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.

Get the NT skilled occupation priority list PDF (140.0 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 (309.8 KB)
NT skilled occupation priority list information paper DOCX (660.5 KB)

NT skilled occupation priority list

Release date: 27 June 2022.

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
121216 Mixed Crop Farmer 1
121312 Beef Cattle Farmer 1
121399 Livestock Farmers nec 1
133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing) 1
134214 Welfare Centre Manager 1
149999 Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers nec 2
223311 Training and Development Professional 1
224999 Information and Organisation Professionals nec 1
232111 Architect 1
232212 Surveyor 1
233211 Civil Engineer 1
233214 Structural Engineer 1
233512 Mechanical Engineer 1
234314 Park Ranger 1
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher 1
241213 Primary School Teacher 1
241311 Middle School Teacher 1
241411 Secondary School Teacher 1
242211 Vocational Education Teacher 1
251411 Optometrist 1
251513 Retail Pharmacist 1
252312 Dentist 1
252411 Occupational Therapist 1
252511 Physiotherapist 1
252712 Speech Pathologist 1
253111 General Practitioner 1
253112 Resident Medical Officer 1
253211 Anaesthetist 1
253311 Specialist Physician (General Medicine) 1
253411 Psychiatrist 1
253511 Surgeon (General) 1
253514 Orthopaedic Surgeon 1
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist 1
253915 Pathologist 1
253917 Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist 1
254111 Midwife 1
254211 Nurse Educator 1
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) 1
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 1
254499 Registered Nurses nec 1
261312 Developer Programmer 1
261313 Software Engineer 1
262113 Systems Administrator 1
263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer 1
263212 ICT Support Engineer 1
272112 Drug and Alcohol Counsellor 1
272199 Counsellors nec 1
272311 Clinical Psychologist 1
272399 Psychologists nec 1
272511 Social Worker 1
312111 Architectural Draftsperson 2
312113 Building Inspector 2
312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson 2
312212 Civil Engineering Technician 2
312412 Electronic Engineering Technician 2
312611 Safety Inspector 2
321211 Motor Mechanic (General) 3
322311 Metal Fabricator 3
323211 Fitter (General) 3
331212 Carpenter 3
334111 Plumber (General) 3
341111 Electrician (General) 3
342111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic 3
351311 Chef 2
391111 Hairdresser 3
411411 Enrolled Nurse 2
411511 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker 2
411711 Community Worker 2
411712 Disabilities Services Officer 2
411713 Family Support Worker 2
411716 Youth Worker 2
423111 Aged or Disabled Carer 4
423211 Dental Assistant 4
442217 Security Officer 5
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
132511 Research and Development Manager 1
133111 Construction Project Manager 1
133411 Manufacturer 1
134111 Child Care Centre Manager 1
134211 Medical Administrator 1
135112 ICT Project Manager 1
135199 ICT Managers nec 1
142111 Retail Manager (General) 2
149311 Conference and Event Organiser 2
212314 Film and Video Editor 1
221111 Accountant (General) 1
223111 Human Resource Adviser 1
223113 Workplace Relations Adviser 1
224412 Policy Analyst 1
224711 Management Consultant 1
225113 Marketing Specialist 1
225211 ICT Account Manager 1
225213 ICT Sales Representative 1
225499 Technical Sales Representatives nec 1
231213 Ship's Master 2
232411 Graphic Designer 1
233213 Quantity Surveyor 1
233311 Electrical Engineer 1
234311 Conservation Officer 1
234312 Environmental Consultant 1
234313 Environmental Research Scientist 1
234399 Environmental Scientists nec 1
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist 1
241599 Special Education Teachers nec 1
242111 University Lecturer 1
249111 Education Adviser 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
251911 Health Promotion Officer 1
252111 Chiropractor 1
252611 Podiatrist 1
252711 Audiologist 1
253321 Paediatrician 1
253912 Emergency Medicine Specialist 1
253999 Medical Practitioners nec 1
254411 Nurse Practitioner 1
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 1
254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) 1
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health) 1
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 1
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical) 1
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 1
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical) 1
261111 ICT Business Analyst 1
261112 Systems Analyst 1
271311 Solicitor 1
272114 Rehabilitation Counsellor 1
272312 Educational Psychologist 1
272412 Interpreter 1
272499 Social Professionals nec 1
272611 Community Arts Worker 1
272612 Recreation Officer 1
272613 Welfare Worker 1
311212 Cardiac Technician 1
311215 Pharmacy Technician 2
311412 Earth Science Technician 2
312112 Building Associate 2
351411 Cook 3
