16 Restricted Occupations

Only open to certain visa programmes

The new occupation lists are complicated. Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Short Term Skilled Occupation List. Some occupations on these lists face caveats under the 457 programme, which we’ve discussed recently.man_in_front_of_maze.jpg

What is not widely understood however is that some occupations on the Long Term list are not eligible for certain visa programmes, including the 457 visa.

Read Occupations with Caveats

The following 16 occupations are restricted:


  • Project builder [133112]
  • Production manager (mining) [133513]
  • Medical administrator [134211]
  • Ship’s engineer [231212]
  • Ship’s master [231213]
  • Ship’s officer [231214]
  • Chemical engineer [233111]
  • Materials engineer [233112]
  • Electronics engineer [233411]
  • Industrial engineer [233511]
  • Production or plant engineer [233513]
  • Civil engineering technician [312212]
  • Telecommunications network planner [313213]
  • Pressure welder [322312]
  • Stonemason [331112]
  • Electrical linesworker [342211]


And are only eligible for the following visa programmes:

  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – Relative sponsored
  • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)


This means that these 16 occupations are not eligible for state sponsorship or employer sponsorship, for example, the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) – state sponsored visa programmes.

We find this a little peculiar and it seems like the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) might be trying to restrict the number of entrants who come in on these occupations. Its peculiar for why is it then they are on the Long Term list at all? Certain occupations, such as the electronics engineers, industrial engineers and production or plant engineers are already under highly competitive pro rated occupation groups. Also recall that in August last year, the Association of Professional Engineers Australia (APEA) requested in a letter to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, that engineering professionals be removed from the occupation lists. We are suspecting that these 16 occupations may be being considered for removal in the revised lists that are set to come out in July 2017 but we will have wait and see what happens.

Read The import of foreign engineering professionals

The recent changes have made a clear pathway to permanent residency a bit more of a maze.  Be careful to check and double check, depending on the visa you intend to be applying for, what caveats or other restrictions may apply. We highly recommend that you speak with experienced agents to navigate your options before embarking on your application.


Related articles:

immiNews: Q&A on the recent changes to the 457/186/187 visas

immiNews: Major Changes in Occupation Lists and Employer Sponsored Visas

Find Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) with caveats

Find Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) with caveats

Find List of Removed Occupations



SBS News: ‘People will pay it’: More details on Australia’s $20,000 parent visa

The Guardian: Labor plans to triple cost of temporary work visas to ensure Australians are hired first

The Australian: Labor party ‘White ad’ under fire


 Karl Konrad

 Managing Director, Australian Immigration Law Services

 MARN 9904238 

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