Every year the Department of Immigration and Border Protection releases two lists of occupations that determine whether you can enter into the country under any of the skilled visas (189, 190, 457, 186, 187, 489) or the occupational trainee visa (402).
The first list is called the SOL (Skilled Occupation List). This document enlists occupation that are highly in demand in Australia. If you find your role in this list and you pass the migration points requirement (60 points for this financial year), then you can apply for a Permanent Residency visa independently.
CSOL stands for the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List. This list includes the roles on SOL and all other occupations that are also in demand in Australia. If you find your occupation in CSOL and not on SOL, then you will need an employer or a state sponsor before you can apply for a PR visa even if you have passed the required migration points.
Changes for this financial year (July 2015-June 2016)
- Urban and Regional Planner 232611
- Dental Specialist 252311 (moved to Sch 2)
- Dentist 252312 (moved to Sch 2)
- Panelbeater 324111
- Cabinetmaker 394111
Skills assessing authority removed
- Panelbeater 324111 (moved to Sch 1)
- Cabinetmaker 394111 (moved to Sch 1)
- Dental Specialist 252311
Here’s the link to the update lists: