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Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

​​​​​​The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) identifies 44 ​occupations which fill critical skills needs to support Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The list is based on expert advice from the National Skills Commission and consultation with Commonwealth departments.

Employer sponsored nomination and visa applications with an occupation on the PMSOL will be given priority processing. All other skilled occupation lists will remain active, but the PMSOL occupations will take priority.

The list is temporary and priority occupations may change as Australia recovers from the pandemic. The Government and the ​National Skills Commission will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market and assess Australia’s skills needs as they evolve and new sources of data emerge.

This page will be updated with the most up-to-date list when priority occupations change.

Changes to the PMSOL

27 July 2021 – The three occupations of Hospital Pharmacist (251511), Industrial Pharmacist (251512) and Retail Pharmacist (251513) have been added to the PMSOL, see media release Supporting Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout through skilled migration

22 June 2021 – Based on data from the National Skills Commission and feedback from stakeholders, 22 occupations have been ​added to the PMSOL, see media release Supporting Australia's COVID recovery through Skilled Migration​

11 May 2021 – The occupation of Veterinarian (234711) has been added to the PMSOL, see media release More support for the Australian tourism and hospitality sector

27 November 2020 – Based on advice from the National Skills Commission, the occupation of Social Worker (272511) has been added to the PMSOL

2 September 2020 – PMSOL of 17 occupations announced. See, Joint media release with the Hon. Michaelia Cash - Supporting Australian business to fill critical skills needs

The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

The 44 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Accountant (General) (221111)
  • Management Accountant (221112)
  • Taxation Accountant (221113)
  • External Auditor (221213)
  • Internal Auditor (221214)
  • Surveyor (232212)
  • Cartographer (232213)
  • Other Spatial Scientist (232214)
  • Civil Engineer (233211)
  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
  • Structural Engineer (233214)
  • Transport Engineer (233215)
  • Electrical Engineer (233311)
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (233612)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
  • Veterinarian (234711)
  • Hospital Pharmacist (251511)*
  • Industrial Pharmacist (251512)*
  • Retail Pharmacist (251513)*
  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (251912)
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioners nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399)
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)
  • Social Worker (272511)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)
  • Chef (351311)

* Indicates occupation added in July 2021

Travel exemptions

While Australia’s border restrictions remain in place, temporary visa holders must obtain a travel exemption before travelling to Australia. For more information about the travel exemption process see: Critical skills and sectors

Visa subclasses

Priority processing of nomination and visa applications for PMSOL occupations applies to these employer sponsored visa subclasses: