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New Skilled Occupation List from 1 July 2016

On 1 July 2016, a new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will commence with a small number of changes to the occupations compared to the previous list. The SOL identifies occupations that would benefit from skilled migration in order to meet the medium to long-term skill needs of the Australian economy.

The SOL review

The SOL is reviewed annually to ensure it remains responsive to the needs of the Australian labour market. This year the Department of Education and Training was responsible for the review, considering Australia’s current, emerging and future workforce skills and development needs. For more information see Review of the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

Flagged occupations

As part of the annual SOL review, 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. For the 2016–17 SOL, 51 occupations have been flagged. For more information see Flagged Occupations on the SOL for 2016–17.

If your occupation has been removed from the 2016–17 SOL

Requirements for permanent skilled migration will change from time to time and there is no particular course of study that will guarantee a permanent visa. If you are a student in Australia, you are encouraged not to make educational choices solely on the basis of hoping to achieve a particular migration outcome because the skilled migration programme will continue to change and adapt to Australia’s economic needs.

Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL)

The review of the SOL has not impacted the composition of the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL). Occupations currently listed on the CSOL will continue to be listed from 1 July 2016. For more information see Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).

Interested in applying for a visa?

If you are interested in applying for an Independent Skilled visa (subclass 189), a Family Sponsored Points Tested visa (subclass 489) or a Temporary Graduate (Graduate Work stream) visa (subclass 485) on or after 1 July, then you need to make sure your occupation is listed on the new SOL. For more information on the occupations being added or removed for 2016–17, see SOL.

There may also be other visa options available to you. You can find more information on visa options by visiting Visa Finder .

Comments (12)


I found the following information in this blog:
"After each invitation round we will publish on our website the lowest score of a successful EOI for each occupation group. This will provide an indication of the score required to receive an invitation.”
Could you please provide the link to this information?
Thank you.


Hi Emma. Thanks for your question. At this time, points for Accountants will remain at 70. Please note this could change anytime throughout the program year and the SkillSelect team cannot provide any indication of if or when this may occur.


Hi The July Invitation dates are not published yet ,
Kindly let me know whey they will be published on website in Skill set


Hi Gurpreet. Thanks for your question. The July invitation dates were published on the SkillSelect web page on Friday 1 July at 1:30 pm.

Please see: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil#


Dear Sir/Madam
I submitted my EOI claiming 65 points under Occupation ANZSCO 26311 (computer network professionals), on 11th May. As 6th July round is under way. When can I expect invitation ?
Please reply ..


Hi Mohit. The submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) is not a visa application. At this stage, you have expressed interest in applying for a skilled migration visa to Australia and you will need to be issued an invitation to apply. An EOI can remain in SkillSelect for up to two years. Information on the cut-off date and points score for the most recent invitation round is available at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil This can be used as a guide to compare your EOI with.


Hi Arumba. All people interested in the points based skilled migration or business investment and innovation visa programmes will need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and receive an invitation in order to lodge a visa application. Further information regarding SkillSelect can be found at: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil


Hi Juan. In order to be granted a 485 Visa- Graduate Work Stream, you are required to have your profession listed in the SOL. If you can meet the requirements to be granted under the Post Study Work Stream, your profession does not need to be listed on the SOL. For information on subclass 485, please visit the site http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/485-#.


Hi. Please could you tell me if the points for accountants has gone back down to 60 or still at 70 as last year.



I am about to complete my master degree in an Australian university. I note that the profession is no more listed in the SOL but CSOL. Do I still qualify to apply Visa 485?


Am interested in one of the consolidated occupation, kindly provide a link for the application