Occupations and Qualifications Lists

SPOL – 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. It will also link to the Skilled Migration Occupation List (SMOL) and the development of the State Training Plan, which guides the funding of training programs.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development produces the list in consultation with key stakeholders including the State’s ten Training Councils.

For further information, go to the Department of Training and Workforce Development website.


WASMOL – Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List

Western Australia offers State nomination for the permanent Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and the temporary Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) which allows migrants to live in regional Western Australia.

Download a copy of the WASMOL or visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development website.


PIQL – Priority Industry Qualification List Methodology

The Priority industry qualification list (PIQL) has been developed in the context of ensuring that the key government objective of meeting the demands for skills in the Western Australian labour market is managed effectively and efficiently. The PIQL is primarily driven by the alignment of qualifications to the State priority occupational list (SPOL) which is an annual list of jobs that are considered critical to the State and/or have demonstrated significant unmet demand. Further information about the SPOL can be sourced from the Department’s website. In addition to the SPOL the Department of Training and Workforce Development applies a range of criteria to shape the final list. Key considerations include: overall budget outcomes;  the mix of public and private investment in training;  industry advice on preferred training pathways; achievement of Commonwealth-State funding agreement outputs; and  the directions articulated in the State Training Plan. The PIQL is used to guide the range of qualifications that fall under the Future Skills guarantee and that are delivered outside of an employment-based pathway (apprenticeships and traineeships). Apprenticeships and traineeship pathways are separately identified as state priority qualifications under Future Skills WA. Qualifications that have no reported publicly funded delivery have been excluded in order to ensure that existing commercial training markets are not inadvertently undermined through the introduction of public subsidies and fixed fee arrangements and to constrain any privately financed training costs being shifted on to government. At this stage there is no complete picture of the level of privately financed accredited training. The recent introduction of Total VET Activity reporting by training providers, will, however, provide for a more comprehensive understanding of all accredited training activity, and will be used by the Department to review the overall supply and demand for skills and inform future iterations of the PIQL. Priorities identified in the 2015 – 2018 State Training Plan include under-represented groups, youth and the ageing population. These priority groups have been taken into consideration in the development of the PIQL 2015.

Download a copy of the PIQL or visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development website.