2021 Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) for Australian Visas

​​​​​​A new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) was announced on Wednesday, 22 June 2021.


Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

Australia’s skilled visa programs are made up 3 main lists:

  • Short-Term Skilled Occupation List
  • Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List
  • Regional Occupation List

These are regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect genuine skills needs and help businesses continue to grow if skilled Australian workers are not available.

The current skills list can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.


Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alex Hawke MP has today announced the inclusion of a range of skilled occupations on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).


PMSOL was first announced in September 2020 aims promote critical occupations to be filled to continue to create Australian jobs and aid in Australia’s ongoing recovery from the impact of COVID-19.


The addition of 22 occupations brings the PMSOL to 41 in total.


Changes to the PMSOL

22 June 2021

Chefs, civil engineers and software programmers are among those now in line to have their visas prioritised for processing.   

The PMSOL now consisting of 41 occupations was first developed in September last year in coordination with the National Skills Commission.


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


2021 Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List


The 41 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)
  • 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 June 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


Australian Visa subclasses

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


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Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View media release in full : Supporting Australia’s COVID recovery through Skilled Migration​

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