Jobactive Labour Market Testing (LMT) Requirement before nominating an overseas skilled worker on a Subclass 457 / 482 TSS Visa or a Subclass 494 Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa. 

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Currently, employers must make two national advertisements to test skills availability in the local market. The change will mean employers must also advertise the role on the Government’s Jobactive website.

Visa sponsors will soon need to meet an additional Labour Market Testing (LMT) Nominations 

The amendment to the Legislative Instrument commences tomorrow, (3rd September) and this new LMT requirement will begin to apply to all nominations made after 30 September 2020. 

Priority Occupations Announced for Employer-Sponsored Visas 

Employers should also note that Acting Minister for Immigration, Alan Tudge has announced a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL), which will give priority processing for Employer-Sponsored Visa applicants under 17 occupations.

The below occupations in the Health Care, Construction and IT sectors have been listed under the PMSOL in an effort to boost Australia’s COVID-19 recovery:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director 
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer 
  • General Practitioner 
  • Resident Medical Officer 
  • Psychiatrist 
  • Medical Practitioner nec 
  • Midwife 
  • Registered Nurse 
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) 
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • Registered Nurses nec 
  • Developer Programmer 
  • Software Engineer 
  • Maintenance Planner 

Sponsoring Visa Holders 

Australian businesses can sponsor suitably skilled and experienced visa holders under the above PMSOL occupations. Labour Market Testing (LMT) is required as part of the sponsorship process.

 Travel Exemption

Sponsored visa holders can request a Travel Exemption to enter Australia. 

Existing List Active

Existing Skilled Migration Occupation Lists remain active and visas are still being processed under standard employer-sponsored Skilled Visas. However, the Government will prioritise visa processing for applicants with occupations on the PMSOL. 

Skilled Migration Occupation List 

In our experience, visas are generally being granted to applicants on existing Skilled Migration Occupation Lists if they can obtain a Travel Exemption to enter Australia – such as for Critical Work. All visa holders are required to meet a strict 14 day quarantine on arrival. 

Reviewed Regularly

The Priority Skills List will be reviewed regularly and updated according to Australia’s health and economic COVID-19 recovery and changes in the labour market. 


If you have any queries, we encourage you to get in touch. Our Registered Migration Agents can advise on your migration requirements and discuss how you can prepare your evidence requirements for a Travel Exemption.

For more information email [email protected]

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