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Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
The Department of Immigration and Border Patrol (DIBP) uses lists of skilled occupations that are in need in Australia. The two different lists - Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) - are determined by whether the particular skill shortage in the occupation is for the short term only or for the medium to long term.
Which list the occupation is found on will determine which Skilled Visa subclass you can apply for. You must get a positive skills assessment from the relevant skills assessment authority for the particular occupation.
Please note that there are different lists of occupations for the employer sponsored visas.
The occupations are generally categorised under 4 major groups: managers and administrators; professionals; associate professionals and tradespersons and related workers.
Changes to the Occupation Lists
The new Occupations
Lists has been developed based on advice from the Department of Education and
Training to provide expert and independent advice on matters relating to
Australia's current, emerging and future workforce skills and workforce
If you are applying for any of the below visas:
- Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points-tested stream
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - Family nominated
you will need to nominate an occupation that is included in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) in the relevant legislative instrument – see: section 7 of IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities
If you are applying for any of the below visas:
- Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - State or Territory nominated.
you will need to nominate an occupation that is included in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) subject to the occupation specific exclusions specified in the tables below – see section 7 and 8 of IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities.
The following five occupations included on the MLTSSL are not available for these visa programs:
Telecommunications network planner
The following 24 occupations included on the STSOL are only available for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - State or Territory nominated visa program. They are not available for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).
Beef Cattle Farmer
Crop Farmers (nec)
Dairy Cattle Farmer
Fruit or Nut Grower
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus) / Field Crop Grower (NZ)
Livestock Farmers (nec)
Mixed Crop & Livestock Farmer
Mixed Crop Farmer
Mixed Livestock Farmer
Primary Products Inspectors (nec)
Production Manager (Forestry)
Sugar Cane Grower
Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ)
The MLTSSL and
STSOL lists of occupations are supposed to deliver a General Skilled Migration
(GSM) program more tightly focused on delivering high-value nation building
skills. The new lists are focused on targeting specialised occupations that
require a long lead time of formal education and training.
The MLTSSL and STSOL occupation lists are reviewed at least annually.
The current occupation lists commenced on 1 July 2017.
Over the years we have helped many people from all over the world realise their dream of a new life in Australia.
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Due to industry regulations, in order to be able to provide you with migration advice and assistance you must first become a client. If you are serious about General Skilled Migration it is worthwhile having a professional assessment by a Registered Migration Agent.
Please contact us so that a Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent can analyse your profile, determine your eligibility and if eligible advise you further on how to secure an Australian General Skilled Migration visa.
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