Emigrate to Australia Skills List

18.09.2017

Emigrate to Australia Skills List

If you’re thinking about moving to Australia on a Permanent Skilled Visa, that’s the 189 and 190 visa subclasses you’re going to have to satisfy some key criteria before you can even think about undertaking a skills assessment and formal application with the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The very first thing to do is make sure you have an occupation that’s on an emigrate to Australia skills list. It can be daunting to match your specific occupation to the emigrate to Australia skills list so if you’re in any doubt or would like to take advantage of our free consultation feel free to take our online visa assessment.

Obviously just having an occupation on an emigrate to Australia skills list isn’t enough in itself, you’ll still need:

To score 60 points on the Australian Points System for immigration
If you’re an Accountant you may need slightly more points
Be aged under 45 on the date you’re called forward for your visa. Remember that the whole process can take anything up to two years and you’ll need to be aged under 45 at the very last stage in the project to be eligible
Have competent English i.e. demonstrate this by taking IELTS or similar
Be in sound medical condition
Have a (relatively) clean criminal background. If you do have any concerns here please do take our online visa assessment so we can better gauge your individual chances of being able to emigrate to Australia.
Have a positive Skills Assessment before submitting an expression of interest for Permanent Residency

Some occupations on the emigrate to Australia skills list are easy to place and identify, such as:
Plumbers Wanted in Australia
Emigrating to Australia as a Nurse
Bricklayer Australia
Welder Australia
Immigrating to Australia as an Electrician
Emigrating to Australia as a Teacher
Paramedics Australia
Carpenter Australia

However, some will be more ambiguous and we’ll need to dig into these in a little more detail.

Take our free online visa assessment today

Is it just one emigrate to Australia skills list?
This is an interesting one because here it gets tricky. The answer is yes as far as the 189 visa is concerned. The 189 Permanent Residency Visa is the top tier PR visa for Australia and allows you to:

Live and work in Australia without restriction
Take your immediate family with you because they also get PR automatically
Enter and leave at will with no need for any more Australia visas
Access Medicare and education
Access financial services at the same rates as Australian Citizens
Sponsor other family members to Australia after two years
Eventually apply for Dual Nationality and Citizenship

The 189 emigrate to Australia skills list is called the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List, feel free to search for your occupation below

Full 189 visa emigrate to Australia skills list:

If your occupation is on the above emigrate to Australia skills list then great, we’ll need to start now examining your potential points score in more detail alongside your employment history and formal qualifications

Take our online visa assessment today for more details

If you only have 55 points at this stage you’ll need to emigrate to Australia on a 190 visa. All occupations on the main emigrate to Australia skills list are on the 190 list by default and with your application for a 190 visa you’ll be awarded a further 5 points automatically, effectively bringing your total score up to 60.

If you don’t have an occupation on the above list then you’ll need to identify your occupation on the 190 list, the most up to date version of which can be searched here:

Emigrate to Australia skills list for the 190 visa
If you’re on the 190 emigrate to Australia skills list here’s where it gets even more complicated (if that’s possible!). Remember above when we noted the 190 permanent residency visa is done on a State by State basis instead of the National level? Well, this means the individual States and Territories have their own unique emigrate to Australia skills lists. Therefore, just because your occupation appears on the 190 skills list it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re on a (new) home run just yet.

Many of the individual states and territories have their own specific caveats over above the 60 point immigration checklist. Western Australia for example recently slashed their state specific emigrate to Australia skills list from 178 occupations to a measly 18.

So, even though you have an occupation match against the 190 emigrate to Australia skills list we’ll need to dig further to identify which particular Australian States are sponsoring the occupation code and, crucially, what are the additional caveats imposed by theses Sponsoring States and Territories.

Western Australia Emigrate to Australia Skills List

As we’ve already mentioned, the Western Australia emigrate to Australia skills list was slashed from 178 occupations to just 18.

Occupation CodeSkilled occupationAssessing authorityStatus
251214SonographerASMIRTAvailable
251412OrthoptistVETASSESSAvailable
252711AudiologistVETASSESSAvailable
253111General PractitionerMedical Board of AustraliaAvailable
253316GastroenterologistMedical Board of AustraliaAvailable
253323RheumatologistMedical Board of AustraliaAvailable
253411PsychiatristMedical Board of AustraliaAvailable
253513NeurosurgeonMedical Board of AustraliaAvailable
253515OtorhinolaryngologistMedical Board of AustraliaAvailable
253521Vascular SurgeonMedical Board of AustraliaAvailable
?253913?Obstetrician and GynaecologistMedical Board of AustraliaAvailable
2539?18Radiation OncologistMedical Board of AustraliaAvailable
254111Midwife?ANMACAvailable
254413Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)??ANMAC?Available
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)??ANMAC?Available
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)??ANMAC?Available
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Heal?th)??ANMAC?Available
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)ANMAC?Available

Are there any other criteria laid down by Western Australia?
Yes, visas are only granted to those who can show an employment contract for at least one year’s duration. For further information take our free online visa assessment or head over to Western Australia Immigration.

