Australian Occupations Lists

One of the most important criteria you need to possess to qualify for an Australian 482 visa is having a job considered ‘in demand’. These occupations are flagged within a number of Australian Occupations Lists published every 6 – 12 months by the Australian government.

There are four occupations lists currently published by the Australian Government that will be of interest to candidates seeking sponsorship.

As the names suggest, the first two lists contain occupations qualifying for visas that are valid for a range of different durations starting from 2 years to 4 years or more.

The Regional Occupation list contains occupations that will enable migrants to qualify for an Australian visa if they are willing to work and live in Regional Australia.

Finally, the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) is a list that was introduced to help support Australia’s COVID-19 Recovery efforts. This list comprises a number of occupations with a focus on the engineering, health and IT sectors. If you would like to see if you have an occupation that would qualify under the PMSOL list, click here.

You can also view all the occupations lists from the drop-down menu at the top of every page on

Why all the different lists?

So, what is the reason behind all these lists? The different occupations lists have been created as the Australian government has identified some occupations where Australia will only have a demand in the short term.  In this scenario, those are the occupations that are on the shorter term list, whereas some occupations they believe will be needed in Australia in the long run.

Similarly, some occupations are needed now (especially as part of Australis COVID recovery efforts) which resulted in the creation of the priority migration list.