MLTSSL/STSOL/RSMS Occupation List

On 19 April 2017 the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) was replaced by the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

The Skilled Occupation List is applicable to the following visa applications:

  • Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa
  • Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored (Relative) visa
  • Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa – Graduate Work stream

Visa applicants should also note the additional notes for the MLTSSL as follows:

  • There are caveats on certain occupations which exclude the use of the occupation in certain circumstances. These caveats only apply to the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457) programme:caveats are indicated via ‘*** asterisks’.
  • There are 16 occupations in this MLTSSL list which are also only available for the following visa programmes:Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)Skilled-Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) – Family nominated

    These 16 occupations are indicated via ‘** asterisks’. For further information see: legislative Instrument. That is, these 16 occupations are not available for other programmes, such as the 457 visa programme.

  • Applicants who require a skills assessment as part of their visa application must contact a relevant assessing authority directly to obtain a skill assessment. The assessing authority will provide all necessary applications forms and associated information relating to the assessment. There will be a charge by the Assessing authorities for the assessment.

On 19 April 2017 the Australian Government announced new changes to the skilled occupation lists.

Many skilled visa applications require your occupation to be on a relevant occupation list before you can apply. There are a number of occupation lists which may apply to your visa application:

Click on the relevant list to view the occupations for each list. If you need help with understanding the new occupation lists, contact Work Visa Lawyers.

On 19 April 2017 the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) was replaced with the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

200 occupations were removed from the "new CSOL".

The STSOL is applicable to the following visa applications:

  • the subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa
  • the subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored (State/Territory) visa
  • the subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa
  • the subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa
  • the subclass 407 Training visa

The following notes apply:

  • There are caveats on certain occupations which exclude the use of the occupation in certain circumstances. These caveats only apply to the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457) programme:
    • caveats are indicated via ‘*** asterisks’. For the specific wording of each caveat – see legislative Instrument.
    • a summary of Caveats on 457 occupations that apply to particular occupations is available

  • You can only nominate Minister of Religion (ANZSCO 272211) for Training visa (subclass 407).​​​​ This is indicated via an '* asterisk'.

The subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa is a permanent employer sponsored visa. For the Direct Entry stream the RSMS occupation list is important to determine if the applicant meets the visa application skills requirements. If your occupation is on the RSMS occupation list you will need to demonstrate one of the following:

  • obtain a migration skills assessment; or
  • demonstrate that you have the necessary Australian qualifications as described in ANZSCO

If you are not sure whether your occupation falls under the requirements above, speak to one of our Registered Migration Agents at Work Visa Lawyers to clarify.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The RSMS Occupation List will be replaced by the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) in July 2017, removing 200 occupations from the list.

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