Twenty top occupations in demand


The latest Labour Market Update report from Jobs and Skills Australia has provided the list of the top 20 occupations in demand nationally this quarter. This information is derived from a range of Jobs and Skills Australia and Australian Bureau of Statistics data sources to analyse the state of the Australian labour market in the December quarter of 2022.

The top five occupations in demand nationally in that quarter, based on internet vacancies were:

  • Registered Nurses;
  • Software and Applications Programmers;
  • Aged and Disabled Carers;
  • Child Carers;
  • Construction Managers

The full list and other useful labour market information is available for download at the above link.


Recent Changes to State/Territory Migration Programs


Northern Territory

Changes to offshore nomination criteria

The Northern Territory Government (MigrationNT) has recently made some changes to its offshore nomination criteria.

The key changes are:

  • reduced work experience requirement (one year down from 3 years for most occupations)
  • more occupations added to the Priority Occupations Stream (now 198 occupations)
  • expansion of the Family Support Stream to enable regional provisional (subclass 489, 491 and 494) visa holders and those who hold bridging visas after having applied for regional permanent residency (subclass 887 and 191) visas to support family members applying for nomination.



Tasmania has provided an update on its Subclasses 190 and 491 allocation as at 14 March 2023.


Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa 

  • Nominations – 1269 of 2000 places used
  • Nomination applications not yet decided – 119
  • Invitations issued but not yet accepted – 200
  • Oldest application yet to be processed – lodged 27 January 2023

Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa

  • Nominations – 1109 of 2250 places used
  • Nomination applications not yet decided – 232
  • Invitations issued but not yet accepted – 244
  • Oldest application yet to be processed – lodged 3 March 2023

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