362211 Gardener (General) 3
399312 Library Technician 2
411611 Massage Therapist 2
411715 Residential Care Officer 2
423313 Personal Care Assistant 4
442111 Prison Officer 4
511111 Contract Administrator 2
621312 Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter 4
621511 Retail Supervisor 4
732111 Delivery Driver 4
741111 Storeperson 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
121111 Aquaculture Farmer 1
121311 Apiarist 1
121411 Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer 1
141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager 2
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager 2
141411 Licensed Club Manager 2
141999 Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec 2
222312 Financial Investment Manager 1
231111 Aeroplane Pilot 1
231114 Helicopter Pilot 1
231199 Air Transport Professionals nec 1
231212 Ship's Engineer 2
233111 Chemical Engineer 1
234711 Veterinarian 1
252311 Dental Specialist 1
253513 Neurosurgeon 1
253517 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon 1
253518 Urologist 1
254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) 1
311312 Meat Inspector 2
321111 Automotive Electrician 3
321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic 3
321213 Motorcycle Mechanic 3
322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker 3
322312 Pressure Welder 3
322313 Welder (First Class) 3
323111 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) 3
323112 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) 3
323113 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures) 3
323212 Fitter and Turner 3
323213 Fitter-Welder 3
324111 Panelbeater 3
324311 Vehicle Painter 3
331111 Bricklayer 3
333111 Glazier 3
333212 Solid Plasterer 3
333311 Roof Tiler 3
333411 Wall and Floor Tiler 3
334114 Gasfitter 3
341112 Electrician (Special Class) 3
342211 Electrical Linesworker 3
342311 Business Machine Mechanic 3
342313 Electronic Equipment Trades Worker 3
342314 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) 3
342315 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) 3
342411 Cabler (Data and Telecommunications) 3
342413 Telecommunications Linesworker 3
342414 Telecommunications Technician 3
351111 Baker 3
351112 Pastrycook 3
351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker 3
361311 Veterinary Nurse 3
362212 Arborist 3
362411 Nurseryperson 3
392311 Printing Machinist 3
393113 Sail Maker 3
393311 Upholsterer 3
394111 Cabinetmaker 3
399112 Shipwright 3
399411 Jeweller 3
399516 Sound Technician 3
399611 Signwriter 3
399911 Diver 3
399913 Optical Dispenser 3
399918 Fire Protection Equipment Technician 3
399999 Technicians and Trades Workers nec 3
421111 Child Care Worker 3
421114 Out of School Hours Care Worker 3
423312 Nursing Support Worker 4
423314 Therapy Aide 4
423411 Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant 3
431111 Bar Attendant 4
431112 Barista 4
431311 Gaming Worker 4
431411 Hotel Service Manager 2
431511 Waiter 4
451111 Beauty Therapist 3
451211 Driving Instructor 3
451399 Funeral Workers nec 3
451412 Tour Guide 3
451711 Flight Attendant 3
452315 Swimming Coach or Instructor 4
452413 Jockey 3
452414 Lifeguard 3
512111 Office Manager 2
541111 Call or Contact Centre Team Leader 3
542113 Hotel or Motel Receptionist 4
551211 Bookkeeper 3
591116 Warehouse Administrator 4
599411 Human Resources Clerk 4
599711 Library Assistant 4
599915 Clinical Coder 3
611311 Sales Representative (Building and Plumbing Supplies) 4
612112 Property Manager 3
612114 Real Estate Agent 3
621311 Motor Vehicle or Caravan Salesperson 4
711211 Industrial Spraypainter 4
711513 Plastics Fabricator or Welder 4
711514 Plastics Production Machine Operator (General) 4
711611 Sewing Machinist 4
711913 Sand Blaster 4
711914 Sterilisation Technician 4
711999 Machine Operators nec 4
712111 Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator 4
712211 Driller 4
712213 Shot Firer 4
712311 Engineering Production Worker 4
712911 Boiler or Engine Operator 4
721111 Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator 4
721211 Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 4
721214 Excavator Operator 4
721311 Forklift Driver 4
721911 Aircraft Baggage Handler and Airline Ground Crew 4
721999 Mobile Plant Operators nec 4
731112 Taxi Driver 4
821611 Railway Track Worker 4
821711 Construction Rigger 4
821712 Scaffolder 4
831211 Meat Boner and Slicer 4
831212 Slaughterer 4
831313 Seafood Process Worker 5
841111 Aquaculture Worker 5
841211 Fruit or Nut Farm Worker 5
841299 Crop Farm Workers nec 5
841513 Mixed Livestock Farm Worker 5
841611 Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Worker 5
841913 Pest Controller 4
841999 Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers nec 5
899211 Deck Hand 4
899212 Fishing Hand 4
899411 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General) 4
899415 Tyre Fitter 4
899999 Labourer nec 5

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: 27 June 2022

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