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.

Further information is available on the methodology used to develop the SOL.

2017–18 Skilled Occupations List Review

Submissions for the 2017-18 SOL review were open from 11 October 2016 – 21 November 2016

The composition of the SOL is reviewed annually and the process of updating the SOL for 2017-18 is now underway. To help inform its labour market analysis, the department sought expert advice and evidence on the suitability of occupations for inclusion on the SOL.

The 2017–18 SOL will come into effect on 1 July 2017.

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. More information on the list of flagged occupations for 2016–17 can be found here.


For all SOL related enquiries, please email