WA Skilled Migration List expansion

Earlier this week the State Government announced 134 occupations from high demand industries have been added to the WA Skilled Migration Occupation List. The list composition is based on a number of State Government sources including the reporting the RITC completed as part of the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) research.


Pleasingly, the full list now includes resources sector occupations including;

  • 321111 Automotive Electrician

  • 233211 Civil Engineer

  • 312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson

  • 321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic

  • 233311 Electrical Engineer

  • 312312 Electrical Engineering Technician

  • 341111 Electrician (General)

  • 341112 Electrician (Special Class)

  • 342313 Electronic Equipment Trades Worker

  • 342315 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)

  • 133211 Engineering Manager

  • 323211 Fitter (General)

  • 323212 Fitter and Turner

  • 399212 Gas or Petroleum Operator

  • 234411 Geologist

  • 234412 Geophysicist

  • 233212 Geotechnical Engineer

  • 234413 Hydrogeologist

  • 312911 Maintenance Planner

  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer

  • 312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

  • 312512 Mechanical Engineering Technician

  • 322311 Metal Fabricator

  • 323214 Metal Machinist (First Class)

  • 234912 Metallurgist

  • 233611 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)

  • 321211 Motor Mechanic (General)

  • 251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser

  • 233612 Petroleum Engineer

  • 322312 Pressure Welder

  • 133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing)

  • 133513 Production Manager (Mining)

  • 233513 Production or Plant Engineer

  • 322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker

  • 321214 Small Engine Mechanic

  • 233214 Structural Engineer

  • 312116 Surveying or Spatial Science Technician

  • 263311 Telecommunications Engineer

  • 263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer

  • 322313 Welder (First Class)

Occupations also include those of the Construction, Transport, IT, and Health industries which are of relevance to the resources sector.


The additional occupations are intended to further support a skilled migration pathway for temporary visa holders already in Australia, with eligible individuals in the occupations listed now able to apply for State nomination. Successful applicants receive additional points which go towards their points test requirements for those applying for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) at the Federal Government level.


The announcement comes in the wake of a report that identified WA’s mining and resources operations may need up to 40,000 more workers in the next two years, and the release by the Federal Government of a Priority Skilled Migration Occupation List (PMSOL).The PMSOL intent is support COVID economic recovery by providing priority allocation for visa processing, and a pathway through the international border for individuals employed in critical occupations.


Seven of the 22 occupations added to the PMSOL were in areas of need for the resources sector, such as;

  • 233211 Civil Engineer

  • 233311 Electrical Engineer

  • 233212 Geotechnical Engineer

  • 233611 Mining Engineer

  • 233612 Petroleum Engineer

  • 233214 Structural Engineer

  • 232212 Surveyor

Other additional occupations of relevance to the sector are in the IT and Transport industries.