Queensland Emigrate to Australia Skills List

Construction Project Manager – 133111
Actuary – 224111
Mathematician – 224112
Public Relations Professional – 225311
Surveyor – 232212
Interior Designer – 232511
Civil Engineer – 233211
Geotechnical Engineer – 233212
Quantity Surveyor – 233213
Structural Engineer – 233214
Transport Engineer – 233215
Electrical Engineer – 233311
Mechanical Engineer – 233512
Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) – 233611
Aeronautical Engineer – 233911
Agricultural Engineer – 233912
Biomedical Engineer – 233913
Engineering Technologist – 233914
Environmental Engineer – 233915
Engineering Professionals nec – 233999
Veterinarian – 234711
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer – 251211
Medical Radiation Therapist – 251212
Nuclear Medicine Technologist – 251213
Sonographer – 251214
Optometrist – 251411
Hospital Pharmacist – 251511
Retail Pharmacist – 251513
Health Promotion Officer – 251911
Orthotist or Prosthetist – 251912
Dental Specialist – 252311
Dentist – 252312
Occupational Therapist – 252411
Physiotherapist – 252511
Podiatrist – 252611
General Medical Practitioner – 253111
Resident Medical Officer – 253112
Anaesthetist – 253211
Specialist Physician (General Medicine) – 253311
Cardiologist – 253312
Clinical Haematologist – 253313
Medical Oncologist – 253314
Endocrinologist – 253315
Gastroenterologist – 253316
Intensive Care Specialist – 253317
Neurologist – 253318
Paediatrician – 253321
Renal Medicine Specialist – 253322
Rheumatologist – 253323
Thoracic Medicine Specialist – 253324
Specialist Physicians nec – 253399
Psychiatrist – 253411
Surgeon (General) – 253511
Pathologist – 253915
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist – 253917
Midwife – 254111
Nurse Practitioner – 254411
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) – 254412
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) – 254413
Registered Nurse (Community Health) – 254414
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) – 254415
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) – 254416
Registered Nurse (Medical) – 254418
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) – 254421
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) – 254422
Registered Nurse (Perioperative) – 254423
Registered Nurse (Surgical) – 254424
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) – 254425
Registered Nurses nec – 254499
ICT business Analyst – 261111
Systems Analyst – 261112
Multimedia Specialist – 261211
Analyst Programmer – 261311
Developer Programmer – 261312
Software Engineer – 261313
Software Tester – 261314
ICT Security Specialist – 262112
ICT Quality Assurance Engineer – 263211
ICT Support Engineer – 263212
ICT Systems Test Engineer – 263213
Solicitor – 271311
Interpreter – 272412
Social Professionals nec – 272499
Social Worker – 272511
Recreation Officer – 272612
Welfare Worker – 272613
Architectural Draftsperson – 312111
Building Associate – 312112
Building Inspector – 312113
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians nec – 312199
Hardware Technician – 313111
ICT Customer Support Officer – 313112
Web Administrator – 313113
Automotive Electrician – 321111
Motor Mechanic (General) – 321211
Diesel Motor Mechanic – 321212
Motorcycle Mechanic – 321213
Small Engine Mechanic – 321214
Sheetmetal Trades Worker – 322211
Fitter (General) – 323211
Fitter and Turner – 323212
Panelbeater – 324111
Bricklayer – 331111
Painting trades workers – 332211
Fibrous Plasterer – 333211
Plumber (General) – 334111
Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber – 334112
Drainer – 334113
Gasfitter – 334114
Roof plumber – 334115
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic – 342111
Chef – 351311
Cook – 351411
Cabinetmaker – 394111
Insurance Loss Adjuster – 599612
Insurance Agent – 611211

Please note that as of August 2017 the following occupation codes were placed under temporary closure from the Queensland emigrate to Australia skills list until further notice:

221111 Accountant (general)
261311 Analyst Programmer
263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer
262111 Database Administrator
261312 Developer Programmer
261111 ICT Business Analyst
313112 ICT Customer Support Officer
263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
262112 ICT Security Specialist
263212 ICT Support Engineer
263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
261313 Software Engineer
261314 Software Tester
262113 Systems Administrator
261112 Systems Analyst
313113 Web Administrator
312111 Architectural Draftsperson
611211 Insurance Agent
232511 Interior Designer
221112 Management Acct
233512 Mechanical Engineer
225311 Public Relations Professional
251511 Hospital Pharmacists
251513 Retail Pharmacist

