FULL LIST: All the jobs abolished from the 457 visa scheme

Angus Kidman 19 April 2017 NEWS


Which occupations are off the list, and which ones still qualify for a skilled migration visa?

Yesterday the Federal Government announced plans to eliminate the current 457 visa scheme which allows businesses to employ skilled workers from overseas in specific occupations.

The 457 visa will be replaced with two new visas: a short-term visa for two years, and a "medium-term" four-year visa. Applicants for the latter can eventually qualify for permanent residency, but must satisfy a tougher series of tests, including a minimum salary and a three-year minimum residency before applying for permanent residency.

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A total of 268 occupations qualify for the two-year visa, while 167 qualify for the four-year visa. The rules for the 457 visa cover 651 occupations, which means that 216 occupations are now no longer eligible for any kind of skilled migration visa.

The lists below show the 216 occupations which have been dropped altogether (marked with a cross), along with the remaining occupations which still potentially qualify for short or long-term visa applicants (marked with a tick). Type a search term in the box to look for specific roles.

Note: On 1 July 2017, the occupations lists were updated further, and more occupations were dropped. You can find the 216 occupations initially dropped below, or can learn more about the visa changes here.

Occupation Status
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker No
Accountant (General) Yes
Actor No
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers nec No
Actuary Yes
Acupuncturist Yes
Advertising Manager Yes
Advertising Specialist Yes
Aeronautical Engineer Yes
Aeroplane Pilot No
Agricultural Consultant Yes
Agricultural Engineer Yes
Agricultural Scientist Yes
Agricultural Technician Yes
Air Traffic Controller No
Air Transport Professionals nec No
Airconditioning & Mechanical Services Plumber Yes
Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic Yes
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) No
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) Yes
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures) Yes
Ambassador Yes
Ambulance Officer Yes
Amusement Centre Manager No
Anaesthetic Technician Yes
Anaesthetist Yes
Analyst Programmer Yes
Animal Attendants & Trainers (nec) Yes
Antique Dealer No
Apiarist Yes
Apparel Cutter No
Aquaculture Farmer Yes
Arborist Yes
Archaeologist No
Archbishop Yes
Architect Yes
Architectural Draftsperson Yes
Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians (nec) Yes
Archivist No
Art Director (Film, Television or Stage) No
Art Teacher (Private Tuition) Yes
Artistic Director No
Arts Administrator or Manager Yes
Auctioneer No
Audiologist Yes
Author No
Automotive Electrician Yes
Baker Yes
Barrister Yes
Bed and Breakfast Operator No
Beef Cattle Farmer Yes
Betting agency Manager No
Biochemist No
Biomedical Engineer Yes
Biotechnologist No
Bishop Yes
Blacksmith No
Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator No
Boat Builder & Repairer Yes
Book or Script Editor Yes
Botanist Yes
Bricklayer Yes
Broadcast Transmitter Operator No
Building and Engineering Technicians nec No
Building Associate Yes
Building Inspector Yes
Business Broker No
Business Machine Mechanic Yes
Butcher or Smallgoods Maker No
Cabinetmaker Yes
Cabler (Data & Telecommunications) Yes
Cafe or Restaurant Manager Yes
Call or Contact Centre Manager No
Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video) Yes
Canvas Goods Fabricator No
Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager No
Cardiac Technician Yes
Cardiologist Yes
Cardiothoracic Surgeon Yes
Careers Counsellor Yes
Carpenter Yes
Carpenter & Joiner Yes
Cartographer Yes
Chef Yes
Chemical Engineer No
Chemical Plant Operator Yes
Chemist Yes
Chemistry Technician Yes
Chief Executive or Managing Director Yes
Chief Information Officer Yes
Child Care Centre Manager Yes
Chiropractor Yes
Cinema or Theatre Manager No
Civil Engineer Yes
Civil Engineering Draftsperson Yes
Civil Engineering Technician No
Clinical Coder No
Clinical Haematologist Yes
Clinical Psychologist Yes
Clothing Patternmaker No
Clothing Trades Workers nec No
Commissioned Defence Force Officer No
Commissioned Fire Officer No
Commissioned Police Officer No
Commodities Trader Yes
Communications Operator No
Community Arts Worker No
Community Worker Yes
Company Secretary Yes
Complementary Health Therapists (nec) Yes
Composer No
Computer Network & Systems Engineer Yes
Conference & Event Organiser Yes
Conservation Officer No
Conservator Yes
Construction Estimator No
Construction Project Manager Yes
Contract Administrator Yes
Conveyancer No
Cook Yes
Copywriter Yes
Corporate General Manager Yes
Corporate Services Manager Yes
Corporate Treasurer No
Cotton Grower Yes
Counsellors (nec) Yes
Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) / Court Collections Officer (NZ) No
Crop Farmers (nec) Yes
Customer Service Manager Yes
Dairy Cattle Farmer Yes
Dance Teacher (Private Tuition) Yes
Dancer or Choreographer Yes
Database Administrator Yes
Deer Farmer No
Defence Force Member - Other Ranks No
Defence Force Senior Officer No
Dental Hygienist No
Dental Prosthetist No
Dental Specialist Yes
Dental Technician Yes
Dental Therapist No
Dentist Yes
Dermatologist Yes
Detective No
Developer Programmer Yes
Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist Yes
Diesel Motor Mechanic Yes
Dietitian Yes
Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) Yes
Director of Photography No
Disabilities Services Officer Yes
Diver No
Diversional Therapist Yes
Diving Instructor (Open Water) Yes
Dog Handler or Trainer Yes
Dog or Horse Racing Official No
Drainer Yes
Drama Teacher (Private Tuition) No
Dressmaker or Tailor No
Driller No
Driving Instructor No
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor Yes
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher Yes
Earth Science Technician Yes
Economist Yes
Education Adviser Yes
Education Managers (nec) Yes
Education Reviewer No
Educational Psychologist Yes
Electorate Officer No
Electrical Engineer Yes
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson Yes
Electrical Engineering Technician Yes
Electrical Linesworker (Aus) / Electrical Line Mechanic (NZ) No
Electrician (General) Yes
Electrician (Special Class) Yes
Electronic Engineering Draftsperson No
Electronic Engineering Technician No
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker Yes
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) Yes
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) Yes
Electronics Engineer No
Electroplater No
Emergency Medicine Specialist Yes
Emergency Service Worker No
Endocrinologist Yes
Engineering Manager Yes
Engineering Patternmaker No
Engineering Professionals (nec) Yes
Engineering Technologist Yes
Engraver No
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Entertainer or Variety Artist No
Environmental Consultant Yes
Environmental Engineer Yes
Environmental Health Officer No
Environmental Manager Yes
Environmental Research Scientist Yes
Environmental Scientists (nec) Yes
Equipment Hire Manager Yes
Exercise Physiologist No
External Auditor Yes
Facilities Manager Yes
Faculty Head Yes
Family & Marriage Counsellor Yes
Family Support Worker Yes
Farrier Yes
Fashion Designer Yes
Fibrous Plasterer Yes
Film & Video Editor Yes
Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors nec No
Finance Broker Yes
Finance Manager Yes
Financial Brokers (nec) Yes
Financial Dealers (nec) Yes
Financial Institution Branch Manager No
Financial Investment Adviser Yes
Financial Investment Manager Yes
Financial Market Dealer Yes
Fire Fighter No
Fire Protection Equipment Technician No
First Aid Trainer No
Fisheries Officer No
Fitness Centre Manager Yes
Fitter & Turner Yes
Fitter (General) Yes
Fitter-Welder Yes
Fleet Manager Yes
Flight Attendant No
Floor Finisher No
Florist Yes
Flower Grower Yes
Flying Instructor No
Food Technologist No
Footballer Yes
Forester Yes
Fruit or Nut Grower Yes
Funeral Director No
Funeral Workers nec No
Furniture Finisher Yes
Futures Trader No
Gallery or Museum Curator Yes
Gallery or Museum Technician No
Gardener (General) Yes
Gas or Petroleum Operator No
Gasfitter Yes
Gastroenterologist Yes
General Practitioner Yes
Geologist Yes
Geophysicist No
Geotechnical Engineer Yes
Glazier Yes
Goat Farmer No
Golfer No
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus) / Field Crop Grower (NZ) Yes
Grape Grower Yes
Graphic Designer Yes
Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker No
Greenkeeper Yes
Gunsmith No
Gymnastics Coach or Instructor Yes
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager Yes
Hairdresser Yes
Hardware Technician Yes
Health & Welfare Services Managers (nec) Yes
Health Diagnostic & Promotion Professionals (nec) Yes
Health Information Manager Yes
Health Promotion Officer Yes
Helicopter Pilot No
Historian No
Homoeopath No
Horse Breeder Yes
Horse Riding Coach or Instructor Yes
Horse Trainer No
Hospital Pharmacist Yes
Hotel or Motel Manager Yes
Human Resource Adviser No
Human Resource Manager Yes
Hydrogeologist No
Hydrographer No
ICT Account Manager Yes
ICT Business Analyst Yes
ICT Business Development Manager Yes
ICT Customer Support Officer Yes
ICT Managers (nec) Yes
ICT Project Manager Yes
ICT Quality Assurance Engineer Yes
ICT Sales Representative Yes
ICT Security Specialist Yes
ICT Support and Test Engineers nec No
ICT Support Engineer Yes
ICT Support Technicians nec No
ICT Systems Test Engineer Yes
ICT Trainer Yes
Illustrator Yes
Importer or Exporter No
Industrial Designer Yes
Industrial Engineer No
Industrial Pharmacist Yes
Information and Organisation Professionals (nec) Yes
Insurance Agent Yes
Insurance Broker Yes
