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 jobs for 2019 are listed below. The list is developed annually and updated in March each year.

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 application forms 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 ANZSCO page of 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 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 makes 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 (356.7 KB)
NT skilled occupation priority list information paper DOCX (326.1 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
134111 Child Care Centre Manager 1
134214 Welfare Centre Manager 1
135112 ICT Project Manager 1
135199 ICT Managers nec 1
139911 Arts Administrator or Manager 1
139999 Specialist Managers nec 1
141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager 2
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager 2
142111 Retail Manager (General) 2
221111 Accountant (General) 1
221112 Management Accountant 1
223113 Workplace Relations Adviser 1
224611 Librarian 1
224712 Organisation and Methods Analyst 1
231111 Aeroplane Pilot 1
231213 Ship's Master 1
232212 Surveyor 1
233512 Mechanical Engineer 1
234313 Environmental Research Scientist 1
234411 Geologist 1
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher 1
241213 Primary School Teacher 1
241311 Middle School Teacher (Aus) \ Intermediate School Teacher (NZ) 1
241411 Secondary School Teacher 1
242211 Vocational Education Teacher (Aus) \ Polytechnic Teacher (NZ) 1
249311 Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages 1
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 1
251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser 1
251511 Hospital Pharmacist 1
251513 Retail Pharmacist 1
251911 Health Promotion Officer 1
252411 Occupational Therapist 1
252511 Physiotherapist 1
2527* Speech Professionals and Audiologists nfd 1
2531* Generalist Medical Practitioners nfd 1
253211 Anaesthetist 1
253311 Specialist Physician (General Medicine) 1
253312 Cardiologist 1
253317 Intensive Care Specialist 1
253321 Paediatrician 1
253399 Specialist Physicians nec 1
253411 Psychiatrist 1
253511 Surgeon (General) 1
253514 Orthopaedic Surgeon 1
253912 Emergency Medicine Specialist 1
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist 1
253914 Ophthalmologist 1
253915 Pathologist 1
254111 Midwife 1
254311 Nurse Manager 1
2544* Registered Nurse 1
261111 ICT Business Analyst 1
261112 Systems Analyst 1
261312 Developer Programmer 1
261313 Software Engineer 1
262112 ICT Security Specialist 1
263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer 1
271311 Solicitor 1
272112 Drug and Alcohol Counsellor 1
272311 Clinical Psychologist 1
272399 Psychologists nec 1
272511 Social Worker 1
312111 Architectural Draftsperson 2
313111 Hardware Technician 2
321211 Motor Mechanic (General) 3
341111 Electrician (General) 3
351311 Chef 2
351411 Cook 3
411311 Diversional Therapist 3
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
421111 Child Care Worker 4
423111 Aged or Disabled Carer 4
423313 Personal Care Assistant 4
431111 Bar Attendant 4
431511 Waiter 4
442111 Prison Officer 4
612112 Property Manager 3
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

* Four-digit ANZSCO Unit Group code incorporates occupations within this group.

Example ANZSCO Unit Group code 2544 - Registered Nurses has 13 individual occupations within the next level.

Source: NT Department of Trade Business and Innovation.

ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
121213 Fruit or Nut Grower 1
121221 Vegetable Grower (Aus) \ Market Gardener (NZ) 1
121312 Beef Cattle Farmer 1
131112 Sales and Marketing Manager 1
132111 Corporate Services Manager 1
132311 Human Resource Manager 1
133111 Construction Project Manager 1
133211 Engineering Manager 1
133511 Production Manager (Forestry) 1
133513 Production Manager (Mining) 1
133611 Supply and Distribution Manager 1
134299 Health and Welfare Services Managers nec 1
134411 Faculty Head 1
134499 Education Managers nec 1
139914 Quality Assurance Manager 1
141211 Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager 2
141411 Licensed Club Manager 2
141999 Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec 2
149212 Customer Service Manager 2
149311 Conference and Event Organiser 2
149913 Facilities Manager 2
149999 Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers nec 2
212317 Technical Director 1
212318 Video Producer 1
223111 Human Resource Adviser 1
223112 Recruitment Consultant 1
223311 Training and Development Professional 1
224512 Valuer 1
225113 Marketing Specialist 1
231199 Air Transport Professionals nec 1
231212 Ship's Engineer 1
231214 Ship's Officer 1
232214 Other Spatial Scientist 1
232411 Graphic Designer 1
232511 Interior Designer 1
233211 Civil Engineer 1
233212 Geotechnical Engineer 1
233311 Electrical Engineer 1
233411 Electronics Engineer 1
233611 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) 1
233612 Petroleum Engineer 1
233999 Engineering Professionals nec 1
234112 Agricultural Scientist 1
234312 Environmental Consultant 1
234711 Veterinarian 1
234912 Metallurgist 1
241599 Special Education Teachers nec 1
249111 Education Adviser 1
251214 Sonographer 1
251311 Environmental Health Officer 1
251411 Optometrist 1
252111 Chiropractor 1
252312 Dentist 1
253314 Medical Oncologist 1
253322 Renal Medicine Specialist 1
253515 Otorhinolaryngologist 1
253917 Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist 1
261311 Analyst Programmer 1
262113 Systems Administrator 1
263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer 1
263212 ICT Support Engineer 1
263311 Telecommunications Engineer 1
263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer 1
272113 Family and Marriage Counsellor 1
272115 Student Counsellor 1
272199 Counsellors nec 1
272312 Educational Psychologist 1
272412 Interpreter 1
272413 Translator 1
272499 Social Professionals nec 1
272611 Community Arts Worker 1
272613 Welfare Worker 1
311215 Pharmacy Technician 2
312114 Construction Estimator 2
312116 Surveying or Spatial Science Technician 2
312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson 2
312312 Electrical Engineering Technician 2
312412 Electronic Engineering Technician 2
312912 Metallurgical or Materials Technician 2
312913 Mine Deputy 2
411213 Dental Technician 2
411214 Dental Therapist 2
411411 Enrolled Nurse 2
511111 Contract Administrator 2
511112 Program or Project Administrator 2
512111 Office Manager 2
599111 Conveyancer 2
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

