If you are applying for any of the following Australian visas, your occupation must be listed on the MLTSSL.

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visas
  • Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visas (Graduate Work Stream)
  • Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visas (Family Sponsored)

What is the difference between the old Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and the new Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

The MLTSSL list continues to be a list of occupations in high demand just as it was when it was called the SOL. On April 19, 2017 the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection put further restriction to 16 eligible occupations. These 16 occupations are listed in the table below along with the visa restrictions.

Most of the occupations on the MLTSSL are also on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) which is used for state nomination (such as the 190 subclass visa) and employer sponsored visas (such as the 457 and 186 subclass visas). Where the occupation is not listed on the STSOL I have made a note below. If the occupation is not also listed on the STSOL, this means only the visas listed above are available for visa applicants.

Does that make sense?

Ok, so let’s say your occupation is Construction Project Manager and it is listed on both the STSOL and on the MLTSSL. There are no further restrictions listed for this occupation. This means that someone with this occupation is eligible for visas 189, 485, 489 plus sponsored visas 190, 457 and 186.

What does the MLTSSL have to do with the 457 visa subclass?

  • 457 visas issued after April 19, 2017 for occupations that are on the MLTSSL will continue to be issued for a maximum duration of four years.
  • All 457 visa applications that are approved after April 19, 2017 and have occupations on the MLTSSL will be able to renew their visa for another four years and apply for permanent residence after three years.

How does the MLTSSL apply to the new Temporary Skills Shortage Visa?

Ok, first off the new Temporary Skills Shortage Visa will not take effect until March 2018 but here are the broad strokes of what to expect.

If your occupation is listed on the MLTSSL then you are eligible to apply for a four years visa, as I mentioned above given you pass the requirement for visa applicants to have at least two years’ work experience in their skilled occupation. Also you can renew your visa onshore whereas those with occupations on the STSOL can only renew their two year visa once. Those with an occupation on the MLTSSL that are approved for a valid visa, are able to apply for a permanent residence pathway after three years.

Occupations on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

There are 182 occupations listed below. Use the search option to find your occupation quickly and save yourself clicking through all the occupations. Also try sorting the columns by clicking on the arrows next to the column title.

At the bottom of the table, click NEXT to see the next 10 entries or change the number of entries from the drop down menu below.

MOBILE USERS: The table will swipe left and right so you can see the other columns of the table. But, again, the search is the easiest way to find your occupation.

ANZSCOOccupationNot On STSOLSpecial NotesAssessing Authority
221111Accountant (General) (See Note)On STSSL but with specific visa exclusions. Please click here for more info.CPA/ICAA/IPA
224111ActuaryVETASSESS
233911Aeronautical EngineerEngineers Australia
234111Agricultural ConsultantVETASSESS
233912Agricultural EngineerEngineers Australia
234112Agricultural ScientistVETASSESS
334112Airconditioning & Mechanical Services PlumberTRA
342111Airconditioning & Refrigeration MechanicTRA
253211AnaesthetistMedical Board of Australia
261311Analyst ProgrammerACS
232111ArchitectAACA
252711AudiologistVETASSESS
321111Automotive ElectricianTRA
271111BarristerSLAA
233913Biomedical EngineerEngineers Australia
399111Boat Builder & RepairerTRA
331111BricklayerTRA
394111CabinetmakerTRA
253312CardiologistMedical Board of Australia
253512Cardiothoracic SurgeonMedical Board of Australia
331212CarpenterTRA
331211Carpenter & JoinerTRA
232213CartographerVETASSESS
351311Chef (See Note)* Excludes positions involved in mass production in a factory setting.
* Excludes positions in a limited service restaurant. A limited service restaurant includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • fast food or takeaway food services

  • fast casual restaurants

  • drinking establishments that offer only a limited food service

  • limited service cafes including, but not limited to, coffee shops or mall cafes

