The Australia Department of Home Affairs Occupations Lists are called the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MTLSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and includes a set of skilled occupations determined by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Home Affairs (formerly DIBP).

The Regional Occupation List (ROL) includes a set of skilled occupations determined by the Department of Employment (DoE) and the Department of Home Affairs. Along with the MLTSSL, the ROL defines the occupations available for sponsorship on a Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS Visa)

In addition, the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) identifies 18 occupations which fill critical skills needs to support Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The list is based on expert advice from the National Skills Commission and consultation with Commonwealth departments.

Employer sponsored nomination and visa applications with an occupation on the PMSOL will be given priority processing.  All other skilled occupation lists will remain active, but the PMSOL occupations will take priority.

STOL and MLTSSL are the Australia’s occupational demand list in which certain occupations are listed under Australia’s permanent and temporary skilled visa programs which makes a potential applicant eligible to apply for Australia PR.

Persons wishing to apply for any of the General Skilled Migration or Employer Nominated  visas must nominate a skilled occupation on the MLTSSL or STSOL, before they can apply.

The Skilled Occupations List is specified by legislative instrument and consists of a range of skilled professions and trades.

MLTSSL is the occupational demand list which is in high demand across various states and territories of Australia. Thus, if you want to apply for an Australia Independent visa (subclass 189) or Australia Regional Provisional visa (Subclass 491) your occupation must fall under this category. If eligible, you can live and work anywhere in Australia on a permanent basis.

Short Term Skill Occupation List (STSOL) is the occupational demand list however, in general,  occupations in this list do not have a pathway to permanent residence.

If you are unsure of which list your occupation is on, and therefore which visa may be best for you based on your occupation and skills please contact us at Keystone Visa and Migration Services via enquiry@keystonevisa.com.au.