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The revised 457 visa list has been announced by Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
English
By
Mosiqi Acharya

30 Jun 2017 - 12:38 PM  UPDATED 30 Jun 2017 - 5:02 PM

Australian government has updated the occupations lists for a range of temporary and permanent skilled visas, with the new lists effective from 1 July 2017.

The new list comes as a big relief to Indian professionals – be it engineers, computer professionals, education and health professionals who are large beneficiaries of the popular 457 skilled worker visa.

Indian nationals account for a quarter of 457 visa holders, the most of any nationality.

Scrapping of 457 visa led Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the concern with his Australian counterpart, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in May this year.  

The revised 457 visa occupations list has over 200 occupations ranging from health to ICT occupations and engineering to management occupations.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton in a press release stated, this ‘update will ensure the lists continue to reflect genuine skill needs in the labour market.’

As part of its reforms to skilled migration announced in April, the Government will update the lists on a six monthly basis to ensure the best outcomes for Australian workers and employers alike.

The updated lists are based on extensive consultation with industry and advice from the Department of Employment and the Department of Education and Training.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the changes to the lists protect Australian workers, while allowing employers to recruit overseas workers in occupations which are known to be in high demand and face skills shortages in the Australian labour market. 

"The Government recognises the importance of enabling Australian businesses to tap into global talent to remain internationally competitive and support a strong national science and innovation agenda," Mr Dutton said. 

"The occupation lists are designed to be dynamic. Revisions to the occupation lists are just one element of the Government's reforms strengthening the integrity of Australia's employer sponsored skilled migration programmes and raising the productivity of skilled migrants."

MANDATORY CRIMINAL CHECKS INTRODUCED

All visa applicants are now required to undergo mandatory criminal checks as part of their application.

EXEMPTION TO ENGLISH TEST REMOVED

The exemption to English language testing for subclass 457 visa applicants whose salary is over $96,400 has been removed, with the exception of employees transferring between a foreign parent company to an Australian arm of the company.

NEW ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

The table below indicates the English language requirements needed for 457 visa.

English test

Minimum band score

Minimum scores for English test components

Listening

Reading

Speaking

Writing

IELTS test

Overall band score 5.0

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

OET

-

B

B

B

B

TOEFL iBT

Total band score 36

3

3

12

12

PTE

Overall band score 36

30

30

30

30

CAE

Overall band score 154

147

147

147

147

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Workers who have a base salary of $96,400 are exempt from taking an English test.
  • Applicants who are citizens of the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand or Ireland are also exempt.

MAXIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT LOWERED & ENGLISH TEST TIGHTENED

From 1 July 2017, all permanent skilled visas will have tightened English language and lower maximum age requirements.

Additional measures will also be introduced to improve the integrity of permanent employer sponsored visas, including removal of some exemptions to mandatory skills and English language testing.

Full implementation of the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa will be complete by March 2018. The TSS visa will include increased English language requirements, stricter labour market testing and a test to ensure employers are not discriminating against Australian workers.

From March next year, employers nominating a worker for a TSS visa will be required to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund to support additional education and training for Australian workers. Employers must continue to show they are making every effort to employ and train Australians in their businesses.

457 REVISED LIST

This revised list will be effective from 1st July 2017.

The revised list is in two parts. The Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short‑term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

As of 1 July 2017, the main changes to these lists are summarised below:

  • 12 occupations have been completely removed from the lists;
  • a number of occupations have been added to the lists for certain visa programmes;
  • some additional occupations have moved between the STSOL to the MLTSSL;
  • the caveats on some occupations have been revised;  
  • caveats on occupations now apply to both the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream.

Want to migrate to Australia? 2017-18 Skilled Occupations List announced
Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have released the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) - 2017-18 effective 1st July.

Check the revised list here: 

Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List

The following table is the Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List.