For more information on the Queensland Specific lists take our free online visa assessment today

Victoria Emigrate to Australia Skills List

351111 Baker
312112 Building Associate
394111 Cabinetmaker
234111 Agricultural Consultant
234112 Agricultural Scientist
334112 Airconditioning & Mechanical Services Plumber
342111 Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic
351311 Chef
234211 Chemist
134111 Child Care Centre Manager
233211 Civil Engineer
312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson
272311 Clinical Psychologist
351411 Cook
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
233311 Electrical Engineer
312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
342211 Electrical Linesworker**
342313 Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
233914 Engineering Technologist
251111 Dietitian
334113 Drainer
334114 Gasfitter
322313 Welder (First Class)
234711 Veterinarian
242211 Vocational Education Teacher
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager
132311 Human Resource Manager
342414 Telecommunications Technician
272412 Interpreter
241411 Secondary School Teacher
322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker
234511 Life Scientist (General)
272511 Social Worker
251214 Sonographer
252712 Speech Pathologist
224113 Statistician
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413 Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)
254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)
254499 Registered Nurses (nec)
132511 Research and Development Manager
334115 Roof Plumber
351112 Pastrycook
234914 Physicist
252511 Physiotherapist
252611 Podiatrist
224112 Mathematician
233512 Mechanical Engineer
312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
241213 Primary School Teacher
133513 Production Manager (Mining)
233513 Production or Plant Engineer
322311 Metal Fabricator
323214 Metal Machinist (First Class)
254111 Midwife
252411 Occupational Therapist
233611 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
234999 Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec
251213 Nuclear Medicine Technologist
254411 Nurse Practitioner
224213 Health Information Manager
342413 Telecommunications Linesworker

For further information on the Victoria State Sponsored emigrate to Australia skills list take our free online assessment or head over to Victoria State Immigration

Northern Territories Emigrate to Australia Skills List

Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec
Accountant (General)
Agricultural Consultant
Agricultural Scientist
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
Aquaculture Farmer
Arborist
Audiologist
Automotive Electrician
Baker
Building Associate
Building Inspector
Business Machine Mechanic
Cabinetmaker
Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)
Cafe or Restaurant Manager
Carpenter
Chef
Chemical Plant Operator
Child Care Centre Manager
Community Worker
Conference and Event Organiser
Cook
Corporate Services Manager
Counsellors
Customer Services Manager
Database Administrator
Dental Technician
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Disabilities Services Officer
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Earth Science Technician
Electrician (General)
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)
Enrolled Nurse
External Auditor
Facilities Manager
Family Support Worker
Finance Manager
Fitter (General)
Fitter and Turner
Fitter-Welder
Forester
Fruit or Nut Grower
Gasfitter
General Medical Practitioner
Glazier
Graphic Designer
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager
Hairdresser
Health and Welfare Services Manager nec
Hotel or Motel Manager
Human Resource Manager
ICT Business Analyst
ICT Business Development Manager
ICT Project Manager
ICT Trainer
Interpreter
Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec
Librarian
Library Technician
Landscape Gardener
Management Accountant
Mechanical Engineer
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
Medical Laboratory Technician
Metal Fabricator
Metal Machinist (First Class)
Motor Mechanic (General)
Motorcycle Mechanic
Network Administrator
Network Analyst
Nurse Manager
Occupational Therapist
Other Sports Coach or Instructor
Panelbeater
Performing Arts Technicians nec
Physiotherapist
Plumber (General)
Production Manager (Forestry)
Psychologists nec
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
Registered Nurse (Medical)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
Registered Nurse (Surgical)
Registered Nurses nec
Residential Care Officer
Retail Pharmacist
Resident Medical Officer
Roof Plumber
Sales and Marketing Manager
School Principal
Sheetmetal Trades Worker
Small Engine Mechanic
Social Professionals nec
Social Worker
Software Engineer
Sonographer
Sound Technician
Speech Pathologist
Sports Development Officer
Supply and Distribution Manager
Surveyor
Systems Administrator
Systems Analyst
Taxation Accountant
Teacher, Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School)
Teacher, Special Education nec
Telecommunications Engineer
Telecommunications Linesworker
Telecommunications Network Engineer
Upholsterer
Vegetable Grower
Veterinarian
Veterinary Nurse
Web Administrator
Web Designer
Welder (First Class)
Welfare Centre Manager
Welfare Worker
Youth Worker
Northern Territories

