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Available Occupations for the TSS Visa

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One of the first things to think about when considering a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa are the occupations you can be sponsored for. Each occupation has requirements in terms of skills, experience and responsibilities and all are different from one another.

This article will cover everything you need to know about occupations you can be sponsored for under the TSS Visa.

What occupation can l apply for?

At the end of this article is a table containing all of the occupations that can be sponsored under the TSS visa. It’s a good idea to scroll through the entire occupation list to find a job title that is suitable for you. This will help you understand more about occupations under the TSS Visa.

Once you have found an occupation, simply click on the link to see the information sheet for that occupation. The information is based on the ANZSCO’s guidelines for the specified occupation. The following will explain the different sections in the information sheet.

What if I can’t find my occupation title?

Different countries call occupations by different names. Just because you can’t find your specific occupation doesn’t mean another isn’t there. Many occupations will have ‘alternative titles’ or ‘specialisation’ one of those could be what you’re searching for. It also may not be possible to find an exact match for your occupation, or there may be more than one suitable occupation that aligns with your qualifications and work experience.

Ultimately, your qualifications and work experience must align with the position you are offered and that position must align with an eligible occupation.

Who is ANZSCO and what is an ANZSCO code?

You will hear ‘ANZSCO’ a lot when reading about visas. This is the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations which is published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. ANZSCO collects and analyses statistics on different occupations. They determine the skill level, qualification, and experience you need for each occupation. Each occupation has its own ANZSCO code.

When assessing TSS visa applications Case Officers will use ANZSCO’s requirements as guidelines. Therefore, it is important to understand these requirements for your occupation.

Occupation list

Every occupation belongs to one of these occupation lists

The TSS visa has two streams. The short-term stream which STSOL occupations fall under and the medium-term stream which MLTSSL and ROL fall under.

The major differences between the two streams are English requirements, visa length, and visa application costs. for the list that your occupation falls under may also affect your eligibility for Permanent Residence (PR).

This section on the information sheet will tell you which of the three lists the occupation belongs to. You are then able to click on a further link to an article explaining the requirements and options for the occupation.

What does ‘Skill Level’ mean?

Occupations under the TSS visa only have a skill level from 1 to 3. The higher the skill level, the more complex the skills required for that particular occupation. The higher the level also means more qualifications and training may be required.

Each skill level also corresponds to a specific level of Australian or New Zealand qualification.

ANZSCO Level 1 Doctoral Degree
Masters Degree
Graduate Diploma
Graduate Certificate
Bachelor Honours Degree
Bachelor Degree
ANZSCO Level 2 NZ Registered Diploma
Associated Degree
Advanced Diploma
ANZSCO Level 3 NZ Registered Level 4
Certificate IV
Certificate III

What is the ‘Indicative Skill Level’?

The ‘Indicative Skill Level’ identifies what level of qualification and experience you will need for the occupation. It may also state that experience can be used instead of qualifications, specific levels of experience will be required in addition to qualifications and if registration or licensing may be required.

What if my qualifications don’t match or I don’t have a qualification?

If you studied in a different country you may hold the equivalent level of the Australian qualifications listed above but you will need to check that your qualification is recognised. A registered MARA Migration Agent can check your qualifications and ensure they are properly benchmarked against the Australian Qualifications Framework.

For some occupations additional work experience can substitute formal qualifications, you will need to check if this is an option for your occupation.

How much experience do I need to prove?

How much experience you needs varies depending on the occupation. The TSS Visa requirements state you need a minimum of two years experience, in a full time capacity at the required skill level. Generally this means that only post-qualification work experience can be counted.

Some occupations may also allow you to use relevant full-time experience instead of qualifications (usually three or five years depending on the skill level). If you can prove you have this experience you will not need to provide qualifications. It will state this in the ‘indicative skill level’ if it is an option.

Other occupations may require more than two years experience in addition to qualifications.

When Case Officers assess TSS visa applications they use the ANZSCO requirements as guidelines. It is important that you understand how ANZSCO defines your occupation but remember every visa application is assessed on a case by case basis. Depending on your own situation the Case Officer may request additional documents or information. Therefore the more experience you have and evidence you can gather the stronger your application will be.

What are ‘Tasks’?

For most occupations ANZSCO have identified the key tasks you would be expected to carry out. Not all occupations have tasks listed. To meet the experience requirement you will need to be able to provide evidence that you have a minimum of two years experience performing the majority of these tasks at the appropriate skill level.

This evidence will usually be demonstrated through written references and supporting documents. It is very important your written references contain specific information otherwise they may not be accepted. Make sure you understand of what needs to be included in the written references.

The current occupation list for the TSS Visa



The first thing you need to do is find an occupation on the above list that you think would be suitable for you. Then you need to check if you meet the TSS visa requirements and occupation guidelines as outlined by ANZSCO.

If you do then you need to start gathering evidence you meet the TSS visa requirements. Once you have them all then get them assessed by a Registered Migration agent to make sure you are eligible for the visa. This can save you time and money when it comes to the visa application stage.



Visa Jobs is an independent company and has no association with the Australian Department of Immigration. The information in this article should not be used as legal advice. It is based on public guidelines available at The Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs’ website.

Every visa application is assessed on a case by case basis. We strongly recommend your documents and personal situation be assessed by a Registered Migration Agent who is bound by the MARA code of conduct before submitting any visa applications.

Updated on April 21, 2020

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