 

Item

Column 1

Occupation

Column 2

ANZSCO code

Column 3

Inapplicability conditions (see section 8)

1

chief executive or managing director

111111

5

2

corporate general manager

111211

5

3

construction project manager

133111

 

4

engineering manager

133211

 

5

child care centre manager

134111

 

6

nursing clinical director

134212

 

7

primary health organisation manager

134213

 

8

welfare centre manager

134214

 

9

faculty head

134411

 

10

chief information officer

135111

 

11

environmental manager

139912

 

12

musician (instrumental)

211213

 

13

accountant (general)

221111

6, 19, 21

14

management accountant

221112

 

15

taxation accountant

221113

6

16

external auditor

221213

 

17

internal auditor

221214

 

18

actuary

224111

 

19

statistician

224113

 

20

economist

224311

 

21

land economist

224511

 

22

valuer

224512

 

23

architect

232111

 

24

landscape architect

232112

 

25

surveyor

232212

 

26

cartographer

232213

 

27

other spatial scientist

232214

 

28

chemical engineer

233111

 

29

materials engineer

233112

 

30

civil engineer

233211

 

31

geotechnical engineer

233212

 

32

quantity surveyor

233213

 

33

structural engineer

233214

 

34

transport engineer

233215

 

35

electrical engineer

233311

 

36

electronics engineer

233411

 

37

industrial engineer

233511

 

38

mechanical engineer

233512

 

39

production or plant engineer

233513

 

40

mining engineer (excluding petroleum)

233611

 

41

petroleum engineer

233612

 

42

aeronautical engineer

233911

 

43

agricultural engineer

233912

 

44

biomedical engineer

233913

 

45

engineering technologist

233914

 

46

environmental engineer

233915

 

47

naval architect

233916

 

48

engineering professionals (nec)

233999

 

49

agricultural consultant

234111

 

50

agricultural scientist

234112

 

51

forester

234113

 

52

chemist

234211

 

53

food technologist

234212

 

54

environmental consultant

234312

 

55

environmental research scientist

234313

 

56

environmental scientists (nec)

234399

 

57

geophysicist

234412

 

58

hydrogeologist

234413

 

59

life scientist (general)

234511

 

60

biochemist

234513

 

61

biotechnologist

234514

 

62

botanist

234515

 

63

marine biologist

234516

 

64

microbiologist

234517

 

65

zoologist

234518

 

66

life scientists (nec)

234599

 

67

medical laboratory scientist

234611

 

68

veterinarian

234711

 

69

conservator

234911

 

70

metallurgist

234912

 

71

meteorologist

234913

 

72

physicist

234914

 

73

natural and physical science professionals (nec)

234999

 

74

early childhood (pre‑primary school) teacher

241111

 

75

secondary school teacher

241411

 

76

special needs teacher

241511

 

77

teacher of the hearing impaired

241512

 

78

teacher of the sight impaired

241513

 

79

special education teachers (nec)

241599

 

80

university lecturer

242111

1

81

medical diagnostic radiographer

251211

 

82

medical radiation therapist

251212

 

83

nuclear medicine technologist

251213

 

84

sonographer

251214

 

85

optometrist

251411

 

86

orthotist or prosthetist

251912

 

87

chiropractor

252111

 

88

osteopath

252112

 

89

occupational therapist

252411

 

90

physiotherapist

252511

 

91

podiatrist

252611

 

92

audiologist

252711

 

93

speech pathologist

252712

 

94

general practitioner

253111

 

95

specialist physician (general medicine)

253311

 

96

cardiologist

253312

 

97

clinical haematologist

253313

 

98

medical oncologist

253314

 

99

endocrinologist

253315

 

100

gastroenterologist

253316

 

101

intensive care specialist

253317

 

102

neurologist

253318

 

103

paediatrician

253321

 

104

renal medicine specialist

253322

 

105

rheumatologist

253323

 

106

thoracic medicine specialist

253324

 

107

specialist physicians (nec)

253399

 

108

psychiatrist

253411

 

109

surgeon (general)

253511

 

110

cardiothoracic surgeon

253512

 

111

neurosurgeon

253513

 

112

orthopaedic surgeon

253514

 

113

otorhinolaryngologist

253515

 

114

paediatric surgeon

253516

 

115

plastic and reconstructive surgeon

253517

 

116

urologist

253518

 

117

vascular surgeon

253521

 

118

dermatologist

253911

 

119

emergency medicine specialist

253912

 

120

obstetrician and gynaecologist

253913

 

121

ophthalmologist

253914

 

122

pathologist

253915

 

123

diagnostic and interventional radiologist

253917

 

124

radiation oncologist

253918

 

125

medical practitioners (nec)

253999

 

126

midwife

254111

 

127

nurse practitioner

254411

 

128

registered nurse (aged care)

254412

 

129

registered nurse (child and family health)

254413

 

130

registered nurse (community health)

254414

 

131

registered nurse (critical care and emergency)

