The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (457 visas and state sponsored) have been announced for the 2015-16 Financial Year.

Skilled Occupation List

The following occupations have been added to the SOL:

  • Panelbeater 324111
  • Cabinetmaker 394111

While the following occupations have been removed from the SOL:

  • Urban and Regional Planner 232611
  • Dental Specialist 252311
  • Dentist 252312


Accountants remain on the SOL despite rumours to the contrary. However, the skills assessment criteria has been tightened somewhat for Accountants.


Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List

The list remains unchanged except for one occupation- Primary School Teacher (241213). This means that Primary School teachers will no longer be eligible for most state sponsored or 457 employer sponsored visas. However, they remain eligible for RSMS Employer Sponsored visas as well as some state sponsored General Skilled Migration visas depending on circumstances.

Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) and Secondary School Teachers remain on the SOL and CSOL,



To learn about your eligibility or apply for a skilled visa, book a consultation with an experienced registered migration agent at PAX Migration Australia by phoning us on 08 7226 2225 or email at