Changes in 2016/17 SOL/CSOL Lists | EMSA Australia

Changes in 2016 – 2017 SOL/CSOL lists explained by a Migration agent

SOL - CSOL list 2015 2016

Hello to all you aspiring migrants to oz. 

As most of you may be aware, every year we expect some changes in immigration and usually, the month of July brings some major changes. The Department of Immigration and Border protection has now released the NEW Skilled Occupations List (SOL) which will come into force on 1st July 2016. 

There are some major changes with 9 occupations being removed and 2 occupations being added. Below is an overview of the changes:

Occupations removed

  • Mining Engineer            233611
  • Petroleum Engineer      233612
  • Metallurgist                   234912
  • Environmental Health Officer                    251311
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer    251312
  • Dental Hygienist            411211
  • Dental Prosthetist          411212
  • Dental Technician           411213
  • Dental Therapist            411214


Occupations added

  • Orthotist or Prosthetist    251912
  • Audiologist                         252711

Some other occupations such as accountant and IT are still in the main list. This means new candidates could apply and get residency under the Skilled Independent Visa.

The new skilled occupation list (SOL) and consolidated occupation list (CSOL) can be found by clicking on the links below. There is also a brief overview of what each list means:

If you have an occupation on the main skilled occupation list, then providing you meet skills assessment requirements and the points necessary, you can apply for independent residency to Australia. This is the most important list in the skilled migration program.

  • Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (click here)

The consolidated skilled occupation list is another important list. If you have an occupation on this list, then you may be eligible for state sponsorship (each state chooses occupations from this list), temporary employer sponsorship (457), research and trainee visas (402) or permanent employer sponsorship (186).


For more information or a personal consultation, please contact EMSA today.

Please call us to 07 3733 1566 or [email protected]

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