254415

 

132

registered nurse (developmental disability)

254416

 

133

registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)

254417

 

134

registered nurse (medical)

254418

 

135

registered nurse (medical practice)

254421

 

136

registered nurse (mental health)

254422

 

137

registered nurse (perioperative)

254423

 

138

registered nurse (surgical)

254424

 

139

registered nurse (paediatrics)

254425

 

140

registered nurses (nec)

254499

 

141

ICT business analyst

261111

 

142

systems analyst

261112

 

143

multimedia specialist

261211

 

144

analyst programmer

261311

 

145

developer programmer

261312

 

146

software engineer

261313

 

147

software and applications programmers (nec)

261399

 

148

ICT security specialist

262112

 

149

computer network and systems engineer

263111

 

150

telecommunications engineer

263311

 

151

telecommunications network engineer

263312

 

152

barrister

271111

 

153

solicitor

271311

 

154

clinical psychologist

272311

 

155

educational psychologist

272312

 

156

organisational psychologist

272313

 

157

psychologists (nec)

272399

 

158

social worker

272511

 

159

civil engineering draftsperson

312211

 

160

civil engineering technician

312212

 

161

electrical engineering draftsperson

312311

 

162

electrical engineering technician

312312

 

163

radio communications technician

313211

 

164

telecommunications field engineer

313212

 

165

telecommunications technical officer or technologist

313214

 

166

automotive electrician

321111

 

167

motor mechanic (general)

321211

 

168

diesel motor mechanic

321212

 

169

motorcycle mechanic

321213

 

170

small engine mechanic

321214

 

171

sheetmetal trades worker

322211

 

172

metal fabricator

322311

 

173

welder (first class)

322313

 

174

fitter (general)

323211

 

175

fitter and turner

323212

 

176

fitter‑welder

323213

 

177

metal machinist (first class)

323214

 

178

locksmith

323313

 

179

panelbeater

324111

 

180

bricklayer

331111

 

181

stonemason

331112

 

182

carpenter and joiner

331211

 

183

carpenter

331212

 

184

joiner

331213

 

185

painting trades worker

332211

 

186

glazier

333111

 

187

fibrous plasterer

333211

 

188

solid plasterer

333212

 

189

wall and floor tiler

333411

 

190

plumber (general)

334111

 

191

airconditioning and mechanical services plumber

334112

 

192

drainer

334113

 

193

gasfitter

334114

 

194

roof plumber

334115

 

195

electrician (general)

341111

 

196

electrician (special class)

341112

 

197

lift mechanic

341113

 

198

airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic

342111

 

199

technical cable jointer

342212

 

200

electronic equipment trades worker

342313

 

201

electronic instrument trades worker (general)

342314

 

202

electronic instrument trades worker (special class)

342315

 

203

chef

351311

7, 8

204

horse trainer

361112

 

205

cabinetmaker

394111

 

206

boat builder and repairer

399111

 

207

shipwright

399112

 

         

Short‑term Skilled Occupation List

The following table is the Short‑term Skilled Occupation List.

Item

Column 1

Occupation

Column 2

ANZSCO code

Column 3

Inapplicability conditions (see section 8)

1

aquaculture farmer

121111

9, 10

2

cotton grower

121211

9, 10

3

flower grower

121212

9, 10

4

fruit or nut grower

121213

9, 10

5

grain, oilseed or pasture grower (Aus) / field crop grower (NZ)

121214

9, 10

6

grape grower

121215

9, 10

7

mixed crop farmer

121216

9, 10

8

sugar cane grower

121217

9, 10

9

vegetable grower (Aus) / market gardener (NZ)

121221

9, 10

10

crop farmers (nec)

121299

9, 10

11

apiarist

121311

9, 10

12

beef cattle farmer

121312

9, 10

13

dairy cattle farmer

121313

9, 10

14

horse breeder

121316

9, 10

15

mixed livestock farmer

121317

9, 10

16

pig farmer

121318

9, 10

17

poultry farmer

121321

9, 10

18

sheep farmer

121322

9, 10

19

livestock farmers (nec)

121399

9, 10

20

mixed crop and livestock farmer

121411

9, 10

21

sales and marketing manager

131112

3, 11, 20

22

advertising manager

131113

 

23

corporate services manager

132111

4, 20, 22

24

finance manager

132211

1

25

human resource manager

132311

 

26

research and development manager

132511

 

