Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List

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On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

On 19 April 2017, the:

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL) and is available in Schedule 1 of the relevant legislative instrument
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) replaced the previous ‘Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List’ (CSOL) and is available in Schedule 2 of the relevant legislative instrument.

The TSS visa is part of the Government’s significant reform package to strengthen the integrity and quality of Australia’s temporary and permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programmes.

Further information on the reforms is available on the Department for Immigration and Border Protection website.

Australia requires a highly skilled population to maintain and improve its economic position in the face of increasing global competition. The number of jobs that require higher skills continues to increase and the number of low skill jobs is declining. Strategies need to be in place to increase and deepen skills for the future and to manage the approach for highly specialised skills needs.

The Department of Education and Training conducts skills needs analysis to develop annual advice for the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) formerly known as the Skilled Occupation List. The MLTSSL 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 2016–17 MLTSSL can be found here.