The Skilled Occupations lists for the 2017-18 program year have been released. This article explains how the new lists work and which occupations have been added and removed.

General Skilled Migration

From 1 July, all applicants need to be under 45 years of age, at the date of invitation. Previously, legislation was released which amended the Skilled Independent Sub class 189 visa, but it is now clear that this will also be the case for Skilled nominated subclass 190 visas and for Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visas.

New skilled occupations lists also apply for people invited on or after 1 July 2017.

Prior to 1 July, a single MLTSSL applied to both Employer Sponsored and General Skilled Programs and also a single STSOL. However six occupations have been removed from the list for Skilled Independent and family sponsored 489 visas as compared to the pre 1st July MLTSSL.Removed occupations include Sea Transport Professionals and Psychotherapists (removed entirely) and the occupations of Production Manager (Mining) and Anesthetists which are still available for State/Territory Nomination.

Thirteen occupations have been removed from the approved lists entirely – these include Senior Managers, Statisticians, Economists, Mining Engineers, Engineering Professionals NEC and Chemists.

Sixteen occupations have been added to the State/Territory Nominated list which were not previously available – these include Air Transport Professionals, ICT Support Staff, Butchers and Retail Buyers.

Employer Sponsored Visas

The 457 visa and the ENS Direct Entry Stream share the same occupations list. The list is split into MLTSSL occupations and STSOL occupations. This results in a 457 visa valid for up to 4 years, whereas the maximum duration of a 457 visa in an STSOL occupation is only 2 years.

Compared to the lists prior to 1 July, 18 occupations have been removed entirely – these include marine transport professionals, psychotherapists, medical administrators and property associate professionals.

Twenty seven occupations have been added to the approved lists including R&D Managers, life scientists, air transport professionals, ICT Support roles, butchers, Music professionals, metallurgists and horse trainers.

Twenty two occupations have been moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL including senior management positions, environmental scientists and university lecturers. 2 occupations have moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

Caveats which previously applied only to 457 visa applications will now apply to ENS Direct entry applications as well – these may specify the type of business, nature of the role or minimum salary required for approval.


In the light of the recent updations and changes announced by the migration authorities, changes to the occupations lists were expected. The good news is that more occupations have been added than removed and the Government visa fees for General Skilled migration has not been increased.

If you would like an assessment of your eligibility for General Skilled Migration and how the changes to the occupations list affect you, please call us on 080-49016425 to book a consultation with our experienced advisers.