Doing Your Own Research

Skilled Occupation List WebpageIf you opt to do your own research to determine whether you qualify for migrating to Australia, I recommend that you be extremely thorough.

Since you won’t have a migration agent advising you, you will need to ensure that you regularly check the Australian immigration site ( to stay up to date with the many changes that occur. This is important because you may find that one day you determine that you qualify for migrating to Australia, whereas the next day rules may change and you no longer qualify.

Qualifying Occupations

One place you can start with your research is to see whether your work experience and qualifications match an occupation that falls under the ‘Qualifying Occupations’ for skilled migration to Australia. The steps for doing research in this area are set out below.


Step 1 – Qualifying Occupations

Reviewing the list of occupations that currently qualify for skilled migration is quite a simple process; although you will need to check back on these pages regularly to ensure you have current and up-to-date information.

Skilled Occupation List

The current Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is relevant for applicants for:

  • Independent points-based skilled migration who are not nominated by a State or Territory Government agency
  • A Family Sponsored Points Tested visa
  • A Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work stream.

Go through the SOL in its entirety, and write down the names of the occupations that you may qualify for, together with their respective ANZSCO codes.

You can view the SOL here:


Step 2 – Job Descriptions

Once you can see that there is one, or perhaps more, occupations that you MIGHT qualify for, you then need to review the job descriptions as set out by ANZSCO ( to discover whether the job descriptions match your actual experience.  To start the search, go to:


Step 3 – Specifications of Each Occupation

On the above web page, enter the occupation title into the search box, with the ANZSCO codes you noted from the SOL. For example, “234411 Geologist”. You then simply click on the “Go” button next to the search box.

When the search is complete, the page will offer you suggestions of occupation groups that your search might fit into. Click on the appropriate link offered. In the above example it would be: 2344, Geologists and Geophysicists.

You will then be taken to a page that gives you a description of what qualifications and specific experience you require to qualify for this occupation.

Be sure to study this page carefully, particularly the sections that apply to your specific occupation. This will ensure that you make a more accurate assessment of whether you qualify or not.

It may be helpful to print this page out so you can highlight the skills and experience that you do have as well as those that you don’t have.


Step 4 – Skilled Migration or Sponsorship?

If you find one or more occupations that you may qualify for on the SOL, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for skilled migration.

Further, if your research in Step 3 has shown that you fit the majority of the criteria for one or more of the occupations you have noted; it is likely that you do indeed qualify for skilled migration.

You can then do additional research relevant to the skilled migration stream here:

If you cannot find an occupation that matches your background on the SOL, perhaps you do not qualify for skilled migration, and you will therefore need to look into Employer Sponsorship. I will help you get started in the upcoming sections.

If, after studying the job descriptions, you are still unsure whether you qualify for migrating to Australia, it is recommended that you book a professional assessment with a registered migration agent, such as TSS Immigration. This way you will be sure of whether to pursue your dream or to change direction in your life.


TSS Immigration offer reasonable rates for assessments and for visa application assistance. I regularly work with Will Aldous, a MARA registered agent who is friendly and helpful, and whom I recommend for migration advice. Will is a very busy man, and can only assist people who are serious about migrating to Australia. If that sounds like you, make sure you add “Referral from Nadine Myers” in the subject header of your email to ensure that he prioritises your enquiry. Will can be reached at:



1. Follow the steps above to do your own research into whether you qualify to migrate to Australia under the Skilled Migration Scheme.

2. If you aren’t sure whether you qualify, book an assessment with a migration agent.

3. If you are confident that you qualify, make note of which occupation/s are relevant, and stay tuned for the next steps in the research process.

4. If you can’t find any occupations that fit your background on the SOL, stay tuned for the upcoming section on finding out whether you qualify for employer sponsorship.


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