Acting Minister for Immigration Alan Tudge has just announced a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) of 17 occupations that will be able to come to Australia to help in the country’s COVID recovery.

“These occupations in the health care, construction and IT sectors will supercharge both our health and economic response to COVID-19.”

This will allow small numbers of sponsored skilled workers to return to Australia to help fill the urgent need for skilled workers in critical sectors to rebuild Australia’s economy. Labour market testing will still be required to be able to sponsor applications in these occupations.

Visa holders, who have been sponsored by an Australia business in one of these eligible PMSOL occupations can request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions, but they will still be subject to a strict 14 days quarantine on arrival at their own expense.

The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are listed here below:

  • 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)

In speaking about this new PMSOL, Alan Tudge said “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.”

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the new list of 17 occupations would be combined by strengthened labour market testing requirements, saying in a statement “In addition to the current requirements of two national advertisements, employers must also advertise their vacancy on the Government’s jobactive website.”

“JobKeeper is keeping many Australians in work and our $1 billion JobTrainer fund will create340,700 new training places, but some sectors still need more skilled workers now. The occupations were chosen after careful analysis of recent changes to the internet vacancy
index, changes in employment, and longer-term stability in the labour market for individual

Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed, but priority will be given to those in occupations on the new PMSOL.

Information about Australia’s travel exemption processes for those in critical skills and sectors is available at:

Or you can give us a call here at Timpson Immigration Lawyers to chat about eligibility on Australia 1300 193 326 | International (+61) 7 3166 9100