14/MAR/2019

IMPORTANT: Changes to occupation lists effective from 11 March 2019


As part of a review conducted every six months, changes were made to the occupation lists for temporary and permanent skilled visas.


They impact the types of occupations people can nominate for their work visas, as well as how long their visa validity periods are. Visas that are affected include:

  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)*
  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points-tested stream
  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  • Training visa (subclass 407)
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)
  • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work 
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

The changes only impact applications lodged on or after 11 March 2019. Applications lodged before this date and still awaiting decision will not be impacted.

Overall, certain occupations were:

  • added to the lists of eligible skilled occupations;
  • moved between the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and the Regional Occupations List (ROL); or
  • removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations.

Occupational caveats have been renamed applicable circumstances and inapplicability conditions have also been imposed on some occupations, placing specific restrictions on them.

The updated lists of eligible skilled occupations are available on the Department’s website.


Occupations added to the STSOL 

ANZSCO code

Occupation

211499

Visual arts and crafts professionals (nec)

323215

Textile, clothing and footwear mechanic

323316

Watch and clock maker and repairer

399211

Chemical plant operator

399312

Library technician


Occupations added to the MLTSSL

ANZSCO code

Occupation

313213

Telecommunications network planner

322312

Pressure welder

139912

Environmental Manager

211213

Musician (Instrumental)

224113

Statistician

224311

Economist

233611

Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)

233612

Petroleum Engineer

233999

Engineering Professionals nec

234211

Chemist

234212

Food Technologist

234312

Environmental Consultant

234313

Environmental Research Scientist

234399

Environmental Scientists nec

234412

Geophysicist

234413

Hydrogeologist

234511

Life Scientist (General)

234513

Biochemist

234514

Biotechnologist

234515

Botanist

234516

Marine Biologist

234517

Microbiologist

234518

Zoologist

234599

Life Scientists nec

234911

Conservator

234912

Metallurgist

234913

Meteorologist

234999

Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec

242111

University Lecturer

261211

Multimedia Specialist

261399

Software and Applications Programmers nec

361112

Horse Trainer

The occupation of Physicist (ANZSCO code 234914) in the MLTSSL is no longer restricted to medical physicists only.


Occupations moved from STSOL to MLTSSL

ANZSCO code

Occupation

139911

Arts administrator or manager

211112

Dancer or choreographer

211212

Music director

212111

Artistic director

452316

Tennis coach

452411

Footballer


Occupations removed from STSOL

ANZSCO code

Occupation

211499

Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals

323215

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic

323316

Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer

399211

Chemical Plant Operator

399312

Library Technician

139911

Arts Administrator or Manager

211112

Dancer or Choreographer

211212

Music Director

212111

Artistic Director

452411

Footballer

121111

Aquaculture Farmer

121211

Cotton Grower

121213

Fruit or Nut Grower

121214

Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower

121216

Mixed Crop Farmer

121217

Sugar Cane Grower

121299

Crop Farmers nec

121312

Beef Cattle Farmer

121313

Dairy Cattle Farmer

121317

Mixed Livestock Farmer

121318

Pig Farmer

121322

Sheep Farmer

121399

Livestock Farmers nec (

121411

Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer

252312

Dentist

253211

Anaesthetist

4542316

Tennis Coach


Added to Regional Occupation List

ANZSCO code

Occupation

121314

Deer farmer

121315

Goat farmer


Added to Regional Occupation List, removed from STSOL

ANZSCO code

Occupation

121111

Aquaculture farmer

121211

Cotton grower

121213

Fruit or nut grower

121214

Grain, oilseed or pasture grower (Aus) / field crop grower (NZ)

121216

Mixed crop farmer

121217

Sugar cane grower

121299

Crop farmers (nec)

121312

Beef cattle farmer

121313

Dairy cattle farmer

121317

Mixed livestock farmer

121318

Pig farmer (

121322

Sheep farmer

121399

Livestock farmers (nec)

121411

Mixed crop and livestock farmer

252312

Dentist

253211

Anaesthetist


Removed from Regional Occupation List, moved to MLTSSL

ANZSCO code

Occupation

139911

Arts administrator or manager

211112

Dancer or choreographer

211212

Music director

212111

Artistic director

452316

Tennis coach

452411

Footballer

313213

Telecommunications network planner

322312

Pressure welder


Occupations with added conditions

The following medical practitioner occupations now require a Health Workforce Certificate for the position and occupation to be presented with the nomination application:

ANZSCO code

Occupation

253111

General practitioner

253999

Medical practitioners (nec)

253112

resident medical officer


Applicability conditions added or changed

Condition 25

  • imposes a minimum salary of $120,000 pa for footballers
  • replaces Condition 23 for ship's masters and gas or petroleum operators 

Condition 26 

  • replaces Conditions 23 for recruitment consultants on the STSOL and reduces the annual salary required to $80,000
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