Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

Our Role

The NSC is responsible for providing advice to Government on the skilled migration occupation lists to ensure they are responsive to skilled workforce needs across Australia. These lists underpin a range of employer-sponsored, points-tested, state-nominated and temporary training visa programs.

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the March 2020 update to the skilled migration occupation lists has been put aside. This page will be kept up to date with advice on the timeframe for the next review of these lists.

Learn more from the Department of Home Affairs.

Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

Australia’s skilled visa programs are underpinned by the following 3 lists:

  • Short-Term Skilled Occupation List
  • Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List
  • Regional Occupation List

These are regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect genuine skills needs and help businesses continue to grow if skilled Australian workers are not available.

The current skills list can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List

The NSC is also responsible for providing labour market analysis that informs the Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List (PMSOL). This list which was introduced on 2 September 2020, allows small numbers of sponsored skilled workers to enter Australia to supplement the skilled workforce needs of sectors that are critical to the recovery of the Australian economy from the COVID-19 pandemic. Information on the PMSOL is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Resources

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