Australian Skilled Occupation List confusion.

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Skilled Occupation List for 190 and 491 visas.

The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) identifies 44 ​occupations which fill critical skills. But note, the list is temporary and priority occupations may change at any time, even after application.

These lists are commonly used for subclasses 190 and 491 applications.

Very straightforward, with little confusion, unless you are applying for a State Nomination visa.

The PMSOL is shown at

Why is it different when applying for a State Nomination visa?

Each state might have different requirements for occupations in demand, in their location.

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Western Australia, for example  uses the WASMOL, instead of the PMSOL.

For example:
Applicants who have a nominated occupation identified on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) or Graduate occupation list (GOL) may be eligible for Western Australian State nomination using one of the following visa subclasses:

• Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190); or

• Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

The WASMOL is available to applicants who intend to use the general stream WASMOL schedule 1 or the general stream WASMOL schedule 2.
The GOL is available for applicants who intend to use the graduate stream.

To determine your eligibility to apply, consult the Criteria for State nomination. lists

Important Note:
The occupations identified on the occupation lists do not represent any guarantee of a job. They only identify occupations that are considered a priority for the State.


Links for the other States.

Queensland State Migration Program.

NSW State Migration Program.

SA State Migration Program.

Victoria State Migration Program.

Tasmania State Migration Program.

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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics.
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