New Skilled Migration Priorities And Updates In Australia

As per the latest update, the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List or PMSOL contains 44 ​occupations. These occupations are identified as the most critical skills for Australia. The country needs the people from these occupations to support Australia’s economy and take it on the path of recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic impact.

What is Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List or PMSOL?

The experts from the National Skills Commission in consultation with Commonwealth departments have created a list of occupations that need overseas workers to fill their skill gap.

The visa applications that have an occupation matching with the PMSOL, will be given priority processing. The applications can be employer-sponsored nominations. Though all the other skilled occupations will also remain active, the occupations listed in PMSOL will get priority.

It is also important to know that this list is temporary. It can change with the changing needs of Australia, especially after the country recovers from the pandemic.

The Government along with the ​National Skills Commission will keep observing and evaluating the effect of COVID-19 on the Australian manpower. They will keep assessing Australia’s needed skills and may suggest new sources of data.

PMSOL – Latest Update

2021 was an unpredictable year as the COVID-19 continued to impact. It was a year of migration changes, travel restrictions, bans, lockdowns, etc. Now, the times are changing and the Australian government may need the support of people from worldwide to boost the Australian economy. This is why the government has been gradually adding additional jobs on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List. Migration Lawyers Perth WA can throw more light on this. 

  • On 27th July 2021, three occupations were added to the PMSOL. The three occupations were:
  1. Hospital Pharmacist
  2. Industrial Pharmacist, and
  3. Retail Pharmacist
  • On 22nd June 2021, as per the report from the National Skills Commission or NSC and stakeholders, 22 occupations were ​added to the PMSOL.
  • On 11th May 2021, the Veterinarian occupation was added to the PMSOL
  • On 27th November 2020, as per the suggestions from the National Skills Commission, the Social Worker occupation was added to the PMSOL
  • On 2nd September 2020, PMSOL witnessed an addition of 17 occupations.

Priority Migration Skilled Occupation: A complete list

As said earlier, there are 44 occupations listed in the PMSOL. The expanded PMSOL includes various professions such as accountants, chefs, surveyors, civil engineers, software programmers, etc. to fill the skill gaps and get quality workers in Australia. 

The Visa applications of these skilled workers were fast-tracked by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

The complete list includes:

  1. Accountant (General)
  2. Management Accountant
  3. Taxation Accountant
  4. Chief Executive or Managing Director
  5. Construction Project Manager
  6. External Auditor
  7. Internal Auditor
  8. Geotechnical Engineer
  9. Surveyor
  10. Cartographer
  11. Other Spatial Scientist
  12. Electrical Engineer
  13. Mechanical Engineer
  14. Mining Engineer excluding Petroleum
  15. Civil Engineer
  16. Structural Engineer
  17. Transport Engineer
  18. Hospital Pharmacist
  19. Industrial Pharmacist
  20. Petroleum Engineer
  21. Analyst Programmer
  22. Developer Programmer
  23. Medical Laboratory Scientist
  24. Veterinarian
  25. Retail Pharmacist
  26. Resident Medical Officer
  27. Psychiatrist
  28. Orthotist or Prosthetist
  29. General Practitioner
  30. Maintenance Planner
  31. Chef
  32. Medical Practitioners
  33. Midwife
  34. Registered Nurse – Medical
  35. Registered Nurse – Mental Health
  36. Registered Nurse – Aged Care
  37. Registered Nurse – Critical Care and Emergency
  38. Registered Nurse – Perioperative
  39. Registered Nurses- Nec
  40. Multimedia Specialist
  41. Software Engineer
  42. Software and Applications Programmers Nec
  43. ICT Security Specialist
  44. Social Worker

Though Australian travel restrictions continue to remain, temporary visa holders can get a travel exemption before visiting Australia.

Allowed Visa subclasses

The visa applications for PMSOL occupations apply to the following employer-sponsored visa subclass:

  • Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Provisional Visa subclass 494: You can be in or outside Australia at the time of applying for this visa. If you are in Australia at the time of your Visa application, you must have a substantive visa or bridging visa A, B, or C.
  • Temporary Skill Shortage or TSS visa subclass 482: Australian businesses can nominate workers from different parts of the world to fill the gaps of skills shortages in their business. The occupation nominated by them is a part of the Temporary Skill Shortage List or TSS skilled Visa. This can either be on the Medium and Long-term Strategic List or MLTSSL or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List or STSOL.
  • Employer Nomination Scheme or ENS visa subclass 186: The permanent employer-sponsored visa program permits workers from other countries to apply for Australian permanent residence. You can apply for this visa in both non-regional and regional areas in Australia.
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme or RSMS visa subclass 187: The permanent employer-sponsored visa program permits workers from different countries to apply for Australian permanent residence. The position must be in Regional Australia. 

The regions are – entire South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania, and ACT. There are regional cities too in other states. The Department of Home Affairs follows the postcodes. As per the present ruling, only Temporary Residence Transition can be done for the Visa subclass 457 or 482 transitional workers. Visa lawyers can detail you more on this. 

Australia’s Migration Program for the year 2021-2022

Australia allows a fixed number of places in the migration program every year. For 2020 and 2021, the places available were capped at 160,000. Some of these visas needed you to be from the profession that is listed in the Skilled Occupation List.

Here is what you need to know:

  • 79,600 places were given to the Skill stream
  • 77,300 places were allocated for the Family stream
  • 6,500 places were fixed for the Skilled Independent visas


This was all about employer-sponsored applicants in the PMSOL occupations. The existing skilled migration occupation list remains active but visa applications from PMSOL will be processed quickly. The latter can apply for travel exemption and start working in Australia.

The regional sponsored visa applicants must know that Western Australia recently expanded the occupation list for the skilled migration program. On 7th July 2021, even Victoria’s Skilled Migration program was also open for registrations of interest. NSW also included 10 new occupations to their skilled occupation list for obtaining PR visas.

Several such changes keep happening. You can check with Migration Lawyer Perth for recent updates. 

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