nec)121399
Mixed Crop & Livestock Farmer121411
Mixed Crop Farmer121216
Mixed Livestock Farmer121317
Pig Farmer121318
Poultry Farmer121321
Primary Products Inspectors (nec)311399
Production Manager (Forestry)133511
Sheep Farmer121322
Sugar Cane Grower121217
Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ)121221
Wine Maker234213

Note: This instrument also lists the Assessing Authorities that you must contact in order to obtain a skill assessment for your visa application. The assessing authority will provide all necessary application forms and associated information relating to the assessment. There will be a charge by the assessing authority for the assessment.

Employer sponsored visa programs (subclasses 457, 186 and 187)

Separate legislative instruments outline eligible occupations for the following sponsored visa programs:

Note:

  • The occupations available for the subclass 186 and 457 visa 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.
  • More occupations are available for the subclass 187, with all ANZSCO skill level 1 to 3 occupations currently available except for the Minister of Religion (ANZSCO 272211).

Other temporary visas (subclasses 485 and 407)

If you are applying for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream, you need to nominate an occupation from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) of the relevant legislative instrument – see: section 7 of IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities

If you are applying for a Training visa (subclass 407) to enhance skills in an eligible occupation, you need to nominate an occupation from the relevant legislative instrument – see: IMMI 17/071: Specification of Occupations—Subclass 407 Visa.

Changes made to the lists on 1 July 2017

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.

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 (subclasses 457 and 186)

As of 1 July 2017, caveats apply to 68 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.