Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

It has been announced that a small number of sponsored skilled workers will be allowed to return to Australia to fill jobs in a select group of urgent roles. There is a lists of 17 occupations. Labeled the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)


The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

• Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)

• Construction Project Manager (133111)

• Mechanical Engineer (233512)

• General Practitioner (253111)

• Resident Medical Officer (253112)

• Psychiatrist (253411)

• Medical Practitioner 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)

• Developer Programmer (261312)

• Software Engineer (261313)

• Maintenance Planner (312911)


These occupations were chosen to support the medical fight against covid-19 and to boost economic recovery by creating further jobs.

“Our priority is getting Australians back into work but we also need key health workers to help fight the virus and skilled migrants who are going to be job multipliers, to help the economy recover,” Mr Tudge (Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure and Acting Minister for Immigration) said.

As the focus is on creating jobs for Australians there will be stricter labour market testing requirements.

“In addition to the current requirements of two national advertisements, employers must also advertise their vacancy on the Government’s jobactive wesbite,” Minister Cash (Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) said.

While other skilled migration applications will still be processed priority will be given to applications from the PMSOL. The PMSOL will be reviewed and updated regularly as the covid-19 situation changes in Australia and globally.


The PMSOL official media release can be seen here