Migrate to Australia: Updated Skilled Occupation List effective from 1st July 2017

The long awaited news is out. Australian Government Department of Home Affairs has released the updated occupations lists applicable for various temporary and permanent skilled visas as effective from 1st July 2017.

As announced in April by the Turnbull government, the occupation list will be updated every six months to reflect the skills that are actually needed in the labour market.

The Australian government has worked closely with the Department of Employment and the Department of Education and Training along with extensive research and consultation with the industry to update occupations on the list.

The following General Skilled Migration Visas will have to refer to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL):


  • Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent Visa)
  • Subclass 489 (Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa) – the ones who do not have state nomination or territory government agency nomination
  • Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate visa)

The following General Skilled Migration Visas will have to refer to the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL):


  • Subclass 190 (Skilled—Nominated Visa)
  • Subclass 489 (Skilled—Regional (Provisional) visa)

Queensland, South Australia, and Canberra have also published the separate list providing the open occupations that the aspiring applicants can refer to apply for skilled visas. Additionally, there are various changes introduced related to the age, English language requirements and criminal checks concerning different visa subclasses. You can read the updates in our next blog where we have mentioned the significant changes that were brought into effect 1st July and are anticipated by the Department of Home Affairs.

At Aussizz Group, our immigration consultants carefully monitor the changes and take care how it affects the applicants. We have an extensive experience to assist thousands of clients with the migration visa applications. Consider getting your profile assessed with us to know the best options for you. A minor discrepancy can cost refusal of the visa; a chance you would want to avoid. 

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