On 11th March 2019, the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) released a number of additions and changes to its Skilled Occupation list line up. It’s a welcome announcement for skilled professionals hoping to secure an Australian visa, opening up some entirely new avenues and expanding on others.

From this Monday, 216 skilled occupations in total are now eligible for the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) whilst 508 skilled occupations are now eligible for Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482). See below for a breakdown of the new additions to the MLTSSL & STSOL lists.

Another ‘win’ for sponsoring businesses can be seen in the modified visa conditions for the profession of ‘recruitment consultant’. A previously held caveat was an annual minimum salary of $90,000 which has now been reduced to a more viable annual minimum salary of $80,000.

Further to newly created positions on the list for professions such as University Lecturer and Environmental Manager, there has also been movement of certain skills from the STSOL over to the MLTSSL, thereby improving the pathway to permanent residency for those relevant professionals.


Added to MLTSSL (Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List)

  • Telecommunications network planner (ANZSCO code 313213)
  • Pressure welder (ANZSCO code 322312)
  • Environmental Manager (ANZSCO code 139912)
  • Musician (Instrumental) (ANZSCO code 211213)
  • Statistician (ANZSCO code 224113)
  • Economist (ANZSCO code 224311)
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO code 233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO code 233612)
  • Engineering Professionals nec (ANZSCO code 233999)
  • Chemist (ANZSCO code 234211)
  • Food Technologist (ANZSCO code 234212)
  • Environmental Consultant (ANZSCO code 234312)
  • Environmental Research Scientist (ANZSCO code 234313)
  • Environmental Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234399)
  • Geophysicist (ANZSCO code 234412)
  • Hydrogeologist (ANZSCO code 234413)
  • Life Scientist (General) (ANZSCO code 234511)
  • Biochemist (ANZSCO code 234513)
  • Biotechnologist (ANZSCO code 234514)
  • Botanist (ANZSCO code 234515)
  • Marine Biologist (ANZSCO code 234516)
  • Microbiologist (ANZSCO code 234517)
  • Zoologist (ANZSCO code 234518)
  • Life Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234599)
  • Conservator (ANZSCO code 234911)
  • Metallurgist (ANZSCO code 234912)
  • Meteorologist (ANZSCO code 234913)
  • Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec (ANZSCO code 234999)
  • University Lecturer (ANZSCO code 242111)
  • Multimedia Specialist (ANZSCO code 261211)
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec (ANZSCO code 261399)
  • Horse Trainer (ANZSCO code 361112)
  • Physicist – no longer restricted to medical physicist


Added to STSOL (Short Term Skilled Occupation List)

  • Visual arts and crafts professionals (nec) (ANZSCO code 211499)
  • Textile, clothing and footwear mechanic (ANZSCO code 323215)
  • Watch and clock maker and repairer (ANZSCO code 323316)
  • Chemical plant operator (ANZSCO code 399211)
  • Library technician (ANZSCO code 399312)