457 visa changes new 482 TSS visa

New Skilled Work Visa – Please see bottom of page for skilled occupation lists MTSSL, STSOL, ROL

Due to large scale abuse of the temporary skilled visa program, the subclass 457 visa has been repealed as of 18th March 2018. After surprise announcements on the 18th April 2017, the promised Australian work visa changes have been put in place with the introduction of the subclass 482 ‘TSS’ (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa, as of 18th March 2018.

Check our table below for the permanent residency occupations on the MTSSL – Medium Long Term Strategic Skills List

457 visa History

The 457 visa was implemented in 1985, by offering skilled international workers and international students an opportunity to stay in Australia, working within their qualified occupation via pathways such as the temporary graduate stream. Although effective by providing temporary skilled workers for businesses at times of boom and busts, the 457 has been subject to systematic abuse by business and workers by also removing positive outcomes for Australian workers.

After the 457 program was revealed to have such major flaws, on the 18th of April 2018, the then Department of Immigration and Border Protection, or DIBP (now known as ‘Home Affairs’) and then Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has reworked the system with the intention of strengthening the Australian domestic job market.

Now that the new subclass 482 TSS (Temporary skill shortage visa changes) is in place, it is best to update you on some of the strict requirements and if there is any pathways to permanent residency. Please note: This post is for educational purposes only at the time of writing, and is not considered professional migration advice.

Skilled occupation lists

Along with the implementation of the new TSS visa, changes to the skilled occupation lists and minimum requirements of work experience for eligibility, we note that the regulations for the subclass 186 and subclass 187 regional skilled migration visa (RSMS) have also changed.

Visa Changes to Australian skilled visas

  • 457 visa abolished 18th March 2018
  • Changes to skilled occupation lists
  • TSS eligibility – Must have 2 years experience (or 5 years equivalent if no formal qualification). This affects subclass 485 temporary graduate visa
  • No pathway to permanent residency for those not on MTSSL (medium long term strategic skills list)
  • New Regional skilled occupation list (ROL) or Regional occupation list
  • New STSOL list, has no eligibility for permanent residency unless with 190 or 489 (state sponsorship or regional state sponsorship 489)
  • New MTSSL (medium long term skill shortage list) which has new caveats.
  • Must have skill assessment along with evidence of 3 years work experience
  • Minimum 3 years on TSS visa to transition into permanent residency  (RSMS and subclass 186)
  • Minimum 3 years experience after qualifications for 186, 187 direct entry.
  • Significant decrease in subclass 189 skilled independent visa invitations
  • TSS has only 2 year grant duration for those with occupations on STSOL, (otherwise 4 years based on time of application for those on medium long term list – MTSSL)
  • TSS can only apply 2 times onshore if on short term list.
  • New GTE (genuine temporary entrant) requirements for those with occupations on the short term list.
  • Labour agreements subject to Labour Market testing (unless an International trade obligation applies)

If you need assistance, please complete our questionnaire in full.

Also, if you have a refusal for an existing visa or nomination  for a genuine role, need a skill assessment, or professional migration advice for your visa options, please contact us for an appointment on +61402430985


