Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

Australia requires skilled workers. To address Australia’s economic recovery from COVID 19 the Australian government has recently created a Priority Skilled Migration List.

Recently an additional 22 occupations were added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List, referred to as the Priority List.

So why is this important?


Employer-sponsored nomination and visa applications with an occupation on the Priority List will be given priority processing.

All other skilled occupation lists will remain active, but occupations on the Priority List will be given priority processing.

Priority processing of Employer-sponsored nomination and visa applications for certain critical skills currently needed applies only to the following employer-sponsored visa subclasses:

  • The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)​
  • The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)
  • The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186)​ 
  • And the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)

While Australia’s border restrictions remain in place, temporary visa holders must obtain a travel exemption before travelling to Australia. If your skill is on the Priority List and you are applying for a temporary work-sponsored visa, it is
beneficial to obtain a travel exemption to enter Australia.

Which Critical Skills on the Priority List will get priority processing for Employer
sponsored Visa?


The Priority List identifies 44 occupations that fill critical skills needed to support Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

Occupations on the Priority List include:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Accountant (General) (221111)
  • Management Accountant (221112)
  • Taxation Accountant (221113)
  • External Auditor (221213)
  • Internal Auditor (221214)
  • Surveyor (232212)
  • Cartographer (232213)
  • Other Spatial Scientist (232214)
  • Civil Engineer (233211)
  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
  • Structural Engineer (233214)
  • Transport Engineer (233215)
  • Electrical Engineer (233311)
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (233612)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
  • Veterinarian (234711)
  • Hospital Pharmacist (251511)*
  • Industrial Pharmacist (251512)*
  • Retail Pharmacist (251513)*
  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (251912)
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioners nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399)
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)
  • Social Worker (272511)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)
  • Chef (351311)

If you are an Australian Employer and want to sponsor a skilled employee, then please contact us for a consultation.

If you have any of the skills listed in the PMSOL and want to get a visa grant to live and work in Australia? Do you need assistance with Travel Exemptions to Australia?

OR are you currently in Australia and looking to remain here with a possible pathway to permanent residency?

As immigration solicitors, we focus on handling complex migration issues and enjoy a good success rating in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Circuit Court, and the Federal Court of Australia.

Please contact Stephens And Tozer Solicitors if you are looking to enter or stay in Australia.

If you are currently in Australia, we can design you a unique pathway to permanent residency.


    Here at Stephens & Tozer, we have experience in Global Talent visas. We are happy to assess your eligibility followed by a confidential consultation with one of solicitors.

    If the above-mentioned sectors don’t apply to you, please contact us as there are other pathways to permanent residency in Australia.

    At Stephens Tozer Solicitors the Migration Team offers its clients many years of expertise. We are able to win complicated matters at the AAT and FCC. This is why we stand out.