Insurance Investigator No
Insurance Loss Adjuster Yes
Insurance Risk Surveyor No
Intellectual Property Lawyer No
Intelligence Officer No
Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic Yes
Intensive Care Specialist Yes
Interior Decorator No
Interior Designer Yes
Internal Auditor Yes
Interpreter Yes
Jeweller Yes
Jewellery Designer Yes
Jockey No
Joiner Yes
Journalists & Other Writers (nec) Yes
Judge No
Judicial & Other Legal Professionals (nec) Yes
Kennel Hand No
Laboratory Manager Yes
Land Economist Yes
Landscape Architect Yes
Landscape Gardener Yes
Leather Goods Maker No
Legal Executive No
Liaison Officer No
Librarian Yes
Library Technician Yes
Licensed Club Manager No
Life Science Technician Yes
Life Scientist (General) No
Life Scientists nec No
Lift Mechanic Yes
Light Technician No
Livestock Farmers (nec) Yes
Locksmith Yes
Magistrate No
Maintenance Planner No
Make Up Artist Yes
Management Accountant Yes
Management Consultant Yes
Manufacturer Yes
Marine Biologist Yes
Marine Surveyor No
Marine Transport Professionals nec No
Market Research Analyst No
Marketing Specialist Yes
Massage Therapist Yes
Master Fisher No
Materials Engineer No
Mathematician Yes
Meat Inspector Yes
Mechanical Engineer Yes
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson No
Mechanical Engineering Technician Yes
Media Producer (excluding Video) No
Medical Administrator (Aus) / Medical Superintendent (NZ) No
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer Yes
Medical Laboratory Scientist Yes
Medical Laboratory Technician Yes
Medical Oncologist Yes
Medical Practitioners (nec) Yes
Medical Radiation Therapist Yes
Medical Technicians (nec) Yes
Metal Casting Trades Worker No
Metal Fabricator Yes
Metal Fitters & Machinists (nec) Yes
Metal Machinist (First Class) Yes
Metal Polisher No
Metallurgical or Materials Technician Yes
Metallurgist No
Meteorologist Yes
Microbiologist No
Middle School Teacher (Aus) / Intermediate School Teacher (NZ) Yes
Midwife Yes
Migration Agent (Aus) No
Mine Deputy Yes
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) Yes
Minister of Religion* Yes
Mixed Crop & Livestock Farmer Yes
Mixed Crop Farmer Yes
Mixed Livestock Farmer Yes
Mothercraft Nurse No
Motor Mechanic (General) Yes
Motorcycle Mechanic Yes
Multimedia Designer No
Multimedia Specialist Yes
Music Director No
Music Professionals nec No
Music Teacher (Private Tuition) Yes
Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer No
Musician (Instrumental) Yes
Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec No
Naturopath Yes
Naval Architect Yes
Network Administrator Yes
Network Analyst Yes
Neurologist Yes
Neurosurgeon Yes
Newspaper or Periodical Editor Yes
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Yes
Nurse Educator Yes
Nurse Manager Yes
Nurse Practitioner Yes
Nurse Researcher No
Nurseryperson No
Nursing Clinical Director Yes
Nutritionist Yes
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Yes
Occupational Health and Safety Adviser Yes
Occupational Therapist Yes
Operating Theatre Technician No
Ophthalmologist Yes
Optical Dispenser (Aus) / Dispensing Optician (NZ) No
Optical Mechanic No
Optometrist Yes
Organisation & Methods Analyst Yes
Organisational Psychologist Yes
Orthopaedic Surgeon Yes
Orthoptist Yes
Orthotist or Prosthetist Yes
Osteopath Yes
Other Spatial Scientist Yes
Other Sports Coach or Instructor Yes
Other Sports Official No
Otorhinolaryngologist Yes
Paediatric Surgeon Yes
Paediatrician Yes
Painter (Visual Arts) No
Painting Trades Workers Yes
Panelbeater Yes
Park Ranger No
Parole or Probation Officer No
Pastrycook Yes
Patents Examiner Yes
Pathologist Yes
Pathology Collector (Aus) / Phlebotomist (NZ) No
Performing Arts Technicians (nec) Yes
Petroleum Engineer No
Pharmacy Technician Yes
Photographer Yes
Physicist Yes
Physicist (Medical Physicist only) Yes
Physiotherapist Yes
Picture Framer Yes
Pig Farmer Yes
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Yes
Plastics Technician No
Plumber (General) Yes
Plumbing Inspector No
Podiatrist Yes
Police Officer No
Policy Analyst No
Policy and Planning Manager No
Post Office Manager Yes
Potter or ceramic artist No
Poultry Farmer Yes
Power Generation Plant Operator Yes
Precision Instrument Maker & Repairer Yes
Pressure Welder No
Primary Health Organisation Manager Yes
Primary Products Inspectors (nec) Yes
Primary School Teacher Yes
Print Finisher Yes
Print Journalist Yes
Printing Machinist Yes
Prison Officer No
Private Tutors & Teachers (nec) Yes
Procurement Manager No
Production Manager (Forestry) Yes
Production Manager (Manufacturing) No
Production Manager (Mining) No
Production or Plant Engineer No
Program Director (Television or Radio) Yes
Program or Project Administrator Yes
Project Builder No
Property Manager Yes
Psychiatrist Yes
Psychologists (nec) Yes
Psychotherapist Yes
Public Relations Manager No
Public Relations Professional Yes
Quality Assurance Manager Yes
