CSOL stands for Consolidated Occupations List, The CSOL is essentially a list of occupations considered in demand within Australia and is updated by the Australian government on an annual basis.
Edit. 19th April 2017. The CSOL has been replaced with a new list and will now be referred to as STSOL (Short-term skilled occupation list).
CSOL Job List
If you are looking for a sponsored job in Australia then the job you are applying for needs to appear on the current years CSOL list. You must nominate an occupation from the CSOL list if you are nominated by a State or Territory Government, a direct entry stream Employer Nomination Scheme visa, a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) or a Training and Research Visa (Subclass 402).
Applicants who require a skills assessment as part of their visa application must contact a relevant assessing authority directly to obtain a skill assessment. The assessing authority will provide all necessary applications forms and associated information relating to the assessment.
The CSOL List is updated annually with the current CSOL being valid from the 1st July through to the 30th June of the following year.
How do jobs end up on the CSOL list?
Each year, the Australian federal government reviews the current CSOL list to ensure that the skilled roles appearing on the list are appropriate to meet Australia’s needs in the coming year.
This review of the list is supported by submissions gathered by the Department of Education that helps identifies the professions and trades that will be in demand in next five years in Australia and also points out professions whose demand is either declining or the demand is being met locally.
You can view the current CSOL list by clicking the link here: CSOL List