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If you’re thinking about a move to Australia then this is a great place to start. As of 1st July 2017 a new Skilled Occupations List took effect. The new list featuring 178 listed occupations will be in use for Australia’s immigration program in 2017/18.

This is relevant if you’re interested in applying for a visa under the General Skilled Migration program as you will need to nominate an eligible occupation (on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List or MLTSL).

If you are applying for one of the following visas, then you can nominate one of the occupations on the MLTSL.

  • Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa – for applicants not nominated by State and Territory Government (Subclass 489)
  • Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)

So is your occupation on the new list?

Here’s a quick summary of the most wanted occupations down under in 2017/18 (as published on the Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List):

1 Construction Project Manager

2 Project Builder

3 Engineering Manager

4 Child Care Centre Manager

5 Medical Administrator

6 Nursing Clinical Director

7 Primary Health Organisation Manager

8 Welfare Centre Manager

9 Accountant (General)

10 Management Accountant

11 Taxation Accountant

12 External Auditor

13 Internal Auditor

14 Actuary

15 Land Economist

16 Valuer

17 Architect

18 Landscape Architect

19 Surveyor

20 Cartographer

21 Other Spatial Scientist

22 Chemical Engineer

23 Materials Engineer

24 Civil Engineer

25 Geotechnical Engineer

26 Quantity Surveyor

27 Structural Engineer

28 Transport Engineer

29 Electrical Engineer

30 Electronics Engineer

31 Industrial Engineer

32 Mechanical Engineer

33 Production Or Plant Engineer

34 Aeronautical Engineer

35 Agricultural Engineer

36 Biomedical Engineer

37 Engineering Technologist

38 Environmental Engineer

39 Naval Architect

40 Agricultural Consultant

41 Agricultural Scientist

42 Forester

43 Medical Laboratory Scientist

44 Veterinarian

45 Physicist (Medical Physicist Only)

46 Early Childhood (Pre‑Primary School) Teacher

47 Secondary School Teacher

48 Special Needs Teacher

49 Teacher Of The Hearing Impaired

50 Teacher Of The Sight Impaired

51 Special Education Teachers (Nec)

52 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

53 Medical Radiation Therapist

54 Nuclear Medicine Technologist

55 Sonographer

56 Optometrist

57 Orthotist Or Prosthetist

58 Chiropractor

59 Osteopath

60 Occupational Therapist

61 Physiotherapist

62 Podiatrist

63 Audiologist

64 Speech Pathologist

65 General Practitioner

66 Specialist Physician (General Medicine)

67 Cardiologist

68 Clinical Haematologist

69 Medical Oncologist

70 Endocrinologist

71 Gastroenterologist

72 Intensive Care Specialist

73 Neurologist

74 Paediatrician

75 Renal Medicine Specialist

76 Rheumatologist

77 Thoracic Medicine Specialist

78 Specialist Physicians (Nec)

79 Psychiatrist

80 Surgeon (General)

81 Cardiothoracic Surgeon

82 Neurosurgeon

83 Orthopaedic Surgeon

84 Otorhinolaryngologist

85 Paediatric Surgeon

86 Plastic And Reconstructive Surgeon

87 Urologist

88 Vascular Surgeon

89 Dermatologist

90 Emergency Medicine Specialist

91 Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

92 Ophthalmologist

93 Pathologist

94 Diagnostic And Interventional Radiologist

95 Radiation Oncologist

96 Medical Practitioners (Nec)

97 Midwife

98 Nurse Practitioner

99 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

100 Registered Nurse (Child And Family Health)

101 Registered Nurse (Community Health)

102 Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)

103 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)

104 Registered Nurse (Disability And Rehabilitation)

105 Registered Nurse (Medical)

106 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

107 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

108 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

109 Registered Nurse (Surgical)

110 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)

111 Registered Nurses (Nec)

112 Ict Business Analyst

113 Systems Analyst

114 Analyst Programmer

115 Developer Programmer

116 Software Engineer

117 Ict Security Specialist

118 Computer Network And Systems Engineer

119 Telecommunications Engineer

120 Telecommunications Network Engineer

121 Barrister

122 Solicitor

123 Clinical Psychologist

124 Educational Psychologist

125 Organisational Psychologist

126 Psychologists (Nec)

127 Social Worker

128 Civil Engineering Draftsperson

129 Civil Engineering Technician

130 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

131 Electrical Engineering Technician

132 Radio Communications Technician

133 Telecommunications Field Engineer

134 Telecommunications Network Planner

135 Telecommunications Technical Officer Or Technologist

136 Automotive Electrician

137 Motor Mechanic (General)

138 Diesel Motor Mechanic

139 Motorcycle Mechanic

140 Small Engine Mechanic

141 Sheetmetal Trades Worker

142 Metal Fabricator

143 Pressure Welder

144 Welder (First Class)

145 Fitter (General)

146 Fitter And Turner

147 Fitter‑Welder

148 Metal Machinist (First Class)

149 Locksmith

150 Panelbeater

151 Bricklayer

152 Stonemason

153 Carpenter And Joiner

154 Carpenter

155 Joiner

156 Painting Trades Worker

157 Glazier

158 Fibrous Plasterer

159 Solid Plasterer

160 Wall And Floor Tiler

161 Plumber (General)

162 Airconditioning And Mechanical Services Plumber

163 Drainer

164 Gasfitter

165 Roof Plumber

166 Electrician (General)

167 Electrician (Special Class)

168 Lift Mechanic

169 Airconditioning And Refrigeration Mechanic

170 Electrical Linesworker

171 Technical Cable Jointer

172 Electronic Equipment Trades Worker

173 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)

174 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)

175 Chef

176 Cabinetmaker

177 Boat Builder And Repairer

178 Shipwright

Were you on the list?

Don’t be disheartened if your occupation is not on this list. This list only applies to particular visas as mentioned above. Visit our visa overview to see which other visas you may be able to apply for. Remember, being on the list does not guarantee your eligibility. There are numerous requirements that you will need to fulfil. But if you are on the list then you are off to a great start! If you’re not, don’t worry. There are a lot of other visa routes for you to consider. Read our visa options blog here.


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Important Note: We are not visa or migration agents. Please refer to the official Australian Government website for the latest and most detailed information about this skilled occupation list and eligibility requirements. Please note that there is a new skills list available for the 457 visa. There is also a separate skills list (Short-term Skilled Occupation List) for the following visas: Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190), Skilled Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 489 – State nominated), Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (Subclass 186), Temporary Worker Visa (Skilled – Subclass 457), and Training Visa (Subclass 407). More info to follow on the blog soon.

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