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An Overview of Australia Skilled Immigration

Each State or Territory of Australia has its own list of occupations in demand. Find out where you are needed - and wanted.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on December 3, 2016; updated December 6, 2016

An Overview of Australia Skilled Immigration

General Considerations for Australia Skilled Immigration

The most common question we've encountered so far regarding this country "How can I immigrate to Australia?"  There really isn't any simple way to answer the question and the explanation is somewhat convoluted.   The truth remain though that Australia remains one of the countries with permanent migration programs offering residency to qualified skilled workers and applicants by providing a list of occupations in demand for each State or Territory.

Each State or Territory of Australia has its own list of occupations in demand. If you meet the requirements of the listed occupation, may apply for nomination in the State or Territory where your occupation is on the in-demand list.   And, If your occupation is on an Australian State or Territory's list of shortage skills, you could seek nomination from the specific State or Territory where applicant's occupation is listed.

Generally, you must have:

  1. The required English proficiency score AND;
  2. A suitable or positive assessment from the recognized assessing body for the occupation to be eligible for nomination. There are several assessing bodies but for many occupations, the assessing body is VETASSESS.

To confirm which assessing body is authorized to conduct the assessment for your occupation, check the Schedule 2 Consolidated Skilled Occupations List. The ANZCO Code and assessing authority as listed on the same field as the occupation itself.

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if you are invited by any of the States or Territories shown below. Upon receipt of the letter of invitation though, you must also have:

  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • not yet turned 50 years of age
  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test
  • at least competent English
  • been nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

For important information on Australian Student Visas, including requirements, CLICK HERE.

Australia's Territories and States

Australian Capital Territory

Do you have the skills that Canberra needs? If the type of work you do is in demand it will be identified on the ACT Occupation List. (The nomination reopens in 2017)

As a skilled migrant you can apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa if the status of your nominated occupation is shown as ‘open’ on the ACT Occupation List and you meet the nomination criteria as shown in the guidelines.

The occupations identified do not relate to a specific job vacancy, nor represent a guarantee of a job in a specific occupation. Your success finding employment will depend on the employer requirements, relevant skills and experience and level of English ability. As a new resident you may not be eligible to apply for some Federal Government positions where citizenship or security clearance is required.

To check the previous listing as an indication of what ACT could need next year, click this link - http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/article/act-occupation-list/

New South Wales (NSW)

The NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List) contains the priority occupations that NSW will invite candidates under for nomination for a skilled nominated visa (subclass 190).

In determining the occupations on the priority list, NSW uses Commonwealth and State employment data as well as evidence-supported feedback from NSW industry.

The occupations on these lists are selected to meet the skill needs of the NSW economy. The lists will be amended from time to time according to the skills needs in NSW.  Also the number of invitations to certain occupations are limited to ensure that places allocated under the 190 program are in line with the skills needs of NSW.


Northern Territory- Updated date: 21 November 2016

The Northern Territory (NT) Migration Occupation List includes occupations in demand across the NT.

If your skilled occupation is not on the NT Migration Occupation List but is on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) you may still apply for NT Government nomination however, you must provide strong evidence of positive employment prospects in the NT either in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.



Business and Skilled Migration Queensland nominates skilled migrants in occupations that have been identified in shortage in Queensland.  This stream is for migrants that are living and working outside of Queensland or overseas, including in another state or territory of Australia.  Migrants that are in Queensland but not currently working in their skilled occupation are also eligible to apply under this stream.


South Australia

The South Australian State Government nominates skilled migrants who are willing to live and work in South Australia and who have the skills and experience required by the state. 

To receive State nomination you must have an occupation featured on the State Nominated Occupation List and meet all the state and federal Government’s eligibility requirements.

There is an additional occupation list called the Supplementary Skilled List that you can access if you meet additional requirements.



State nomination from Tasmania provides you with 5 additional points to help you qualify for a visa under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) point test.

If you are nominated by the Tasmanian Government for this visa, you must live in Tasmania for two years after the visa has been issued.



Victoria’s two occupation lists (previously called Eligibility Lists) identify eligible occupations and requirements to apply for state nomination.

Extensive research and industry consultation is undertaken to ensure that Victoria’s skilled migration program attracts migrants with highly sought occupations, and those with a strong likelihood of finding work in Victoria’s labour market.

These occupations are endorsed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection through Victoria’s State Migration Plan.


Western Australia

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Applicants who have an occupation identified on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) those overseas as well as those already in Western Australia as temporary workers or student/graduates  may be eligible for Western Australian State nomination using the following visas:

State nomination applicants will have to compete with all potential employees in the Western Australian labour market to secure any available or advertised position.

For occupations which require licensing or registration before being permitted to work in Western Australia, a positive skills assessment and State nomination do not guarantee you will meet the licensing or registration requirements of the relevant licensing or registration authority. Those considering applying for Western Australian nomination are advised to check with the appropriate licensing or registration authority to verify their suitability for licensing or registration.


Authors & Contributors

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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