Hard to fill jobs in the NT

The Northern Territory (NT) Government identifies jobs in high demand or that are critical to the local economy and industry. This is known as the Northern Territory skilled occupation priority list (NTSOPL).

The list is developed and updated annually each year.

Get the NT skilled occupation priority list PDF (869.6 KB).

Some jobs have been grouped together and placed into the next category unit group level to allow a broader scope of occupations to be covered. These jobs are identified with an asterisk.

Jobs and skill levels

The jobs listed on this page have all been assigned an Australian and New Zealand standard classification of occupation (ANZSCO) code and skill level.

The codes and skill levels are used for a range of purposes, including on applications for migration to the NT and Australia.

Skill level numbers show the level of qualifications or experience needed for each job, in the following order:

  • ANZSCO skill level 1 - bachelor degree or higher qualification
  • ANZSCO skill level 2 - associate degree, advanced diploma or diploma
  • ANZSCO skill level 3 - certificate III or certificate IV
  • ANZSCO skill level 4 - certificate II or certificate III
  • ANZSCO skill level 5 - certificate I or compulsory secondary education.

For more information, go to the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

Skilled migration

For more information about occupations open to skilled migration, read the NT migration occupation list.

You can find information on migrate to work on The Territory website, or email Migration NT at migration@nt.gov.au.

How to report a hard to fill job

If you have a job vacancy in your business that is hard to fill, you can report it to the Industry Skills Advisory Council NT (ISACNT).

ISACNT works with business and peak industry bodies throughout the year to:

  • gather evidence about hard to fill jobs and
  • make recommendations to the NT Government.

To find out more, go to the ISACNT website.

Read the information paper used to determine which jobs are included on the list.

NT skilled occupation priority list information paper PDF (349.1 KB)
NT skilled occupation priority list information paper DOCX (667.7 KB)

NT skilled occupation priority list

Read below to find a list of current high priority, priority and industry priority jobs.

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ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
121111 Aquaculture Farmer 1
141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager 2
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager 2
231211 Master Fisher 2
232212 Surveyor 1
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher 1
242211 Vocational Education Teacher (Aus) / Polytechnic Teacher (NZ) 1
252411 Occupational Therapist 1
253111 General Practitioner 1
253112 Resident Medical Officer 1
254499 Registered Nurses nec 1
261111 ICT Business Analyst 1
263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer 1
321211 Motor Mechanic (General) 3
341111 Electrician (General) 3
351311 Chef 2
391111 Hairdresser 3
411511 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker 2
411711 Community Worker 2
421111 Child Care Worker 4
423111 Aged or Disabled Carer 4
431411 Hotel Service Manager 3
442217 Security Officer 4

Definitions

  • ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation is a skill-based occupation classification standard used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • nec - not elsewhere classified is a term used to describe occupation that has not been classified anywhere else under the ANZSCO classification system

