Understanding the Skilled Occupation Lists for Australian Visas 2018-2019

There are a number of select visas available for individuals who are qualified to work, or train, in an eligible skilled occupation in Australia. They must of course, also be able to meet all other requirements of each visa.

These visas include:

The approved occupations included on the Skilled Occupations List are regularly reviewed by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, to ensure that they are relevant to the needs of the Australian labour market. The latest update to this list was on 18th March 2018, which also coincided with the introduction of the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa Subclass 482, which replaced the previous Subclass 457 Visa.

There are various occupations lists, with different conditions and available occupations depending on the Visa you are applying for and your own individual circumstances:

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or
  • Regional Occupation List (ROL)

Applications will also require completing a skills assessment to prove your competency in your selected occupation. These assessments are carried out by various independent agencies, and there will be additional costs and application processes for this service.

Please check out the Combined Current List of Eligible Skilled Occupations, which also includes the relevant skills list and assessing authorities as well as any potential caveats.

Note that the Combined Current list above only included relevant Regional occupations for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa Subclass 489. For the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Visa Subclass 186 you need to refer to the Regional Occupation List (ROL).

How AMALSA can help

At AMALSA experienced team of registered migration agents can help you to assess your own individual circumstances and skills to help you properly understand the visa application process and to determine which visa would be most appropriate for you.

We can then help to guide you through the entire process, included gathering all of the required documentation and evidence as well as helping you to enrol and complete a relevant skills assessment.

To organise an initial consultation to discuss your options please either contact us or call us today at 1300 799 840.