Skills Occupations List

All change? The movers and the shakers for the Proposed Skills Occupations List

Following further consultations, the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business currently have the following recommendations to consider.

If these are carried out this will directly affect whether or not applicants may or may not be eligible for permanent or provisional residence, or if sponsored by an employer whether or not a caveat will be imposed.

What it does mean however is that you may wish to move quickly… and to gain some advice on your next step.

Here is the updated list with the potential changes just released:

Skilled Migration Occupation Lists Review

Traffic Light Bulletin – March 2020 Update



For consultation only. This does not represent a decision of Government.

Guide to the Traffic Light Colours

RED Flagged for removal from the lists
ORANGE Flagged for movement between lists – the direction of movement is indicated in the Recommended Status column
GREEN Flagged for addition to the lists



ANZSCO code Occupation Name Current Status on SMOLs Recommended Status for Traffic Light Bulletin
272111 Careers Counsellor STSOL OFF (RED)
324212 Vehicle Trimmer STSOL OFF (RED)
342311 Business Machine Mechanic STSOL OFF (RED)
361199 Animal Attendants and Trainers nec STSOL OFF (RED)
362211 Gardener (General) STSOL OFF (RED)
391111 Hairdresser STSOL OFF (RED)
394213 Wood Machinist STSOL OFF (RED)
411611 Massage Therapist STSOL OFF (RED)
411711 Community Worker STSOL OFF (RED)
452311 Diving Instructor (Open Water) STSOL OFF (RED)
452312 Gymnastics Coach or Instructor STSOL OFF (RED)
321111 Automotive Electrician MLTSSL STSOL (ORANGE)
321213 Motorcycle Mechanic MLTSSL STSOL (ORANGE)
323313 Locksmith MLTSSL STSOL (ORANGE)
332211 Painting Trades Worker MLTSSL STSOL (ORANGE)
333111 Glazier MLTSSL STSOL (ORANGE)
333411 Wall and Floor Tiler MLTSSL STSOL (ORANGE)
394111 Cabinetmaker MLTSSL STSOL (ORANGE)
142115 Post Office Manager ROL STSOL (ORANGE)
312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson ROL STSOL (ORANGE)
612115 Real Estate Representative ROL STSOL (ORANGE)
234411 Geologist STSOL ROL (ORANGE)
131112 Sales and Marketing Manager STSOL MLTSSL (with salary caveat of $120,000) (ORANGE)
135112 ICT Project Manager
(includes Blockchain Planner/Manager)
STSOL MLTSSL (with salary caveat of $120,000) (ORANGE)
224999 Information and Organisation Professionals nec
(includes Data Scientist)
STSOL MLTSSL (with salary caveat of $90,000) (ORANGE)
599612 Insurance Loss Adjuster STSOL MLTSSL (with salary caveat of $80,000) (ORANGE)
133612 Procurement Manager ROL MLTSSL (ORANGE)
231213 Ship’s Master ROL MLTSSL (ORANGE)
221212 Corporate Treasurer OFF STSOL (GREEN)
423111 Aged or Disabled Carer OFF STSOL (with mandatory skills assessment) (GREEN)
423312 Nursing Support Worker OFF STSOL (with mandatory skills assessment) (GREEN)
423313 Personal Care Assistant OFF STSOL (with mandatory skills assessment) (GREEN)
121321 Poultry Farmer STSOL Salary caveat of $65,000
351111 Baker STSOL Salary caveat of $65,000
351112 Pastrycook STSOL Salary caveat of $65,000
361112 Horse Trainer MLTSSL Salary caveat of $65,000
323212 Fitter and Turner MLTSSL Salary caveat of $65,000
452499 Sportspersons nec STSOL Salary caveat of $120,000


If you are concerned about anything on this list and would like to know what to do to help protect yourself, your business or your visa, please feel free to contact me.


TSS Registered Migration Agent  Graham Copson (MARN 1575606) on Mob 0417 083 231, or by email

“Your Migration Partner”

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