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Lawyers & Registered Migration Agents

We are experienced Solicitors and Registered Migration Agents with a proven track record. We offer personalised service with a reasonable fee structure.

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Occupation Lists

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 development needs.

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:



Electrical linesworker


Medical administrator


Pressure welder


Project builder


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).



Agricultural Technician




Aquaculture Farmer


Beef Cattle Farmer


Cotton Grower


Crop Farmers (nec)


Dairy Cattle Farmer


Flower Grower


Fruit or Nut Grower


Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus) / Field Crop Grower (NZ)


Grape Grower


Horse Breeder


Livestock Farmers (nec)


Mixed Crop & Livestock Farmer


Mixed Crop Farmer


Mixed Livestock Farmer


Pig Farmer


Poultry Farmer


Primary Products Inspectors (nec)


Production Manager (Forestry)


Sheep Farmer


Sugar Cane Grower


Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ)


Wine Maker


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.

Success Stories

Over the years we have helped many people from all over the world realise their dream of a new life in Australia.

Please see the Testimonial Section of the website and see for yourself.

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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In the past 2 years I have been assisted from Andre and his team to make possible the almost impossible - get my permanent residency through the Skilled Nominated 190 Visa! This was not an easy task,but thanks to My Australian Visa's professional advises, I have been able to find the right path and ...

Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa

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Terence - Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visa

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Dorian - Subclass 457 Visa - Onshore Application

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Alison - Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa - Applicant Offshore - Skills Assessed, EOI, Visa Application

Dear Andre, Teresa & Team at, Andre was recommended to us by a previous client of his who was very complimentary of the service he had received. We organised to meet with Andre and straight after our first meeting we felt absolutely confident that we would be well taken care of ...

Vincent - Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa

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Max - Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 Visa

Thank you so much for helping me to get through Visa Processing. Your advice was always helpful for me while I was preparing the documents. Finally I got a Temporary Skilled 457 visa for 4 years without any problems. You are: - Professional - Friendly - Knowledgeable - Amazing I would like to ...

Ryan - Subclass 457 Visa