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Skilled Occupations List

Skilled Occupation Lists for migration to Australia

The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)

The skilled migration stream is the major component of Australia's migration program. Within that stream there are several visa subclasses with varying requirements, depending on whether the applicant is applying independently or with a sponsorship from an Australian State or Territory government or a local employer. For more information, see SkillSelect.

With the exception of the RSMS (Regional Sponsorsed Migration Scheme), all skilled migration categories require the primary applicant to nominate an occupation on either the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) or the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). Before applying, the applicant must submit his or her qualifications and work experience for assessment by the relevant assessing authority for that occupation (see below). Both lists are contained in a legislative instrument made by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

The occupations on both lists are defined according to the ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations).

Relevant Assessing Authorities

Whether you got your qualifications in Australia or overseas, you must submit them for assessment by the "Relevant Assessing Authority" listed on the SOL for your occupation. Each authority has its own fees, application procedures and criteria.

It is essential that you have your occupation assessed by the relevant authority BEFORE you lodge your permanent visa application. Applications lodged without an assessment will be treated as invalid.

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