Here’s the new list of skills and jobs that will help you move to Australia in 2018

 ·8 Feb 2018

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has updated its list of jobs which skilled South Africans can apply for when looking to emigrate.

The jobs are broken down into two categories and fall under either the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short‑term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

To qualify for skilled migration to Australia, you must now nominate an occupation from the MLTSSL. However, if you are applying for skilled migration via nomination by a State or Territory Government (temporary visa); you have the option of nominating an occupation from the STSOL.

A number of these jobs also have additional caveats which typically limit where emigrants can move to in Australia and how much they earn.


South Africans looking to emigrate to Australia and New Zealand were dealt a massive blow earlier in 2017, when the countries’ governments suddenly tightened their visa laws.

In April, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that he would be abolish the country’s popular temporary work visa system and increase the standards of its citizenship test with immediate effect, to promote “Australia first” values.

The new requirements for citizenship will now require candidates to be permanent residents for at least four years (as opposed to the previous one-year requirement), applicants must be competent English speakers, must show a job record and prove they have integrated into the local community.

Turnbull also announced that he would be replacing the country’s popular temporary 457 work visa programme to focus on creating jobs for Australians first.

The result was a culling of more than 200 jobs from the previous list and the release of the new updated MLTSSL and STSOL lists.

You can find the complete updated MLTSSL list for 2018 detailed below. You can find a combined list including STSOL qualifications here.

*indicates jobs marked with a caveat.

Audiologist Metallurgist
Automotive Electrician Meteorologist
Barrister Microbiologist
Biochemist Midwife
Biomedical Engineer Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
Biotechnologist Motor Mechanic (General)
Boat Builder & Repairer Motorcycle Mechanic
Botanist Multimedia Specialist
Bricklayer Musician (Instrumental)
Cabinetmaker Natural and Physical Science Professionals (nec)
Cardiologist Naval Architect
Cardiothoracic Surgeon Neurologist
Carpenter Neurosurgeon
Carpenter & Joiner Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Cartographer Nurse Practitioner
Chef*** Nursing Clinical Director
Chemical Engineer Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Chemist Occupational Therapist
Chief Executive or Managing Director*** Ophthalmologist
Chief Information Officer Optometrist
Child Care Centre Manager Organisational Psychologist
Chiropractor Orthopaedic Surgeon
Civil Engineer Orthotist or Prosthetist
Civil Engineering Draftsperson Osteopath
Civil Engineering Technician Other Spatial Scientist
Clinical Haematologist Otorhinolaryngologist
Clinical Psychologist Paediatric Surgeon
Computer Network & Systems Engineer Paediatrician
Conservator Painting Trades Workers
Construction Project Manager Panelbeater
Corporate General Manager*** Pathologist
Dermatologist Petroleum Engineer
Developer Programmer Physicist
Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist Physiotherapist
Diesel Motor Mechanic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Drainer Plumber (General)
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher Podiatrist
Economist Pressure Welder
Educational Psychologist Primary Health Organisation Manager
Electrical Engineer Production or Plant Engineer
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson Psychiatrist
Electrical Engineering Technician Psychologists (nec)
Electrical Linesworker Quantity Surveyor
Electrician (General) Radiation Oncologist
Electrician (Special Class) Radio Communications Technician
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Electronics Engineer Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)
Emergency Medicine Specialist Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
Endocrinologist Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)
Engineering Manager Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
Engineering Professionals (nec) Registered Nurse (Medical)
Engineering Technologist Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Enrolled Nurse Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
Environmental Consultant Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
Environmental Engineer Registered Nurse (Surgical)
Environmental Manager Registered Nurses (nec)
Environmental Research Scientist Renal Medicine Specialist
Environmental Scientists (nec) Rheumatologist
External Auditor Roof Plumber
Faculty Head Secondary School Teacher
Fibrous Plasterer Sheetmetal Trades Worker
Fitter & Turner Shipwright
Fitter (General) Small Engine Mechanic
Fitter-Welder Social Worker
Food Technologist Software & Applications  Programmers (nec)
Footballer Software Engineer
Forester Solicitor
Gasfitter Solid Plasterer
Gastroenterologist Sonographer
General Practitioner Special Education Teachers (nec)
Geophysicist Special Needs Teacher
Geotechnical Engineer Specialist Physician (General Medicine)
Glazier Specialist Physicians (nec)
Horse Breeder*** Speech Pathologist
Horse trainer Statistician
Hydrogeologist Stonemason
ICT Business Analyst Structural Engineer
ICT Security Specialist Surgeon (General)
Industrial Engineer Surveyor
Intensive Care Specialist Systems Analyst
Internal Auditor Taxation Accountant***
Joiner Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
Land Economist Teacher of the Sight Impaired
Landscape Architect Technical Cable Jointer
Life Scientist (General) Telecommunications Engineer
Life Scientists (nec) Telecommunications Field Engineer
Lift Mechanic Telecommunications Network Engineer
Locksmith Telecommunications Network Planner
Management Accountant*** Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist
Management Consultant*** Thoracic Medicine Specialist
Marine Biologist Transport Engineer
Materials Engineer University Lecturer (Suitable for the position of Research Associate or Research Fellow in a University)***
Mechanical Engineer Urologist
Medical Administrator Valuer
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer Vascular Surgeon
Medical Laboratory Scientist Veterinarian
Medical Oncologist Wall & Floor Tiler
Medical Practitioners (nec) Welder (First Class)
Medical Radiation Therapist Welfare Centre Manager
Metal Machinist (First Class) Zoologist

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