27

manufacturer

133411

 

28

production manager (forestry)

133511

10

29

production manager (manufacturing)

133512

 

30

production manager (mining)

133513

 

31

supply and distribution manager

133611

3, 11, 19

32

health and welfare services managers (nec)

134299

 

33

school principal

134311

 

34

education managers (nec)

134499

 

35

ICT project manager

135112

1

36

ICT managers (nec)

135199

 

37

arts administrator or manager

139911

 

38

laboratory manager

139913

 

39

quality assurance manager

139914

 

40

specialist managers (nec) except:

(a) ambassador; or

(b) archbishop; or

(c) bishop

139999

 

41

cafe or restaurant manager

141111

8

42

hotel or motel manager

141311

9

43

accommodation and hospitality managers (nec)

141999

 

44

hair or beauty salon manager

142114

13, 21

45

post office manager

142115

10

46

fitness centre manager

149112

10

47

sports centre manager

149113

10

48

customer service manager

149212

2, 11, 19

49

conference and event organiser

149311

2, 19

50

transport company manager

149413

9, 19, 21

51

facilities manager

149913

14

52

dancer or choreographer

211112

 

53

music director

211212

 

54

music professionals (nec)

211299

 

55

photographer

211311

 

56

visual arts and crafts professionals (nec)

211499

 

57

artistic director

212111

 

58

book or script editor

212212

 

59

director (film, television, radio or stage)

212312

 

60

film and video editor

212314

 

61

program director (television or radio)

212315

 

62

stage manager

212316

 

63

technical director

212317

 

64

video producer

212318

 

65

copywriter

212411

 

66

newspaper or periodical editor

212412

 

67

print journalist

212413

 

68

technical writer

212415

 

69

television journalist

212416

 

70

journalists and other writers (nec)

212499

 

71

company secretary

221211

 

72

commodities trader

222111

 

73

finance broker

222112

 

74

insurance broker

222113

 

75

financial brokers (nec)

222199

 

76

financial market dealer

222211

 

77

stockbroking dealer

222213

 

78

financial dealers (nec)

222299

 

79

financial investment adviser

222311

 

80

financial investment manager

222312

 

81

recruitment consultant

223112

2, 19, 21

82

ICT trainer

223211

 

83

mathematician

224112

 

84

gallery or museum curator

224212

 

85

health information manager

224213

 

86

records manager

224214

 

87

librarian

224611

 

88

management consultant

224711

19, 21

89

organisation and methods analyst

224712

 

90

patents examiner

224914

 

91

information and organisation professionals (nec)

224999

1

92

advertising specialist

225111

1

93

marketing specialist

225113

2, 11, 19

94

ICT account manager

225211

 

95

ICT business development manager

225212

 

96

ICT sales representative

225213

 

97

public relations professional

225311

 

98

technical sales representatives (nec) including education sales representatives

225499

2, 15

99

aeroplane pilot

231111

10

100

flying instructor

231113

10

101

helicopter pilot

231114

10

102

fashion designer

232311

 

103

industrial designer

232312

 

104

jewellery designer

232313

 

105

graphic designer

232411

1

106

illustrator

232412

 

107

web designer

232414

 

108

interior designer

232511

 

109

urban and regional planner

232611

 

110

wine maker

234213

10

111

geologist

234411

 

112

primary school teacher

241213

 

113

middle school teacher (Aus) / intermediate school teacher (NZ)

241311

 

114

education adviser

249111

 

115

art teacher (private tuition)

249211

 

116

dance teacher (private tuition)

249212

 

117

music teacher (private tuition)

249214

 

118

private tutors and teachers (nec)

249299

 

119

teacher of English to speakers of other languages

249311

 

120

dietitian

251111

 

121

nutritionist

251112

 

122

occupational health and safety adviser

251312

 

123

orthoptist

251412

 

124

hospital pharmacist

251511

 

125

industrial pharmacist

251512

 

126

retail pharmacist

251513

 

127

health promotion officer

251911

 

128

health diagnostic and promotion professionals (nec)

251999

 

129

acupuncturist

252211

 

130

naturopath

252213

 

131

traditional Chinese medicine practitioner

252214

 

132

complementary health therapists (nec)

252299

 

133

dental specialist

252311

 

134

dentist

252312

 

135

resident medical officer

253112

 

136

anaesthetist

253211

 

137

nurse educator

254211

 

