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
133111Construction Project ManagerVETASSESS
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
133211Engineering ManagerEngineers Australia/AIM
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
134111Child Care Centre ManagerTRA
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
134212Nursing Clinical DirectorANMAC
134213Primary Health Organisation ManagerVETASSESS
134214Welfare Centre ManagerACWA/VETASSESS
221111Accountant (General) (See Note)On STSSL but with specific visa exclusions. Please click here for more info.CPA/ICAA/IPA
221112Management AccountantCPA/ICAA/IPA
221113Taxation AccountantCPA/ICAA/IPA
221213External AuditorCPA/ICAA/IPA
221214Internal AuditorVETASSESS
224111ActuaryVETASSESS
224511Land EconomistVETASSESS
224512ValuerVETASSESS
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
232111ArchitectAACA
232112Landscape ArchitectVETASSESS
232212SurveyorSSSI
232213CartographerVETASSESS
232214Other Spatial ScientistVETASSESS
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
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
233211Civil EngineerEngineers Australia
233212Geotechnical EngineerEngineers Australia
233213Quantity SurveyorAIQS
233214Structural EngineerEngineers Australia
233215Transport EngineerEngineers Australia
233311Electrical EngineerEngineers Australia
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
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
233512Mechanical EngineerEngineers Australia
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
233911Aeronautical EngineerEngineers Australia
233912Agricultural EngineerEngineers Australia
233913Biomedical EngineerEngineers Australia
233914Engineering TechnologistEngineers Australia
233915Environmental EngineerEngineers Australia
233916Naval ArchitectEngineers Australia
234111Agricultural ConsultantVETASSESS
234112Agricultural ScientistVETASSESS
234113ForesterVETASSESS
234611Medical Laboratory ScientistAIMS
234711VeterinarianAVBC
234914Physicist (Medical Physicist only)ACPSEM
241111Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) TeacherAITSL
241411Secondary School TeacherAITSL
241511Special Needs TeacherAITSL
241512Teacher of the Hearing ImpairedAITSL
241513Teacher of the Sight ImpairedAITSL
241599Special Education Teachers (nec)AITSL
251211Medical Diagnostic RadiographerAIR
251212Medical Radiation TherapistAIR
251213Nuclear Medicine TechnologistANZSNM
251214SonographerAIR
251411OptometristOCANZ
251912Orthotist or ProsthetistVETASSESS
252111ChiropractorCCEA
252112OsteopathANZOC
252411Occupational TherapistOTC
252511PhysiotherapistAPC
252611PodiatristAPodC/ANZPAC
252711AudiologistVETASSESS
252712Speech PathologistSPA
253111General PractitionerMedical Board of Australia
253211AnaesthetistMedical Board of Australia
253311Specialist Physician (General Medicine)Medical Board of Australia
253312CardiologistMedical Board of Australia
253313Clinical HaematologistMedical Board of Australia
253314Medical OncologistMedical Board of Australia
253315EndocrinologistMedical Board of Australia
253316GastroenterologistMedical Board of Australia
253317Intensive Care SpecialistMedical Board of Australia
253318NeurologistMedical Board of Australia
253321PaediatricianMedical Board of Australia
253322Renal Medicine SpecialistMedical Board of Australia
253323RheumatologistMedical Board of Australia
253324Thoracic Medicine SpecialistMedical Board of Australia
253399Specialist Physicians (nec)Medical Board of Australia
253411PsychiatristMedical Board of Australia
253511Surgeon (General)Medical Board of Australia
253512Cardiothoracic SurgeonMedical Board of Australia
253513NeurosurgeonMedical Board of Australia
253514Orthopaedic SurgeonMedical Board of Australia
253515OtorhinolaryngologistMedical Board of Australia
253516Paediatric SurgeonMedical Board of Australia
253517Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeonMedical Board of Australia
253518UrologistMedical Board of Australia
253521Vascular SurgeonMedical Board of Australia
253911DermatologistMedical Board of Australia
253912Emergency Medicine SpecialistMedical Board of Australia
253913Obstetrician & GynaecologistMedical Board of Australia
253914OphthalmologistMedical Board of Australia
253915PathologistMedical Board of Australia
253917Diagnostic & Interventional RadiologistMedical Board of Australia
253918Radiation OncologistMedical Board of Australia
253999Medical Practitioners (nec)Medical Board of Australia
254111MidwifeANMAC
254411Nurse PractitionerANMAC
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
254418Registered Nurse (Medical)ANMAC
254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)ANMAC
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)ANMAC
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)ANMAC
254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)ANMAC
254425Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)ANMAC
254499Registered Nurses (nec)ANMAC
261111ICT Business AnalystACS
261112Systems AnalystACS
261311Analyst ProgrammerACS
261312Developer ProgrammerACS
261313Software EngineerACS
263111Computer Network & Systems EngineerACS
263311Telecommunications EngineerEngineers Australia
263312Telecommunications Network EngineerEngineers Australia
271111BarristerSLAA
271311SolicitorSLAA
272311Clinical PsychologistAPS
272312Educational PsychologistAPS
272313Organisational PsychologistAPS
272314PsychotherapistVETASSESS
272399Psychologists (nec)APS
272511Social WorkerAASW
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
312311Electrical Engineering DraftspersonEngineers Australia
312312Electrical Engineering TechnicianTRA
313211Radio Communications TechnicianTRA
313212Telecommunications Field 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
321111Automotive ElectricianTRA
321211Motor Mechanic (General)TRA
321212Diesel Motor MechanicTRA
321213Motorcycle MechanicTRA
321214Small Engine MechanicTRA
322211Sheetmetal Trades WorkerTRA
322311Metal FabricatorTRA
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
322313Welder (First Class)TRA
323211Fitter (General)TRA
323212Fitter & TurnerTRA
323213Fitter-WelderTRA
323214Metal Machinist (First Class)TRA
323313LocksmithTRA
324111PanelbeaterTRA
331111BricklayerTRA
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
331211Carpenter & JoinerTRA
331212CarpenterTRA
331213JoinerTRA
332211Painting Trades WorkersTRA
333111GlazierTRA
333211Fibrous PlastererTRA
333212Solid PlastererTRA
333411Wall & Floor TilerTRA
334111Plumber (General)TRA
334112Airconditioning & Mechanical Services PlumberTRA
334113DrainerTRA
334114GasfitterTRA
334115Roof PlumberTRA
341111Electrician (General)TRA
341112Electrician (Special Class)TRA
341113Lift MechanicTRA
342111Airconditioning & Refrigeration MechanicTRA
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
342212Technical Cable JointerTRA
342313Electronic Equipment Trades WorkerTRA
342314Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)TRA
342315Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)TRA
351311Chef (See Note)On STSSL but with specific visa exclusions. Please click here for more info.TRA
394111CabinetmakerTRA
399111Boat Builder & RepairerTRA