Changes to Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) and Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

Matthew Halliday, GA CONSULTING, MARN 0701626


The Australian Immigration Department has confirmed a few minor changes will be made to Australia's skilled migration occupations lists.


The main changes are as follows:


Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

The SOL is relevant for applicants applying for Australia migration who intend to apply for:

independent points-based skilled migration who are not nominated by a state or territory government agency (subclass 189)

a Family Sponsored points-based skilled visa (for people who have a relative who is an Australian permanent resident or citizen living in a low population area)

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) - Graduate Work stream (this is for people who have studied in Australia for at least 2 years)


Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)

The CSOL is relevant for applicants for:

points-based skilled migration who are nominated by a state or territory government agency under a State Migration Plan(subclasses 190/489)

the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), who must have been nominated by an Australian employer to fill a position in an occupation that appears in the CSOL

the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)

the Training and Research visa (subclass 402).


Summary of changes

The following changes will apply to applications made for the above Australian visas on or after 1 July 2014.  


Occupations added to the SOL

The following occupations will be added to the SOL:


Chef (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) 351311)

Bricklayer (ANZSCO 331111)

Wall and Floor Tiler (ANZSCO 333411)


Occupations added to the CSOL

The following occupations will be added to the CSOL:


Hydrogeologist  (ANZSCO 234413)

Exercise Physiologist (ANZSCO 234915)


Changes to occupation titles

The following titles will be changed:


Ship's Surveyor will be titled Marine Surveyor (ANZSCO 231215)

General Medical Practitioner will be titled General Practitioner (ANZSCO 253111)

Changes to assessing authorities

For new applications for the above visas made on or after 1 July 2014, new assessing authorities will be specified for the following occupations:

Nurse Manager (ANZSCO 254311): Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

Nurse Educator (ANZSCO 254211): ANMAC

Nurse Researcher (ANZSCO 254212): ANMAC.

Marine Transport Professional not elsewhere classified (ANZSCO 231299): Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services (VETASSESS)


Please feel free to contact us for further information about how these changes might affect your migration options.



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