  • construction project manager
    engineering manager
    child care centre manager
    nursing clinical director
    primary health organisation manager
    welfare centre manager
    accountant (general)
    management accountant
    taxation accountant
    external auditor
    internal auditor
    land economist
    management consultant
    landscape architect
    other spatial scientist
    chemical engineer
    materials engineer
    civil engineer
    geotechnical engineer
    quantity surveyor
    structural engineer
    transport engineer
    electrical engineer
    electronics engineer
    industrial engineer
    mechanical engineer
    production or plant engineer
    aeronautical engineer
    agricultural engineer
    biomedical engineer
    engineering technologist
    environmental engineer
    naval architect
    agricultural consultant
    agricultural scientist
    medical laboratory scientist
    physicist (medical physicist only)
    early childhood (pre‑primary school) teacher
    secondary school teacher
    special needs teacher
    teacher of the hearing impaired
    teacher of the sight impaired
    special education teachers (nec)
    medical diagnostic radiographer
    medical radiation therapist
    nuclear medicine technologist
    orthotist or prosthetist
    occupational therapist
    speech pathologist
    general practitioner
    specialist physician (general medicine)
    clinical haematologist
    medical oncologist
    intensive care specialist
    renal medicine specialist
    thoracic medicine specialist
    specialist physicians (nec)
    surgeon (general)
    cardiothoracic surgeon
    orthopaedic surgeon
    paediatric surgeon
    plastic and reconstructive surgeon
    vascular surgeon
    emergency medicine specialist
    obstetrician and gynaecologist
    diagnostic and interventional radiologist
    radiation oncologist
    medical practitioners (nec)
    nurse practitioner
    registered nurse (aged care)
    registered nurse (child and family health)
    registered nurse (community health)
    registered nurse (critical care and emergency)
    registered nurse (developmental disability)
    registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)
    registered nurse (medical)
    registered nurse (medical practice)
    registered nurse (mental health)
    registered nurse (perioperative)
    registered nurse (surgical)
    registered nurse (paediatrics)
    registered nurses (nec)
    ICT business analyst
    systems analyst
    analyst programmer
    developer programmer
    software engineer
    ICT security specialist
    computer network and systems engineer
    telecommunications engineer
    telecommunications network engineer
    clinical psychologist
    educational psychologist
    organisational psychologist
    psychologists (nec)
    social worker
    civil engineering draftsperson
    civil engineering technician
    electrical engineering draftsperson
    electrical engineering technician
    radio communications technician
    telecommunications field engineer
    telecommunications network planner
    telecommunications technical officer or technologist
    automotive electrician
    motor mechanic (general)
    diesel motor mechanic
    motorcycle mechanic
    small engine mechanic
    sheetmetal trades worker
    metal fabricator
    pressure welder
    welder (first class)
    fitter (general)
    fitter and turner
    metal machinist (first class)
    carpenter and joiner
    painting trades worker
    fibrous plasterer
    solid plasterer
    wall and floor tiler
    plumber (general)
    airconditioning and mechanical services plumber
    roof plumber
    electrician (general)
    electrician (special class)
    lift mechanic
    airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic
    technical cable jointer
    electronic equipment trades worker
    electronic instrument trades worker (general)
    electronic instrument trades worker (special class)
    boat builder and repairer
    Short- term Skilled Occupation List Occupation aquaculture farmer cotton grower flower grower fruit or nut grower grain, oilseed or pasture grower (Aus) / field crop grower (NZ) grape grower mixed crop farmer sugar cane grower vegetable grower (Aus) / market gardener (NZ) crop farmers (nec) apiarist beef cattle farmer dairy cattle farmer mixed livestock farmer pig farmer poultry farmer sheep farmer livestock farmers (nec) mixed crop and livestock farmer sales and marketing manager advertising manager corporate services manager finance manager human resource manager research and development manager manufacturer production manager (forestry) production manager (manufacturing) production manager (mining) supply and distribution manager health and welfare services managers (nec) school principal education managers (nec) ICT project manager ICT managers (nec) arts administrator or manager laboratory manager quality assurance manager specialist managers (nec) except: (a) ambassador; or (b) archbishop; or (c) bishop cafe or restaurant manager hotel or motel manager accommodation and hospitality managers (nec) customer service manager conference and event organiser transport company manager facilities manager dancer or choreographer music director music professionals (nec) photographer visual arts and crafts professionals (nec) artistic director book or script editor director (film, television, radio or stage) film and video editor program director (television or radio) stage manager technical director video producer copywriter newspaper or periodical editor print journalist technical writer television journalist journalists and other writers (nec) company secretary commodities trader