Updated Skilled Occupation Lists

On 11 March 2019, the skilled occupation lists were updated.

The changes include standardising the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) by making thirty occupations available to all visa subclasses. These occupations were previously accessible to Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and Training visas.

Regional employers also benefit with the addition of 18 occupations to the Regional Occupation List. This recognises the particular challenges that regional areas face in recruiting skilled workers. The occupations range from farming-related occupations such as Beef Cattle Farmer and Sheep Farmer, to Anaesthetist and Dentist.

The number of eligible occupations per visa subclass is as follows:

SubclassNumber of eligible occupations
ENS visa (subclass 186)216 skilled
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)673 skilled
Skilled Independent, Skilled Regional (Provisional) Family nominated and Temporary Graduate visas
(subclasses 189, 489 and 485)
212 skilled
Skilled Regional (Provisional) State or Territory nominated visa (subclass 489)504 skilled
Skilled Nominated visa
(subclass 190)
427 skilled
TSS visa (subclass 482)508 skilled
Training visa (subclass 407)509 skilled

Following occupations is add to MLTSSL.

●Arts Administrator or Manager

●Dancer or Choreographer

●Music Director

●Artistic Director

●Tennis Coach


●Environmental Manager

●Musician (Instrumental)



●Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum

●Petroleum Engineer

●Engineering Professionals nec


●Food Technologist

●Environmental Consultant

●Environmental Research Scientist

●Environmental Scientists nec



●Life Scientist (General




●Marine Biologist



●Life Scientists nec




●Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec

●University Lecturer

●Multimedia Specialist

●Software and Applications Programmers nec

●Horse Trainer

​Addition of 18 occupations to the Regional Occupation List (ROL)

●Aquaculture Farmer

●Cotton Grower

●Fruit or Nut Grower

●Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus)/field crop grower (NZ)

●Mixed Crop Farmer

●Sugar Cane Grower

●Crop Farmers nec

●Beef Cattle Farmer

●Dairy Cattle Farmer

●Mixed Livestock Farmer

●Deer Farmer

●Goat Farmer

●Pig Farmer

●Sheep Farmer

●Livestock Farmers nec

●Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer



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