Occupations might be considered for a wide variety of visa subclasses within the skilled migration programme. In choosing the best pathway you will need to consider the following:
Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
You must nominate an occupation from the SOL if you are seeking to apply for a:
- Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)—permanent
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)—eligible relative sponsorship
- Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)—Graduate Work Stream.
Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)
You must nominate an occupation from the CSOL if you are seeking to obtain nomination from a state or territory Government or eligible business for a:
- Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa (Direct Entry Stream)
- Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
- Training and Research visa (subclass 402)
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa(subclass 489)—state/ territory nominated.
Many visa subclasses require that you provide evidence that your skills have been assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority. The criteria by which as assessing authority undertakes different types of skills assessments is determined by the assessing authority in accordance with relevant professional standards. A skills assessment is only valid until the expiry date specified on the assessment, or for a period of three years from the assessment’s date of issue, whichever occurs first.
Mandatory licensing and registration requirements may apply to your occupation. Further information on these requirements are prescribed under each occupation heading within this website.
In many occupations you must be registered with, or obtain a license from, a local authority in the state or territory where you want to practice your occupation. Contact your relevant state or territory to enquire about licensing or registration requirements.
You might benefit from becoming a member of a relevant industry association for your occupation. This could help you with your employment prospects, networking, contact with industry and professional development and might provide you with important information and support.
Find a visa might help you find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances. Find a visa does not list every type of visa or recommend which visa is appropriate for you.