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New! Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

A new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) was announced on 2  September 2020.


This list aims to support Australia’s economic recovery after COVID-19 based on advice from the National Skills Commission and consultation with relevant Commonwealth agencies, and comprises:

  • 111111: Chief Executive or Managing Director
  • 133111: Construction Project Manager
  • 233512: Mechanical Engineer
  • 253111: General Practitioner
  • 253112: Resident Medical Officer
  • 253411: Psychiatrist
  • 253999: Medical Practitioner nec
  • 254111: Midwife
  • 254412: Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • 254415: Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • 254418: Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • 254422: Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • 254423: Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • 254499: Registered Nurses nec
  • 261312: Developer Programmer
  • 261313: Software Engineer
  • 312911: Maintenance Planner

The PMSOL will be reviewed and updated regularly depending upon its impact and changes in the economy.

Exemptions and Priority Cases

Offshore visa holders who have been sponsored by an Australian business in a PMSOL occupation can request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions but will be subject to a strict 14 day quarantine period on arrival at their own expense.

Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed, however, priority will be given to those in occupations on the PMSOL.

It is expected that this change will primarily have a large impact on the following visa programs:

  • TSS 482 (Temporary Skills Shortage)
  • SESR 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional)
  • ENS (Employer Nomination Scheme) 186
  • RSMS (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) 187

Next Steps

PMSOL provides an exciting (albeit temporary) opportunity for employers, employees and skilled individuals working in the Healthcare, Construction or IT sectors.

To take full advantage of this new development, please contact the Migration team at Matthews Folbigg Lawyers on 9635 7966 if you are:

  • a business with existing or potential overseas employees in the above sectors
  • a current sponsored employee looking to apply for permanent residency
  • a person with experience or qualification in the above occupations


Minh Huynh
Solicitor & Migration Agent
MARN 1789271

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