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State Priority Occupation List

The State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) is an annually produced list of jobs that are high in demand or considered industry-critical in Western Australia.

The SPOL informs Western Australian workforce development planning and is used to determine funding priorities for training in WA.   It also links to the Skilled Migration Occupation List (SMOL) and the development of the State Training Plan, which guides the funding of training programs.


Financial, Administrative & Professional Services Training Council works collaboratively with industries to provide strategic advice on occupations to determine their priority status for WA.


We work within a framework of evidence, data analysis and validation to ensure that any significant impacts across the industry or the State economy that may manifest in slow growth or supply bottlenecks are reported on.


As a result of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic which created volatility in  the State’s labour market and changed employment conditions across most industries, the SPOL was not updated in 2020. The Department is currently working to develop a SPOL for 2021.


For further information, visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

The Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List

Western Australia’s State Migration Plan is informed by the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) – a list which identifies the occupations that Skilled Migration Western Australia will consider for State sponsorship. The WASMOL guides States labour market needs through sponsorship and qualifying visa applicants.


View the WASMOL to see if you are eligible to apply for State sponsorship.