  • limited service pizza restaurants.
TRA
233111Chemical Engineer (See Note)Not on STSOL• subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
Engineers Australia
134111Child Care Centre ManagerTRA
252111ChiropractorCCEA
233211Civil EngineerEngineers Australia
312211Civil Engineering DraftspersonEngineers Australia/ VETASSESS
312212Civil Engineering Technician (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
VETASSESS
253313Clinical HaematologistMedical Board of Australia
272311Clinical PsychologistAPS
263111Computer Network & Systems EngineerACS
133111Construction Project ManagerVETASSESS
253911DermatologistMedical Board of Australia
261312Developer ProgrammerACS
253917Diagnostic & Interventional RadiologistMedical Board of Australia
321212Diesel Motor MechanicTRA
334113DrainerTRA
241111Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) TeacherAITSL
272312Educational PsychologistAPS
233311Electrical EngineerEngineers Australia
312311Electrical Engineering DraftspersonEngineers Australia
312312Electrical Engineering TechnicianTRA
342211Electrical Linesworker (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
TRA
341111Electrician (General)TRA
341112Electrician (Special Class)TRA
342313Electronic Equipment Trades WorkerTRA
342314Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)TRA
342315Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)TRA
233411Electronics Engineer (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
Engineers Australia
253912Emergency Medicine SpecialistMedical Board of Australia
253315EndocrinologistMedical Board of Australia
133211Engineering ManagerEngineers Australia/AIM
233914Engineering TechnologistEngineers Australia
233915Environmental EngineerEngineers Australia
221213External AuditorCPA/ICAA/IPA
333211Fibrous PlastererTRA
323212Fitter & TurnerTRA
323211Fitter (General)TRA
323213Fitter-WelderTRA
234113ForesterVETASSESS
334114GasfitterTRA
253316GastroenterologistMedical Board of Australia
253111General PractitionerMedical Board of Australia
233212Geotechnical EngineerEngineers Australia
333111GlazierTRA
261111ICT Business AnalystACS
233511Industrial Engineer (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
Engineers Australia
253317Intensive Care SpecialistMedical Board of Australia
221214Internal AuditorVETASSESS
331213JoinerTRA
224511Land EconomistVETASSESS
232112Landscape ArchitectVETASSESS
341113Lift MechanicTRA
323313LocksmithTRA
221112Management AccountantCPA/ICAA/IPA
233112Materials Engineer (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
Engineers Australia
233512Mechanical EngineerEngineers Australia
134211Medical Administrator (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
VETASSESS
251211Medical Diagnostic RadiographerAIR
234611Medical Laboratory ScientistAIMS
253314Medical OncologistMedical Board of Australia
253999Medical Practitioners (nec)Medical Board of Australia
251212Medical Radiation TherapistAIR
322311Metal FabricatorTRA
323214Metal Machinist (First Class)TRA
254111MidwifeANMAC
321211Motor Mechanic (General)TRA
321213Motorcycle MechanicTRA
233916Naval ArchitectEngineers Australia
253318NeurologistMedical Board of Australia
253513NeurosurgeonMedical Board of Australia
251213Nuclear Medicine TechnologistANZSNM
254411Nurse PractitionerANMAC
134212Nursing Clinical DirectorANMAC
253913Obstetrician & GynaecologistMedical Board of Australia
252411Occupational TherapistOTC
253914OphthalmologistMedical Board of Australia
251411OptometristOCANZ
272313Organisational PsychologistAPS
253514Orthopaedic SurgeonMedical Board of Australia
251912Orthotist or ProsthetistVETASSESS
252112OsteopathANZOC
232214Other Spatial ScientistVETASSESS
253515OtorhinolaryngologistMedical Board of Australia
253516Paediatric SurgeonMedical Board of Australia
253321PaediatricianMedical Board of Australia
332211Painting Trades WorkersTRA
324111PanelbeaterTRA
253915PathologistMedical Board of Australia
234914Physicist (Medical Physicist only)ACPSEM
252511PhysiotherapistAPC
253517Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeonMedical Board of Australia
334111Plumber (General)TRA
252611PodiatristAPodC/ANZPAC
322312Pressure Welder (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
TRA
134213Primary Health Organisation ManagerVETASSESS
133513Production Manager (Mining) (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
VETASSESS
233513Production or Plant Engineer (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
Engineers Australia
133112Project Builder (See Note)Not on STSOL
  •  subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY

  •   subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY

  •   subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
VETASSESS
253411PsychiatristMedical Board of Australia
272399Psychologists (nec)APS
272314PsychotherapistVETASSESS
233213Quantity SurveyorAIQS
253918Radiation OncologistMedical Board of Australia
313211Radio Communications TechnicianTRA
254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)ANMAC
254413Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)ANMAC
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)ANMAC
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)ANMAC
254416Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)ANMAC
254417Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)ANMAC
254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)ANMAC
254418Registered Nurse (Medical)ANMAC
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)ANMAC
254425Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)ANMAC
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)ANMAC
254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)ANMAC
254499Registered Nurses (nec)ANMAC
253322Renal Medicine SpecialistMedical Board of Australia
253323RheumatologistMedical Board of Australia
334115Roof PlumberTRA
241411Secondary School TeacherAITSL
322211Sheetmetal Trades WorkerTRA
231212Ship's Engineer (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
AMSA
231213Ship's Master (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
AMSA
231214Ship's Officer (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
AMSA
321214Small Engine MechanicTRA
272511Social WorkerAASW
261313Software EngineerACS
271311SolicitorSLAA
333212Solid PlastererTRA
251214SonographerAIR
241599Special Education Teachers (nec)AITSL
241511Special Needs TeacherAITSL
253311Specialist Physician (General Medicine)Medical Board of Australia
253399Specialist Physicians (nec)Medical Board of Australia
252712Speech PathologistSPA
331112Stonemason (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
TRA
233214Structural EngineerEngineers Australia
253511Surgeon (General)Medical Board of Australia
232212SurveyorSSSI
261112Systems AnalystACS
221113Taxation AccountantCPA/ICAA/IPA
241512Teacher of the Hearing ImpairedAITSL
241513Teacher of the Sight ImpairedAITSL
342212Technical Cable JointerTRA
263311Telecommunications EngineerEngineers Australia
313212Telecommunications Field EngineerEngineers Australia
263312Telecommunications Network EngineerEngineers Australia
313213Telecommunications Network Planner (See Note)Not on STSOL· subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa ONLY
·  subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa ONLY
·  subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) ONLY, if the applicant is not nominated by a State or Territory government agency.
Engineers Australia
313214Telecommunications Technical Officer or TechnologistEngineers Australia
253324Thoracic Medicine SpecialistMedical Board of Australia
233215Transport EngineerEngineers Australia
253518UrologistMedical Board of Australia
224512ValuerVETASSESS
253521Vascular SurgeonMedical Board of Australia
234711VeterinarianAVBC
333411Wall & Floor TilerTRA
322313Welder (First Class)TRA
134214Welfare Centre ManagerACWA/VETASSESS