22 job categories will be added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)!

Hi there, we would like to share great news with all of you! Yesterday, the Australian government adjusted the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL), up to 22 job categories have been added to the list. It includes some popular positions such as Accountant, Chefs and Civil Engineers. Continue reading to find out more!

PMSOL update

To attract more critical workers into Australia, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has announced 22 job categories will be added to the PMSOL. After expanding the skills considered priority occupations, more workers may be able to accelerate their migrant visa process.

In addition, it is the first time since World War II, that the net overseas migration of Australia is down to negative levels due to COVID-19 travel and border restrictions.

Mr Hawke said, “The Government will aid Australian business continuously, skilled migration is significant for nation’s economy”. These workers were considered as the key in supporting Australia’s ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In May 2021, the budget report from the government reveals that temporary and permanent migration is expected to gradually return from mid 2022.


Added job categories in PMSOL list

The 22 new occupations are (including ANZSCO codes):

  • Accountant (General) (221111)
  • Accountant (Taxation) (221113)
  • Accountant (Management) (221112)
  • External Auditor (221213)
  • Internal Auditor (221214)
  • Electrical Engineer (233311)
  • Civil Engineer (233211)
  • Structural Engineer (233214)
  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
  • Transport Engineer (233215)
  • Mining Engineer (233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (233612)
  • Surveyor (232212)
  • Cartographer (232213)
  • Other Spatial Scientist (232214)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
  • Orthotist / Prosthetist (251912)
  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)
  • Software and Applications Programmers (261399)
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)
  • Chef (351311)

Source: Australian Government


As a result, there are a total of 41 occupations on the PMSOL. The list was formulated in coordination with National Skills Commission in September, 2020. Currently, the original 19 occupations on the PMSOL are still valid; however, the jobs on the PMSOL list will be given priority.


For the total occupations on the PMSOL , please refer to the following website:




PMSOL list could be adopted to which situation?

  • Employer Nomination Scheme
    PMSOL list is mainly applying for the Employer Nomination Scheme. It not only allows you to get priority to apply for migration to Australia; if you are an offshore applicant, you may be eligible to apply for exemption to enter Australia (494/482 visa).
  • State Nomination (for some state only)

PMSOL list is also utilised by some states in Australia. For instance, the Queensland government mentioned an applicant of Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190), whose occupation must be on the PMSOL.


Furthermore, when each state formulates State Nomination details, they are likely to refer to PMSOL as well.


What great news! For those students who work for competitive PMSOL occupations (such as Accountant) , besides applying for Skilled Independent visa and State Nomination, you could also consider the Employer Nomination Scheme.


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