The Australian government has released its new skilled occupation list for the coming 12 months which is dominated by trades and IT professions as well as nursing.

The Skilled Occupation List and Consolidated Skilled Occupation list for the year 2016/2017 becomes effective from 01 July and basically lists occupations for which visas will be available.

The list identifies occupations that would benefit from skilled migration for the purpose of meeting the medium to long term skill needs of the Australian economy.


For the coming 12 months the occupations most in need include motor mechanics, bricklayers, carpenters, painters, chefs, accountants, IT system analysts, developers, programmers, software engineers and programme analysts.

There is also a demand for electrical engineers and mechanical engineers and in the health section for nurses and midwives as well as surgeons and psychiatrists.

The list is assessed annually and takes advice from the Department of Education and Training which is responsible for providing information to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the SOL.

The suitability of occupations for inclusion on the SOL is assessed through a two- step process. The first step involves identifying occupations that are most susceptible to supply constraints due to the time taken to develop necessary skills and due to the cost of a shortage or the likely impact of supply side policies.

The second step involves assessing the medium to long term skill needs of the economy for each occupation identified in step one, to determine if the occupation would benefit from independent skilled migration.

In general an occupation will satisfy step two if a surplus of skilled workers is unlikely in the medium to long term. The assessment in the second step is based on a wide range of indicators in addition to stakeholder input.

Applicants must nominate an occupation from the SOL if they are applying for an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa or Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Graduate Work Stream visa.

Those who require a skills assessment as part of their visa application must contact a relevant assessing authority directly to obtain a skill assessment. The assessing authority will provide all necessary applications forms and associated information relating to the assessment.