Which State or Territory in AUSTRALIA WANTS YOU?

This updated lists of occupations for each State or Territory in Australia show which occupations are in demand or hard to fill. For Skilled Migrants and their families, we dedicate this page for fast, easy access to information that will help you decide where to seek nomination, where your occupation is in demand and how to qualify. Good luck.


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Which State or Territory in AUSTRALIA WANTS YOU?
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Updated July 13, 2016 | Australia

WHICH STATE OR TERRITORY IN AUSTRALIA WANTS YOU AS A SKILLED MIGRANT?

July of each year is when Australia updates its Migration Program, including levels , priority processing and queue or waiting period for various categories in the Family and Economic streams.

The Australian government announced the 2015-2016 Migration Programme Planning levels, below:

There will be up to 190.000 permanent migration places available in 2015-16. The 2015-16 managed Migration Programme comprises of up to:

  • 128,550 Skill stream places
  • 57,400 Family stream places
  • 565 Special Eligibility stream places. 

At least 3,485 Child places will be available outside the managed Migration Programme.

From 2015-16 Child visas (excluding Orphan Relative visas) will no longer be counted under the managed Migration Programme. Additional Child visa places will be available over the next four years as it transitions to a fully demand driven programme by 2019-20.  Removing Child visas from the managed Migration Programme will ensure planning levels do not act as a barrier or delay to inter-country adoption (or uniting other children with their Australian families). 

Orphan relative visas will form part of the Other Family category within the managed Migration Programme.

STATE AND TERRITORY NOMINATION

While Skilled Migrants exploring migration options Down Under may check New Zealand’s Long Term Skill Shortage List, Australia has a distinct difference because of its continental advantage. Other than offering permanent residency to Skilled Migrants who may qualify on their own, Australia’s States and Territories actively compete with each other in attracting tradespersons and professionals each State or Territory needs.

Check out the latest 2016 list of occupations of each territory here.  Just click on the links to check these migration resources:

Australian Capital Territory - ACT OCCUPATIONS LIST.  Download the companion piece as well, ACT Guidelines for Skilled Nominated Category.

New South Wales - NSW OCCUPATIONS LIST FOR 190 2015-2016 JULY

Northern TerritoryNORTHERN TERRITORY HARD TO FILL JOBS.  In addition, NT has a list of MIGRATION OCCUPATIONS IN DEMAND ACROSS THE TERRITORY.

Queensland - for applicants who aren’t currently working in their nominated occupation in Queensland, there is a list for the State Nomination or The Skilled Regional Provisional visa - QLD OCCUPATIONS LIST FOR APPLICANTS NOT CURRENTLY WORKING IN QUEENSLAND

South Australia – What are the benefits of being nominated by the State? (1) Priority visa processing with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).; (2) You’ll receive 5 points for a 190 - Skilled Nominated visa towards the DIBP points test.; (3) You’ll receive 10 points for a 489- Skilled Regional Provisional visa towards the DIBP points test; (4) Access to a more extensive occupation list.; (5) An opportunity to live and work in a city ranked the 5th most liveable in the world.

The complete 2016-2017 list is now available. http://www.migration.sa.gov.au/skilled-migrants/lists-of-state-nominated-occupations

Tasmania – Overseas applicants intending to apply for nomination by the state may check if their occupation is on the list of in demand occupations in Tasmania - TASMANIA STATE NOMINATION.

Victoria - The Victorian Government can nominate highly skilled and employable professionals and tradespeople under the Skilled Nominated (190) visa and other visas. The State Nomination list for Victoria is accessible here - VICTORIA STATE NOMINATION OCCUPATION LIST 

Western Australia – Occupations in demand or priority in Western Australia - WESTERN AUSTRALIA SKILLED MIGRATION OCCUPATION LIST

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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