The Department of Employment is responsible for undertaking a regular review of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills Lists (MLTSSL) which are designed to be the basis of the Australian skilled migration programme.

The Department of Employment has published a ‘Traffic Light Bulletin’ which shows the proposed changes to give members of the public and stakeholders and opportunity to provide evidence and feedback to the Department for their consideration.

What are the proposed changes?

Further to the significant changes to the Skilled Migration Occupation lists in April and July 2017, the Department of Employment has decided to make no further changes at this point to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Occupation List (MLTSSL).

However, changes have been proposed to the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

The changes, when introduced will come into effect in January 2018.

Which occupations have been flagged for removal?

Accommodation and Hospitality Managers NEC – 141999

Hair or Beauty Salon Manager – 142114

Recruitment Consultant – 223112

Building Associate – 312112

Which occupations could be possibly added?

University Tutor – 242112

Psychotherapist – 272314

Property Manager – 612112

Real Estate Agent – 612114

Real Estate Representative – 612115

What does this mean for applicants and employers?

At this point, the announcement of the proposed changes have been made for consultative purposes only before a final decision is made. If any of the proposed changes are implemented, applicants will no longer be able to be nominated for the particular position for work sponsorship.

How can I make a submission to the Department?

If you are an employer and are concerned that the proposed changes may adversely affect your business, it is highly recommended that a submission is made to the Department of Employment by presenting evidence and information on why a certain occupation should remain on the occupation list(s), be included on the occupation list(s), or removed from the occupation list(s).

The submission period will run to 1 December 2017 and submissions can be lodged electronically through the Department’s online survey form.

The link for the submission page is:


If you have any questions regarding the proposed changes, or this consultation process please contact Ethos Migration on 1300 083 843 or via email at


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