Quantity Surveyor Yes
Quarantine Officer No
Radiation Oncologist Yes
Radio Communications Technician Yes
Radio Journalist No
Radio Presenter No
Railway Station Manager No
Real Estate Agency Principal Yes
Real Estate Agent Yes
Real Estate Representative Yes
Records Manager Yes
Recreation Officer Yes
Recruitment Consultant Yes
Regional Education Manager No
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) Yes
Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health) Yes
Registered Nurse (Community Health) Yes
Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency) Yes
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) Yes
Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation) Yes
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) Yes
Registered Nurse (Medical) Yes
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) Yes
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) Yes
Registered Nurse (Perioperative) Yes
Registered Nurse (Surgical) Yes
Registered Nurses (nec) Yes
Rehabilitation Counsellor Yes
Renal Medicine Specialist Yes
Research and Development Manager No
Resident Medical Officer Yes
Residential Care Officer Yes
Retail Buyer No
Retail Pharmacist Yes
Retirement Village Manager No
Rheumatologist Yes
Roof Plumber Yes
Roof Tiler Yes
Safety Inspector No
Sail Maker No
Sales & Marketing Manager Yes
Sales Representative (Industrial Products) No
Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products) No
Saw Maker and Repairer No
School Laboratory Technician No
School Principal Yes
Science Technicians (nec) Yes
Screen Printer No
Sculptor No
Secondary School Teacher Yes
Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member No
Shearer No
Sheep Farmer Yes
Sheetmetal Trades Worker Yes
Ship's Engineer No
Ship's Master No
Ship's Officer No
Shipwright Yes
Shoemaker No
Signwriter Yes
Singer No
Small Engine Mechanic Yes
Small Offset Printer No
Snowsport Instructor Yes
Social Professionals (nec) Yes
Social Worker Yes
Software & Applications Programmers (nec) Yes
Software Engineer Yes
Software Tester Yes
Solicitor Yes
Solid Plasterer Yes
Sonographer Yes
Sound Technician Yes
Special Education Teachers (nec) Yes
Special Needs Teacher Yes
Specialist Managers (nec) except Yes
Specialist Physician (General Medicine) Yes
Specialist Physicians (nec) Yes
Speech Pathologist Yes
Sports Administrator No
Sports Centre Manager Yes
Sports Development Officer Yes
Sports Umpire No
Sportspersons (nec) Yes
Stage Manager Yes
Statistician Yes
Stock and Station Agent No
Stockbroking Dealer Yes
Stonemason No
Structural Engineer Yes
Student Counsellor Yes
Sugar Cane Grower Yes
Supply and Distribution Manager Yes
Surgeon (General) Yes
Surveying or Spatial Science Technician No
Surveyor Yes
Swimming Coach or Instructor Yes
Systems Administrator Yes
Systems Analyst Yes
Taxation Accountant Yes
Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages Yes
Teacher of the Hearing Impaired Yes
Teacher of the Sight Impaired Yes
Technical Cable Jointer Yes
Technical Director Yes
Technical Sales Representatives (nec) including, but not limited to, education sales representatives Yes
Technical Writer Yes
Technicians and Trades Workers nec No
Telecommunications Cable Jointer No
Telecommunications Engineer Yes
Telecommunications Field Engineer Yes
Telecommunications Linesworker Yes
Telecommunications Network Engineer Yes
Telecommunications Network Planner No
Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist Yes
Telecommunications Technician No
Television Equipment Operator No
Television Journalist Yes
Television Presenter No
Tennis Coach Yes
Textile, Clothing & Footwear Mechanic Yes
Thoracic Medicine Specialist Yes
Toolmaker Yes
Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Yes
Training and Development Professional No
Translator No
Transport Company Manager Yes
Transport Engineer Yes
Travel Agency Manager No
Travel Attendants nec No
Tribunal Member No
Turf Grower No
University Lecturer (Suitable for the position of Research Associate or Research Fellow in a University) Yes
University Tutor Yes
Upholsterer Yes
Urban & Regional Planner Yes
Urologist Yes
Valuer Yes
Vascular Surgeon Yes
Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ) Yes
Vehicle Body Builder Yes
Vehicle Painter No
Vehicle Trimmer Yes
Veterinarian Yes
Veterinary Nurse Yes
Video Producer Yes
Visual Arts & Crafts Professionals (nec) Yes
Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades) No
Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) No
Wall & Floor Tiler Yes
Watch & Clock Maker & Repairer Yes
Web Administrator Yes
Web Designer Yes
Web Developer No
Welder (First Class) Yes
Welfare Centre Manager Yes
Welfare Worker Yes
Wholesaler No
Wine Maker Yes
Wood Machinist Yes
Wood Machinists & Other Wood Trades Workers (nec) Yes
Wood Turner No
Wool Buyer No
Wool Classer No
Workplace Relations Advisor No
Youth Worker Yes
Zookeeper No
Zoologist Yes