* Four-digit ANZSCO Unit Group code incorporates occupations within this group.

Example ANZSCO Unit Group code 2544 - Registered Nurses has 13 individual occupations within the next level.

Source: NT Department of Trade Business and Innovation.

ANZSCO code Occupation ANZSCO skill level
121111 Aquaculture Farmer 1
121216 Mixed Crop Farmer 1
142116 Travel Agency Manager 2
234412 Geophysicist 1
241512 Teacher of the Hearing Impaired 1
252311 Dental Specialist 1
253318 Neurologist 1
253324 Thoracic Medicine Specialist 1
253513 Neurosurgeon 1
253911 Dermatologist 1
312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson 2
321111 Automotive Electrician 3
3212* Motor Mechanics - Diesel, Motorcycle, Small Engine 3
322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker 3
322311 Metal Fabricator 3
322312 Pressure Welder 3
322313 Welder (First Class) (Aus) \ Welder (NZ) 3
323111 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) 3
323112 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) 3
323211 Fitter (General) 3
323212 Fitter and Turner 3
323213 Fitter-Welder 3
324111 Panelbeater 3
324311 Vehicle Painter 3
3312* Carpenter, Carpenter and Joiner 3
333111 Glazier 3
334111 Plumber (General) 3
334114 Gasfitter 3
342111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic 3
342211 Electrical Linesworker (Aus) \ Electrical Line Mechanic (NZ) 3
342314 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) 3
342315 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) 3
342411 Cabler (Data and Telecommunications) 3
342412 Telecommunications Cable Jointer 3
342413 Telecommunications Linesworker (Aus) \ Telecommunications Line Mechanic (NZ) 3
351111 Baker 3
351112 Pastrycook 3
351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker 3
361311 Veterinary Nurse 3
362212 Arborist 3
362213 Landscape Gardener 3
391111 Hairdresser 3
394111 Cabinetmaker 3
399212 Gas or Petroleum Operator 3
399512 Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video) 3
399513 Light Technician 3
399516 Sound Technician 3
399911 Diver 3
399913 Optical Dispenser (Aus) \ Dispensing Optician (NZ) 3
411714 Parole or Probation Officer 2
421112 Family Day Care Worker 4
421114 Out of School Hours Care Worker 4
423211 Dental Assistant 4
423312 Nursing Support Worker 4
423411 Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant 4
431112 Barista 4
431311 Gaming Worker 4
431411 Hotel Service Manager 3
442213 Crowd Controller 4
451111 Beauty Therapist 4
451211 Driving Instructor 3
451411 Gallery or Museum Guide 4
451412 Tour Guide 4
451611 Tourist Information Officer 4
451815 First Aid Trainer 3
452315 Swimming Coach or Instructor 3
542113 Hotel or Motel Receptionist 4
551111 Accounts Clerk 4
551211 Bookkeeper 4
599711 Library Assistant 4
599915 Clinical Coder 3
611211 Insurance Agent 3
612114 Real Estate Agent 3
621312 Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter (Aus) \ Automotive Parts Salesperson (NZ) 4
621511 Retail Supervisor 4
711211 Industrial Spraypainter 4
711914 Sterilisation Technician 4
7122* Driller, Miner and Shot Firer nfd 4
721111 Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator 4
721211 Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 4
721214 Excavator Operator 4
721311 Forklift Driver 4
721912 Linemarker 4
811411 Commercial Housekeeper 5
821711 Construction Rigger 4
831313 Seafood Process Worker 5
841111 Aquaculture Worker 5
841211 Fruit or Nut Farm Worker 5
841214 Vegetable Farm Worker (Aus) \ Market Garden Worker (NZ) 5
841913 Pest Controller 4
841999 Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers nec 5
899211 Deck Hand 4
899212 Fishing Hand 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

* Four-digit ANZSCO Unit Group code incorporates occupations within this group.

Example ANZSCO Unit Group code 2544 - Registered Nurses has 13 individual occupations within the next level.

Source: NT Department of Trade Business and Innovation.

Last updated: 18 July 2019

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