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New skilled occupation lists for the new financial year!

New skilled occupation lists for the new financial year!

Key terms: Migration Policy Changes – 1 July Changes – Subclass 189 Skilled Independent – Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa – Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa – MLTSSL – STSOL – Occupation Lists - Subclass 186 Employer Nominated Scheme - Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) - Occupation caveats

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released updates to the following skilled occupation lists:

- Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

- Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

- Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream Occupation List

- Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) Occupation List

- Training visa (subclass 407) Occupation List for Nomination eligibility type 2


In summary 12 occupations were removed from the occupation lists, namely:


Equipment Hire Manager ANZSCO code 149915

Fleet Manager ANZSCO code 149411

Picture Framer ANZSCO code 394212

Property Manager ANZSCO code 612112

Psychotherapist ANZSCO code 272314

Real Estate Agent Principal ANZSCO code 612113

Real Estate Agent ANZSCO code 612114

Real Estate Agent Representative ANZSCO code 612115

Ship’s Engineer ANZSCO code 231212

Ship’s Master ANZSCO code 231213

Ship’s Officer ANZSCO code 231214

University Tutor ANZSCO code 242112


36 new occupations were added to the subclass 186 ENS and subclass 457 visa occupation lists. Some occupations were also moved between the MLTSSL and the STSOL.

Am I affected?

If you applied for the following visas on or after 1 July 2017, you will be affected by the changes.

- Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream

- Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

- Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

- Training visa (subclass 407) - Nomination eligibility type 2 – Occupational training to enhance skills in an eligible occupation.​​​​

- Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)

- Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

If your subclass 457 visa or nomination application is still being processed by the Department on 1 July 2017, your application will not be approved. You will receive an opportunity to withdraw the application once the application is allocated to a case officer for assessment.

If your 457 visa is already approved you will not be affected unless you change your employer or occupation.

Caveats for occupations

Caveats are additional requirements specific to an occupation when applying for the:

- 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, or

- were lodged before 1 July 2017 and have not yet been decided by the Department.

A summary of the occupations and applicable caveats can be found here.

Need more information?

Contact Work Visa Lawyers to enquire more about the changes before applying for your Australian visa!


This information is accurate on 03 July 2017

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