Review of the Skilled Occupations List (SOL)

The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) identifies occupations that would benefit from skilled migration for the purpose of meeting the medium to long-term skill needs of the Australian economy.

The Department of Education and Training is responsible for the annual review of the SOL. The Department provides advice to the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills who provides advice to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the SOL.

The suitability of occupations for inclusion/removal from the SOL are assessed through a two-step process.

The first step involves identifying occupations that are most susceptible to supply constraints (e.g. due to the time taken to develop necessary skills) and/or most likely to warrant Australian Government intervention to address these constraints (e.g. due to the cost of a shortage or the likely impact of supply side policies).

The second step involves assessing the medium to long-term skill needs of the economy for each occupation identified in step one, to determine if the occupation would benefit from skilled migration. In general an occupation will satisfy the second step if a surplus of skilled workers is unlikely in the medium-to long-term. Assessment is based on a wide range of indicators in addition to stakeholder input.

2016-17 Skilled Occupations List Review

The 2016-17 SOL came into effect on 1 July 2016 following a review of the SOL undertaken during late 2015 and early 2016.

There are 183 occupations on this list, published at the six digit ANZSCO level.

The review of the 2016-17 SOL was undertaken in late 2015 and early 2016.

Flagged occupations

In the 2016-17 SOL there are a number of occupations which are ‘flagged’ for possible removal in the future. Generally, occupations are flagged when there is emerging evidence of excess supply in the labour market in the medium-to-long term. Below is this flagged occupation list.

Flagged Occupations on the SOL for 2016 –17

ANZSCO CodeOccupation


Production Manager (Mining)
221111Accountant (General)
221112Management Accountant
221113Taxation Accountant
224511Land Economist
231212Ship’s Engineer
231213Ship’s Master
231214Ship’s Officer
232214Other Spatial Scientist
233111Chemical Engineer
233211Civil Engineer
233212Geotechnical Engineer
233213Quantity Surveyor
233214Structural Engineer
233215Transport Engineer
233411Electronics Engineer
233511Industrial Engineer
233512Mechanical Engineer
233513Production or Plant Engineer
233911Aeronautical Engineer
233912Agricultural Engineer
233913Biomedical Engineer
233914Engineering Technologist
233915Environmental Engineer
233916Naval Architect
234611Medical Laboratory Scientist
251211Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212Medical Radiation Therapist
252411Occupational Therapist
252712Speech Pathologist
253111General Practitioner
253317Intensive Care Specialist
253913Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253999Medical Practitioners nec
272399Psychologists nec
399111Boat Builder and Repairer


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