Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

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Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

In September 2020, the Australian government announced a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). The occupations on the list are hand-picked to assist in Australia’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Existing skilled migration occupation lists remain active and visas will still be processed, but priority will be given to those in occupations on the PMSOL.

The original occupations announced were primarily in health care, construction and IT. The priority list supercharges both the health response and economic recovery that Australia needs. The Minister for Employment says that the Australian government will closely monitor labour market trends and respond to any changes in Australia’s skills needs.

Visa holders can request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions though they may still be required to undertake 14 days of hotel quarantine at their own expense.

The PMSOL:

The original 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) were:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioner 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)
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)

On 27 November 2020, the following occupation was added to the PMSOL based on advice from the National Skills Commission

  • Social Worker (272511)

On 11th May 2020, the following occupation was added to the PMSOL

  • Veterinarian (234711)

On 22nd June 2021, a total of 22 new occupations were added to the PMSOL. They are:

  • Accountant (General) (221111)
  • Accountant (Taxation) (221113)
  • Accountant (Management) (221112)
  • External Auditor (221213)
  • Internal Auditor (221214)
  • Electrical Engineer (233311)
  • Civil Engineer (233211)
  • Structural Engineer (233214)
  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
  • Transport Engineer (233215)
  • Mining Engineer (233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (233612)
  • Surveyor (232212)
  • Cartographer (232213)
  • Other Spatial Scientist (232214)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
  • Orthotist / Prosthetist (251912)
  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)
  • Software and Applications Programmers (261399)
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)
  • Chef (351311)

On 27th July 2021, a further three occupations were added to the PMSOL. These are:

  • Hospital Pharmacist (251511)
  • Industrial Pharmacist (251512)
  • Retail Pharmacist (251513)

Edit: Please note, this list is being continuously monitored and updated.

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