Critical Skills Required in Australia

Update March 2010

Getting critical skills to the right areas of Australia is imperative to the economy especially as it looks like Australia is one of the few developed countries to have avoided falling into a recession. The Australian employment rate continues to rise beyond all predictions as levels increased for a third month to November. Full time employment has also continued to see the biggest increase of 30,800 and part-time employment increasing by just 400 in November alone. Many regions are heavily dependent on attracting skilled migrants in order to continue growing their economies in this way.

In order to fill skill shortages as quickly and efficiently as possible the government now produce a critical skills list which identifies those occupations particularly in demand Australia wide. Visa applications of individuals with these occupations are being processed as a priority.

The critical skills list will remain in place  and give priority processing to applicants with an occupation listed until mid-2010 when a new SOL list is being released to replace the critical skills list and MODL list which has was withdrawn on 8th february 2010.

If you wish to find out if you are eligible for a priority Australian skilled visa visit our Portal to take our visa assessment online learn more.

The critical skills list is updated as necessary and the latest changes were made on 16th March 2009.

Please find details of the critical Skill occupations below.

Critical Skills list Australia

  • Anaesthetist
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Equipment Trades
  • Emergency Medicine Specialist
  • Engineer - Chemical
  • Engineer - Civil
  • Engineer - Electrical
  • Engineer - Electronics
  • Engineer - Mechanical
  • Engineer - Mining
  • Engineer - Production or Plant Engineer
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Avionics
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Mechanical
  • Gasfitter
  • General Medical Practitioner
  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist (Hospital)
  • Pharmacist (Retail)
  • Physiotherapist
  •  Podiatrist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • Registered Nurse
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Specialist Medical Practitioners NEC
  • Specialist Physician
  • Surgeon
  • Surveyor
  • Urban & Regional Planner
  • Wall and Floor Tiler
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Sonographer
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Paediatrician
  • Pathologist
  • Radiologist
  • Accountant -- where the applicant has achieved a score of at least IELTS 7 in each of the four competencies, and/or has completed The Professional Year Skilled Migration Internship Program Accounting (SMIPA)
  • Computing Professional specialising in CISSP*
  • Computing Professional specialising in C++/C#/C*
  • Computing Professional specialising in Data Warehousing
  • Computing Professional specialising in Java*
  • Computing Professional specialising in J2EE*
  • Computing Professional Linux
  • Computing Professional .Net technologies*
  • Computing Professional specialising in Network Security/Firewall/Internet Security*
  • Computing Professional specialising in Oracle*
  • Computing Professional specialising in PeopleSoft*
  • Computing Professional specialising in SAP*
  • Computing Professional specialising in SIEBEL* (especially Siebel Analytic)
  • Computing Professional Solaris*
  • Computing Professional Unix*

*Important: If you nominate one of the above specialist computing occupations, you will only receive priority processing if your skills assessment from the relevant Australian assessing body the Australian Computer Society

The information on this critical skills list is taken from the DIAC website. More information can be found at

If you have an occupation on the Australian critical skills list and wish to find a job in Australia Go to out Portal today to access our job portal learn more.