Currently, around 95,000 workers are employed on 457 visas, representing less than 1% of the total workforce. Existing 457 holders will not be subject to the new rules, and different rules will apply in regional areas, where migrant workers are frequently used for harvesting and other farm activities.

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    DanielJuly 18, 2017

    How the changes to the 457 visa have in impact to RTO’s like TAFE?

    Training Benchmark A:

    Recent expenditure, by the business, to the equivalent of at least 2% of the payroll of the business, in payments allocated to a training fund that operates in the same or a related industry of the business.

    Recent expenditure for Training Benchmark A is defined as expenditure made in the previous financial year or the previous 12 months, as evidenced by a receipt for the payment or a letter from the relevant fund.

    Expenditure is not acceptable for the purposes of meeting this benchmark where made to:

    (a) training funds operated by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) or private individuals; or

    (b) funds that allocate a percentage or part of the contributions received to commissions or offer refunds for failed immigration applications.

    Can the RTO provide me with training outside the “AQF” guides? What is the meaning of this?

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      JonathanAugust 1, 2017

      Hello Daniel,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      The details you have shared above doesn’t contain any reference where you have picked these statements. We would appreciate if you can share more on this matter as this is not written on the page.

      Alternatively, you can check Department of Immigration and Border Protection for further information.

      Hope this clarifies.


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    JohnJuly 17, 2017

    I have heard that Anaesthetists can no longer apply for a 457 visa – is this correct? (there is still a tick next to Anaesthetists in your table).

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      LiezlJuly 17, 2017

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, this is correct. Anaesthetist is still among those eligible occupations under Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). However, the maximum visa period available for this occupation is 2 years unless a longer period is required to meet international trade obligations. Moreover, as part of the visa application, a skill assessment will be done by Medical Board of Australia. You may visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection website to learn more about the recent visa changes.


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