[Updated for 5th March 2019 changes – see summary of changes below the table]

If you are looking to migrate to Australia via the Australia skilled migration pathway, then depending on the visa you are applying for, you would need your occupation to fall under one of two lists.

Formerly know as the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL), they have now been revised and updated into the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

I encourage you to refer to the actual lists on the Federal Register of Legislation website as there may be changed to them by the time you read this article.

The format the lists are in, although easily understood by migration agents, legal professionals and the like, can be a bit confusing so we have simplified them.

If you think you have an occupation on the list below, please contact us as you may be eligible for an Australian skilled migrant visa.

ItemOccupationANZSCO code
1flower grower121212
2grape grower121215
3vegetable grower (Aus)/market gardener (NZ)121221
5poultry farmer121321
6sales and marketing manager131112
7advertising manager131113
8corporate services manager132111
9finance manager132211
10human resource manager132311
11research and development manager132511
13production manager (forestry)133511
14production manager (manufacturing)133512
15production manager (mining)133513
16supply and distribution manager133611
17health and welfare services managers (nec)134299
18school principal134311
19education managers (nec)134499
20ICT project manager135112
21ICT managers (nec)135199
22laboratory manager139913
23quality assurance manager139914
24specialist managers (nec) except:139999
(a) ambassador; or
(b) archbishop; or
(c) bishop
25cafe or restaurant manager141111
26hotel or motel manager141311
27accommodation and hospitality managers (nec)141999
28customer service manager149212
29conference and event organiser149311
30transport company manager149413
31facilities manager149913
32music professionals (nec)211299
34book or script editor212212
35director (film, television, radio or stage)212312
36film and video editor212314
37program director (television or radio)212315
38stage manager212316
39technical director212317
40video producer212318
42newspaper or periodical editor212412
43print journalist212413
44technical writer212415
45television journalist212416
46journalists and other writers (nec)212499
47company secretary221211
48commodities trader222111
49finance broker222112
50insurance broker222113
51financial brokers (nec)222199
52financial market dealer222211
53stockbroking dealer222213
54financial dealers (nec)222299
55financial investment adviser222311
56financial investment manager222312
57recruitment consultant223112
58ICT trainer223211
60gallery or museum curator224212
61health information manager224213
62records manager224214
64organisation and methods analyst224712
65patents examiner224914
66information and organisation professionals (nec)224999
67advertising specialist225111
68marketing specialist225113
69ICT account manager225211
70ICT business development manager225212
71ICT sales representative225213
72public relations professional225311
73technical sales representatives (nec) including education sales representatives225499
74fashion designer232311
75industrial designer232312
76jewellery designer232313
77graphic designer232411
79web designer232414
80interior designer232511
81urban and regional planner232611
83primary school teacher241213
84middle school teacher (Aus) / intermediate school teacher (NZ)241311
85education adviser249111
86art teacher (private tuition)249211
87dance teacher (private tuition)249212
88music teacher (private tuition)249214
89private tutors and teachers (nec)249299
90teacher of English to speakers of other languages249311
93occupational health and safety adviser251312
95hospital pharmacist251511
96industrial pharmacist251512
97retail pharmacist251513
98health promotion officer251911
99health diagnostic and promotion professionals (nec)251999
102traditional Chinese medicine practitioner252214
103complementary health therapists (nec)252299
104dental specialist252311
105resident medical officer253112
106nurse educator254211
107nurse researcher254212
108nurse manager254311
109web developer261212
110software tester261314
111database administrator262111
112systems administrator262113
113network administrator263112
114network analyst263113
115ICT quality assurance engineer263211
116ICT support engineer263212
117ICT systems test engineer263213
118ICT support and test engineers (nec)263299
119judicial and other legal professionals (nec)271299
120careers counsellor272111
121drug and alcohol counsellor272112
122family and marriage counsellor272113
123rehabilitation counsellor272114
124student counsellor272115
125counsellors (nec)272199
128social professionals (nec)272499
129recreation officer272612
130welfare worker272613
131anaesthetic technician311211
132cardiac technician311212
133medical laboratory technician311213
134pharmacy technician311215
135medical technicians (nec)311299
136meat inspector311312
137primary products inspectors (nec)311399
138chemistry technician311411
139earth science technician311412
140life science technician311413
141science technicians (nec)311499
142architectural draftsperson312111
143building inspector312113
144architectural, building and surveying technicians (nec)312199
145mechanical engineering technician312512
146metallurgical or materials technician312912
147mine deputy312913
148hardware technician313111
149ICT customer support officer313112
150web administrator313113
151ICT support technicians (nec)313199
153aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics)323111
154aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical)323112
155aircraft maintenance engineer (structures)323113
156metal fitters and machinists (nec)323299
157precision instrument maker and repairer323314
159vehicle body builder324211
160vehicle trimmer324212
161roof tiler333311
162business machine mechanic342311
163cabler (data and telecommunications)342411
164telecommunications linesworker342413
167butcher or smallgoods maker351211
169dog handler or trainer361111
170animal attendants and trainers (nec)361199
171veterinary nurse361311
173gardener (general)362211
175landscape gardener362213
178print finisher392111
179printing machinist392311
180dressmaker or tailor393213
182furniture finisher394211
183wood machinist394213
184wood machinists and other wood trades workers (nec)394299
185power generation plant operator399213
187camera operator (film, television or video)399512
188make up artist399514
189sound technician399516
190performing arts technicians (nec)399599
192ambulance officer411111
193intensive care ambulance paramedic411112
194dental technician411213
195diversional therapist411311
196enrolled nurse411411
197massage therapist411611
198community worker411711
199disabilities services officer411712
200family support worker411713
201residential care officer411715
202youth worker411716
203diving instructor (open water)452311
204gymnastics coach or instructor452312
205horse riding coach or instructor452313
206snowsport instructor452314
207swimming coach or instructor452315
208other sports coach or instructor452317
209sports development officer452321
210sportspersons (nec)452499
211contract administrator511111
212program or project administrator511112
213insurance loss adjuster599612
214insurance agent611211
215retail buyer639211

Summary of changes to the STSOL – following occupations were removed:

  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals (ANZSCO code 211499)
  • Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic (ANZSCO code 323215)
  • Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer (ANZSCO code 323316)
  • Chemical Plant Operator (ANZSCO code 399211)
  • Library Technician (ANZSCO code 399312)
  • Arts Administrator or Manager (ANZSCO code 139911)
  • Dancer or Choreographer (ANZSCO code 211112)
  • Music Director (ANZSCO code 211212)
  • Artistic Director (ANZSCO code 212111)
  • Footballer (ANZSCO code 452411)
  • Aquaculture Farmer (ANZSCO code 121111)
  • Cotton Grower (ANZSCO code 121211)
  • Fruit or Nut Grower (ANZSCO code 121213)
  • Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (ANZSCO code 121214)
  • Mixed Crop Farmer (ANZSCO code 121216)
  • Sugar Cane Grower (ANZSCO code 121217)
  • Crop Farmers nec (ANZSCO code 121299)
  • Beef Cattle Farmer (ANZSCO code 121312)
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer (ANZSCO code 121313)
  • Mixed Livestock Farmer (ANZSCO code 121317)
  • Pig Farmer (ANZSCO code 121318)
  • Sheep Farmer (ANZSCO code 121322)
  • Livestock Farmers nec (ANZSCO code 121399)
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer (ANZSCO code 121411)
  • Dentist (ANZSCO code 252312)
  • Anaesthetist (ANZSCO code 253211)
  • Tennis Coach (ANZSCO code 4542316)

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