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Regional migration


Skilled visas require migrants to be working in an eligible skilled occupation. Skilled visas are those designed to grow the Australian economy by filling skills gaps or building productive capacity in the labour market. Details of the revised Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Regional Occupation List (ROL) are available on the Department’s website.

On 11 March 2019, the skilled migration occupation lists were updated to respond to labour market changes, and help ensure that Australian workers are given the first priority for jobs, while allowing business access to the critical skills they need to grow.

Regional employers and skilled migrants applying for regional visas have access to more occupations than are available to metropolitan areas. 

Following the 11 March 2019 changes, there are 77 additional regional occupations available on the Regional occupation list.