finance broker insurance broker financial brokers (nec) financial market dealer stockbroking dealer financial dealers (nec) financial investment adviser financial investment manager recruitment consultant ICT trainer mathematician gallery or museum curator health information manager records manager librarian organisation and methods analyst patents examiner information and organisation professionals (nec) advertising specialist marketing specialist ICT account manager ICT business development manager ICT sales representative public relations professional technical sales representatives (nec) including education sales representatives fashion designer industrial designer jewellery designer graphic designer illustrator web designer interior designer urban and regional planner geologist primary school teacher middle school teacher (Aus) / intermediate school teacher (NZ) education adviser art teacher (private tuition) dance teacher (private tuition) music teacher (private tuition) private tutors and teachers (nec) teacher of English to speakers of other languages dietitian nutritionist occupational health and safety adviser orthoptist hospital pharmacist industrial pharmacist retail pharmacist health promotion officer health diagnostic and promotion professionals (nec) acupuncturist naturopath traditional Chinese medicine practitioner complementary health therapists (nec) dental specialist dentist resident medical officer anaesthetist nurse educator nurse researcher nurse manager web developer software tester database administrator systems administrator network administrator network analyst ICT quality assurance engineer ICT support engineer ICT systems test engineer ICT support and test engineers (nec) judicial and other legal professionals (nec) careers counsellor drug and alcohol counsellor family and marriage counsellor rehabilitation counsellor student counsellor counsellors (nec) psychotherapist interpreter social professionals (nec) recreation officer welfare worker anaesthetic technician cardiac technician medical laboratory technician pharmacy technician medical technicians (nec) meat inspector primary products inspectors (nec) chemistry technician earth science technician life science technician science technicians (nec) architectural draftsperson building inspector architectural, building and surveying technicians (nec) mechanical engineering technician metallurgical or materials technician mine deputy hardware technician ICT customer support officer web administrator ICT support technicians (nec) farrier aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics) aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical) aircraft maintenance engineer (structures) textile, clothing and footwear mechanic metal fitters and machinists (nec) precision instrument maker and repairer watch and clock maker and repairer toolmaker vehicle body builder vehicle trimmer roof tiler business machine mechanic cabler (data and telecommunications) telecommunications linesworker baker pastrycook butcher or smallgoods maker cook dog handler or trainer animal attendants and trainers (nec) veterinary nurse florist gardener (general) arborist landscape gardener greenkeeper hairdresser print finisher printing machinist dressmaker or tailor upholsterer furniture finisher wood machinist wood machinists and other wood trades workers (nec) chemical plant operator power generation plant operator library technician jeweller camera operator (film, television or video) make up artist sound technician performing arts technicians (nec) signwriter ambulance officer intensive care ambulance paramedic dental technician diversional therapist enrolled nurse massage therapist community worker disabilities services officer family support worker residential care officer youth worker diving instructor (open water) gymnastics coach or instructor horse riding coach or instructor snowsport instructor swimming coach or instructor tennis coach other sports coach or instructor sports development officer footballer sportspersons (nec) contract administrator program or project administrator insurance loss adjuster insurance agent retail buyer
    Regional Occupations List
    Column 1
    horse breeder
    public relations manager
    policy and planning manager
    project builder
    procurement manager
    medical administrator
    regional education manager
    sports administrator
    caravan park and camping ground manager
    post office manager
    amusement centre manager
    fitness centre manager
    sports centre manager
    cinema or theatre manager
    financial institution branch manager
    human resource adviser
    workplace relations adviser
    policy analyst
    liaison officer
    market research analyst
    aeroplane pilot
    flying instructor
    helicopter pilot
    ship’s master
    multimedia designer
    wine maker
    conservation officer
    exercise physiologist
    vocational education teacher
    environmental health officer
    intellectual property lawyer
    community arts worker
    agricultural technician
    operating theatre technician
    pathology collector
    construction estimator
    surveying or spatial science technician
    mechanical engineering draftsperson
    safety inspector
    maintenance planner
    building and engineering technicians (nec)
    vehicle painter
    floor finisher
    electrical linesworker
    gas or petroleum operator
    dental hygienist
    dental therapist
    emergency service worker
    driving instructor
    funeral workers (nec)
    flight attendant
    first aid trainer
    clinical coder
    property manager
    real estate representative


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