Difference between SOL and CSOL


You’d be forgiven for thinking that terms like SOL and CSOL have been copied and pasted straight out of a text message.


But you’d be wrong.

These terms aren’t the latest text-speak or teenage lingo, but acronyms used in reference to applications for various visas, such as the 457 visa, 186 visa and 189 visa.

Let’s break it down. What do these terms mean, and what’s the difference between SOL and CSOL?


SOL means Skilled Occupation List. This list is reviewed annually, and sets out the eligibility for migration for the following visas:

  • Skilled Independent: 189 visas;
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional): 489 visas (if sponsored by an Australian relative); and
  • Graduate Temporary: 485 visas (Graduate Work Stream).

This list is your go-to if you’re experienced in one of the occupations listed and want to work in Australia, on a visa not sponsored by a company or the government.

Occupations included on the SOL list range from bricklayer to aeronautical engineer. As you can imagine, the list if extensive.

The list is also relevant for those who have completed their studies in Australia as a temporary 485 visa graduate, whose occupation is listed on the SOL list.

Finally, the SOL list is important for those with a family, who want to sponsor under the Family Sponsored Points test.


CSOL stands for Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List.

The CSOL list is relevant for employer-sponsored visas, including:

  • 457 temporary work (skilled) visa (via employer sponsorship);
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) – direct entry stream: 186 visa;
  • State or Territory Sponsored General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas: 190 visa and 489 visa.

Again, the range of occupations listed on the CSOL list is broad, from actor and cotton grower to aeroplane pilot and minister of religion.

To recap, the CSOL list is the one to consult if you’re:

    Nominated by a state or territory government;
  • Sponsored by a company in Australia;
  • Making an application for a temporary work (skilled) 457 visa;
  • Completing a training and research 402 visa application.

If you have any questions about the SOL and CSOL lists, or want to make an application for one of the relevant visas, be sure to get in touch with PocketLegal today.