ACT Emigrate to Australia Skills List


The ACT Skilled Migration program was closed on the 23rd August 2017

South Australia Emigrate to Australia Skills List


Fruit or Nut Grower
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus) / Field Crop Grower (NZ)
Grape Grower
Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ)
Beef Cattle Farmer
Mixed Livestock Farmer
Poultry Farmer
Sheep Farmer
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
Sales and Marketing Manager
Advertising Manager
Finance Manager
Manufacturer
Production Manager (Manufacturing)
Supply and Distribution Manager
Nursing Clinical Director
Welfare Centre Manager
Health and Welfare Services Managers nec
ICT Project Manager
ICT Managers nec
Art Administrator or Manager
Laboratory Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
Specialist Managers nec
Cafe or Restaurant Manager
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec
Customer Service Manager
Facilities Manager
ICT Trainer
Health Information Manager
Records Manager
Management Consultant
Organisation and Methods Analyst
Other Spatial Scientist
Fashion Designer
Industrial Designer
Agricultural Consultant
Agricultural Scientist
Wine Maker
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
Special Needs Teacher
Sonographer
Chiropractor
Occupational therapist
Podiatrist
Audiologist
Speech Pathologist
Ophthalmologist
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
Midwife
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Registered Nurse (Child And Family Health)
Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Development Disability)
Registered Nurse (Disability And Rehabilitation)
Registered Nurse (Medical)
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
Registered Nurse (Surgical)
Registered Nurse (Paediatric)
Registered Nurse nec
ICT Business Analyst
Systems Analyst
Web Developer
Analyst Programmer
Developer Programmer
Software Engineer
Software Tester
Database Administrator
ICT Security Specialist
Systems Administrator
Computer Network and Systems Engineer
Network Administrator
Network Analyst
ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
ICT Support Engineer
ICT Systems Test Engineer
ICT Support and Test Engineers nec
Interpreter
Social Professionals nec
Social Worker
Recreation Officer
Welfare Worker
Agricultural Technician
Civil Engineering Draftsperson
Civil Engineering Technician
Metallurgical or Materials Technician
Hardware Technician
ICT Customer Support Officer
Web Administrator
Automotive Electrician
Motor Mechanic (General)
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Motorcycle Mechanic
Small Engine Mechanic
Sheetmetal Trades Worker
Fitter (General)
Fitter and Turner
Metal Machinist (First Class)
Metal Fitters and Machinists nec
Locksmith
Panelbeater
Bricklayer
Stonemason
Carpenter and Joiner
Carpenter
Joiner
Painting Trades Workers
Roof Tiler
Electrician (General)
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
Business Machine Mechanic
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)
Baker
Pastry Cook
Chef
Cook
Veterinary Nurse
Gardener (General)
Arborist
Landscape Gardener
Dressmaker or Tailor
Cabinetmaker
Wood Machinist
Diversional Therapist
Enrolled Nurse
Community Worker
Disabilities Services Officer
Family Support Worker
Residential Care Officer
Youth Worker
Contract Administrator
Program or Project Administrator

Caution must be applied when looking at the South Australia emigrate to Australia skills list, there are many, many caveats in place relating to things such as visa type or specific points score required. South Australia for example often require a total immigration points score far in excess of the 60 points required at National Australia level.

Here at Lets Go Global we think this was a rather extreme knee jerk reaction to new legislative powers although, as with everything ‘Immigration’ we’re here to defend and progress your immigration rights, providing world class levels of advocacy to our clients. It’s down to the Australian Government to set and implement immigration policy.

What is the 190 visa and how is it different from the 189 visa?
The only difference between the two is that the 190 is processed on a State by State basis as opposed to being on the National level. Simply put, you’ll need to undertake to live and work in your sponsoring state for a period of two years. After this time you’ll be free to live and work anywhere in Australia just like the 189 Visa and the rest of the benefits remain the same.

How often do the lists change?
The emigrate to Australia skills lists are updated every six months after consultation with the Australian Department of Employment and the Australian Department of Education and Training. The thinking behind this is that jobs for Australians are protected whilst critical key skills shortages are addressed.

How Much Money Does it Cost to Emigrate to Australia?
There is no doubt that the emigration process to Australia represents a significant financial commitment in terms of skills assessments, visas, the move itself and adjusting to your new life in Australia.

For more information on what these costs will likely be head over to How Much Money Does it Cost to Emigrate to Australia?

What happens if my occupation is removed from the emigrate to Australia skills list?


If your nominated occupation is removed from the emigrate to Australia skills list before you lodge your application then you are no longer eligible to emigrate. If you’ve received an invitation to apply or state nomination before your occupation is removed from the skills lists then you are fine to continue the application. Please remember, these lists are under increasing amounts of scrutiny at a political level and here at Lets Go Global we expect to see deeper and further reaching changes than ever before.

Still Confused? Don’t be, take our free online visa assessment today

We have occupation specialists in the majority of occupation codes so rest assured, we talk your professional language and are happy to talk through your options regarding the emigrate to Australia skills list.