Source: NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
131112 Sales and Marketing Manager 1
133111 Construction Project Manager 1
134111 Child Care Centre Manager 1
135112 ICT Project Manager 1
141999 Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec 2
149311 Conference and Event Organiser 2
212314 Film and Video Editor 1
223111 Human Resource Adviser 1
223113 Workplace Relations Adviser 1
225113 Marketing Specialist 1
225311 Public Relations Professional 1
231111 Aeroplane Pilot 1
231212 Ship's Engineer 2
231213 Ship's Master 2
233111 Chemical Engineer 1
233211 Civil Engineer 1
233311 Electrical Engineer 1
234313 Environmental Research Scientist 1
234314 Park Ranger 1
234411 Geologist 1
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist 1
242111 University Lecturer 1
251111 Dietitian 1
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 1
251214 Sonographer 1
251311 Environmental Health Officer 1
251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser 1
251511 Hospital Pharmacist 1
251513 Retail Pharmacist 1
251911 Health Promotion Officer 1
251912 Orthotist or Prosthetist 1
252111 Chiropractor 1
252312 Dentist 1
252511 Physiotherapist 1
252611 Podiatrist 1
252711 Audiologist 1
252712 Speech Pathologist (Aus) / Speech Language Therapist (NZ) 1
253311 Specialist Physician (General Medicine) 1
253321 Paediatrician 1
253399 Specialist Physicians nec 1
253912 Emergency Medicine Specialist 1
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist 1
254111 Midwife 1
254211 Nurse Educator 1
254411 Nurse Practitioner 1
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 1
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 1
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) 1
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical) 1
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 1
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 1
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 1
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical) 1
254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) 1
261312 Developer Programmer 1
271311 Solicitor 1
272112 Drug and Alcohol Counsellor 1
272114 Rehabilitation Counsellor 1
272199 Counsellors nec 1
272311 Clinical Psychologist 1
272312 Educational Psychologist 1
272412 Interpreter 1
272499 Social Professionals nec 1
272511 Social Worker 1
311413 Life Science Technician 2
312199 Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians nec 2
312412 Electronic Engineering Technician 2
331212 Carpenter 3
334111 Plumber (General) 3
342111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic 3
351111 Baker 3
351411 Cook 3
362211 Gardener (General) 3
411112 Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic (Aus) / Ambulance Paramedic (NZ) 2
411214 Dental Therapist 2
411611 Massage Therapist 2
411712 Disabilities Services Officer 2
411713 Family Support Worker 2
411715 Residential Care Officer 2
411716 Youth Worker 2
423313 Personal Care Assistant 4
431111 Bar Attendant 4
431511 Waiter 4
512211 Health Practice Manager 2
541211 Information Officer 4
612112 Property Manager 3
621511 Retail Supervisor 4
731211 Bus Driver 4
733111 Truck Driver (General) 4

Definitions

  • ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation is a skill-based occupation classification standard used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • nec - not elsewhere classified is a term used to describe occupation that has not been classified anywhere else under the ANZSCO classification system

Source: NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
142111 Retail Manager 2
234915 Exercise Physiologist 1
251112 Nutritionist 1
253513 Neurosurgeon 1
253517 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon 1
254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) 1
263212 ICT Support Engineer 1
311211 Anaesthetic Technician 2
311214 Operating Theatre Technician 3
311215 Pharmacy Technician 2
312611 Safety Inspector 2
321111 Automotive Electrician 3
321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic 3
322313 Welder (First Class) (Aus) / Welder (NZ) 3
323111 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers 3
324311 Vehicle Painter 3
331111 Bricklayer 3
342211 Electrical Linesworker (Aus) / Electrical Line Mechanic (NZ) 3
342315 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) 3
362212 Arborist 3
362411 Nurseryperson 3
399911 Diver 3
421114 Out of School Hours Care Worker 4
423211 Dental Assistant 4
423314 Therapy Aide 4
431112 Barista 4
451111 Beauty Therapist 4
451211 Driving Instructor 3
452315 Swimming Coach or Instructor 4
452321 Sports Development Officer 2
452414 Lifeguard 3
542113 Hotel or Motel Receptionist 4
552111 Bank Worker 4
599599 Inspectors and Regulatory Officers nec 4
599915 Clinical Coder 3
621311 Motor Vehicle or Caravan Salesperson 4
621312 Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter (Aus) / Automotive Parts Salesperson (NZ) 4
711211 Industrial Spraypainter 4
711914 Sterilisation Technician 4
712213 Shot Firer 4
721111 Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator 4
721211 Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 4
721311 Forklift Driver 4
811411 Commercial Housekeeper 5
821712 Scaffolder 4
841111 Aquaculture Worker 5
841211 Fruit or Nut Farm Worker 5
841212 Fruit or Nut Picker 5
841511 Beef Cattle Farm Worker 5
851311 Kitchenhand 5
899211 Deck Hand 4
899415 Tyre Fitter 4

Definitions

  • ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation is a skill-based occupation classification standard used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • nec - not elsewhere classified is a term used to describe occupation that has not been classified anywhere else under the ANZSCO classification system

Source: NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.


Last updated: 17 June 2021

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