The new list of skills and jobs that will help you move to Australia in 2018

| February 9, 2018

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has updated its list of jobs which skilled migrates can apply for when looking to emigrate.

The jobs are broken down into two categories and fall under either the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short‑term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

To qualify for skilled migration to Australia, you must now nominate an occupation from the MLTSSL. However, if you are applying for skilled migration via nomination by a State or Territory Government (temporary visa); you have the option of nominating an occupation from the STSOL.

A number of these jobs also have additional caveats which typically limit where emigrants can move to in Australia and how much they earn.


If you are looking to emigrate to Australia and New Zealand were dealt a massive blow earlier in 2017, when the countries’ governments suddenly tightened their visa laws.

In April, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that he would be abolish the country’s popular temporary work visa system and increase the standards of its citizenship test with immediate effect, to promote “Australia first” values.

The new requirements for citizenship will now require candidates to be permanent residents for at least four years (as opposed to the previous one-year requirement), applicants must be competent English speakers, must show a job record and prove they have integrated into the local community.

Turnbull also announced that he would be replacing the country’s popular temporary 457 work visa programme to focus on creating jobs for Australians first.

The result was a culling of more than 200 jobs from the previous list and the release of the new updated MLTSSL and STSOL lists.

You can find the complete updated MLTSSL list for 2018 detailed below. You can find a combined list including STSOL qualifications here.

*indicates jobs marked with a caveat.

Automotive ElectricianMeteorologist
Biomedical EngineerMining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
BiotechnologistMotor Mechanic (General)
Boat Builder & RepairerMotorcycle Mechanic
BotanistMultimedia Specialist
BricklayerMusician (Instrumental)
CabinetmakerNatural and Physical Science Professionals (nec)
CardiologistNaval Architect
Cardiothoracic SurgeonNeurologist
Carpenter & JoinerNuclear Medicine Technologist
CartographerNurse Practitioner
Chef***Nursing Clinical Director
Chemical EngineerObstetrician & Gynaecologist
ChemistOccupational Therapist
Chief Executive or Managing Director***Ophthalmologist
Chief Information OfficerOptometrist
Child Care Centre ManagerOrganisational Psychologist
ChiropractorOrthopaedic Surgeon
Civil EngineerOrthotist or Prosthetist
Civil Engineering DraftspersonOsteopath
Civil Engineering TechnicianOther Spatial Scientist
Clinical HaematologistOtorhinolaryngologist
Clinical PsychologistPaediatric Surgeon
Computer Network & Systems EngineerPaediatrician
ConservatorPainting Trades Workers
Construction Project ManagerPanelbeater
Corporate General Manager***Pathologist
DermatologistPetroleum Engineer
Developer ProgrammerPhysicist
Diagnostic & Interventional RadiologistPhysiotherapist
Diesel Motor MechanicPlastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
DrainerPlumber (General)
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) TeacherPodiatrist
EconomistPressure Welder
Educational PsychologistPrimary Health Organisation Manager
Electrical EngineerProduction or Plant Engineer
Electrical Engineering DraftspersonPsychiatrist
Electrical Engineering TechnicianPsychologists (nec)
Electrical LinesworkerQuantity Surveyor
Electrician (General)Radiation Oncologist
Electrician (Special Class)Radio Communications Technician
Electronic Equipment Trades WorkerRegistered Nurse (Aged Care)
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Electronics EngineerRegistered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)
Emergency Medicine SpecialistRegistered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
EndocrinologistRegistered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)
Engineering ManagerRegistered Nurse (Medical Practice)
Engineering Professionals (nec)Registered Nurse (Medical)
Engineering TechnologistRegistered Nurse (Mental Health)
Enrolled NurseRegistered Nurse (Paediatrics)
Environmental ConsultantRegistered Nurse (Perioperative)
Environmental EngineerRegistered Nurse (Surgical)
Environmental ManagerRegistered Nurses (nec)
Environmental Research ScientistRenal Medicine Specialist
Environmental Scientists (nec)Rheumatologist
External AuditorRoof Plumber
Faculty HeadSecondary School Teacher
Fibrous PlastererSheetmetal Trades Worker
Fitter & TurnerShipwright
Fitter (General)Small Engine Mechanic
Fitter-WelderSocial Worker
Food TechnologistSoftware & Applications  Programmers (nec)
FootballerSoftware Engineer
GasfitterSolid Plasterer
General PractitionerSpecial Education Teachers (nec)
GeophysicistSpecial Needs Teacher
Geotechnical EngineerSpecialist Physician (General Medicine)
GlazierSpecialist Physicians (nec)
Horse Breeder***Speech Pathologist
Horse trainerStatistician
ICT Business AnalystStructural Engineer
ICT Security SpecialistSurgeon (General)
Industrial EngineerSurveyor
Intensive Care SpecialistSystems Analyst
Internal AuditorTaxation Accountant***
JoinerTeacher of the Hearing Impaired
Land EconomistTeacher of the Sight Impaired
Landscape ArchitectTechnical Cable Jointer
Life Scientist (General)Telecommunications Engineer
Life Scientists (nec)Telecommunications Field Engineer
Lift MechanicTelecommunications Network Engineer
LocksmithTelecommunications Network Planner
Management Accountant***Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist
Management Consultant***Thoracic Medicine Specialist
Marine BiologistTransport Engineer
Materials EngineerUniversity Lecturer (Suitable for the position of Research Associate or Research Fellow in a University)***
Mechanical EngineerUrologist
Medical AdministratorValuer
Medical Diagnostic RadiographerVascular Surgeon
Medical Laboratory ScientistVeterinarian
Medical OncologistWall & Floor Tiler
Medical Practitioners (nec)Welder (First Class)
Medical Radiation TherapistWelfare Centre Manager
Metal Machinist (First Class)Zoologist

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