138

nurse researcher

254212

 

139

nurse manager

254311

 

140

web developer

261212

1

141

software tester

261314

1

142

database administrator

262111

 

143

systems administrator

262113

 

144

network administrator

263112

 

145

network analyst

263113

 

146

ICT quality assurance engineer

263211

 

147

ICT support engineer

263212

1

148

ICT systems test engineer

263213

1

149

ICT support and test engineers (nec)

263299

 

150

judicial and other legal professionals (nec)

271299

 

151

careers counsellor

272111

 

152

drug and alcohol counsellor

272112

 

153

family and marriage counsellor

272113

 

154

rehabilitation counsellor

272114

 

155

student counsellor

272115

 

156

counsellors (nec)

272199

 

157

interpreter

272412

 

158

social professionals (nec)

272499

 

159

recreation officer

272612

 

160

welfare worker

272613

 

161

agricultural technician

311111

10

162

anaesthetic technician

311211

 

163

cardiac technician

311212

 

164

medical laboratory technician

311213

 

165

pharmacy technician

311215

 

166

medical technicians (nec)

311299

 

167

meat inspector

311312

 

168

primary products inspectors (nec)

311399

10

169

chemistry technician

311411

 

170

earth science technician

311412

 

171

life science technician

311413

 

172

science technicians (nec)

311499

 

173

architectural draftsperson

312111

 

174

building associate

312112

 

175

building inspector

312113

 

176

architectural, building and surveying technicians (nec)

312199

 

177

mechanical engineering technician

312512

16

178

metallurgical or materials technician

312912

 

179

mine deputy

312913

 

180

hardware technician

313111

 

181

ICT customer support officer

313112

 

182

web administrator

313113

 

183

ICT support technicians (nec)

313199

 

184

farrier

322113

 

185

aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics)

323111

 

186

aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical)

323112

 

187

aircraft maintenance engineer (structures)

323113

 

188

textile, clothing and footwear mechanic

323215

 

189

metal fitters and machinists (nec)

323299

 

190

precision instrument maker and repairer

323314

 

191

watch and clock maker and repairer

323316

 

192

toolmaker

323412

 

193

vehicle body builder

324211

 

194

vehicle trimmer

324212

 

195

roof tiler

333311

 

196

business machine mechanic

342311

 

197

cabler (data and telecommunications)

342411

 

198

telecommunications linesworker

342413

 

199

baker

351111

17

200

pastrycook

351112

17

201

butcher or smallgoods maker

351211

 

202

cook

351411

7, 8

203

dog handler or trainer

361111

 

204

animal attendants and trainers (nec)

361199

18

205

veterinary nurse

361311

 

206

florist

362111

 

207

gardener (general)

362211

 

208

arborist

362212

 

209

landscape gardener

362213

 

210

greenkeeper

362311

 

211

hairdresser

391111

1

212

print finisher

392111

 

213

printing machinist

392311

 

214

dressmaker or tailor

393213

 

215

upholsterer

393311

 

216

furniture finisher

394211

 

217

wood machinist

394213

 

218

wood machinists and other wood trades workers (nec)

394299

 

219

chemical plant operator

399211

 

220

power generation plant operator

399213

 

221

library technician

399312

 

222

jeweller

399411

 

223

camera operator (film, television or video)

399512

 

224

make up artist

399514

 

225

sound technician

399516

 

226

performing arts technicians (nec)

399599

 

227

signwriter

399611

 

228

ambulance officer

411111

 

229

intensive care ambulance paramedic

411112

 

230

dental technician

411213

 

231

diversional therapist

411311

 

232

enrolled nurse

411411

 

233

massage therapist

411611

12

234

community worker

411711

 

235

disabilities services officer

411712

 

236

family support worker

411713

 

237

residential care officer

411715

 

238

youth worker

411716

 

239

diving instructor (open water)

452311

 

240

gymnastics coach or instructor

452312

 

241

horse riding coach or instructor

452313

 

242

snowsport instructor

452314

 

243

swimming coach or instructor

452315

 

244

tennis coach

452316

 

245

other sports coach or instructor

452317

 

246

sports development officer

452321

 

247

footballer

452411

 

248

sportspersons (nec)

452499

 

249

contract administrator

511111

1

250

program or project administrator

511112

 

251

insurance loss adjuster

599612

 

252

insurance agent

611211

 

253

retail buyer

639211

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