Australian Skilled Occupation Lists Amended

19 Apr 2017

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection implemented unprecedented changes on the 18th of April, that are effective immediately - from 19 April 2017.

On the 18th April 2017, a day that will become known as ‘Black Tuesday,’ without notice Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, executed a legislative instrument (IMMI 17/040) that effectively abolished the subclass 457 visa, and removed 200 occupations from the Australian skilled lists.

The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has now been replaced by the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) has now been replaced by the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). The resultant changes have removed of 200 occupations from the CSOL in creating the STSOL.

The following occupations have been removed: Removed List Of Occupations 

Please be advised that if your occupation was removed that there will no longer be work, or skilled visa options available to you.

The severity and nature of these changes just go to show how volatile Australian migration is. Our advice to anyone who still qualifies (and already decided to move to Australia) is to apply now, whilst you know you have a window of opportunity.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call 01483 550914 or email us

The team from Immigration2oz