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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

Australia 2017-18 Migration Program

While Australia’s migration program size and composition changes over time, the planning levels (or how many in each stream are to be admitted) changes “to meet the social and economic needs” of the country.  While each State and Territory publishes the preferred type of Skilled Migrants, those admitted as State or Territory-nominated still fall within the overall migration program planning levels.

Further to “achieve a range of economic and social outcomes” Australia has allocated more placs to Skilled Migrants than family-sponsorships: 68 percent and 32 percent respectively.

The 2017-2018 planning level remains unchanged from the last program year with the total places available capped at 190,000 broken down into the following streams:

  • Skilled – designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia. This represents the majority of places  offered (128,550 places in 2017-18).
  • Family – is predominately made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas, and provide them with pathways to citizenship (57,400 places in 2017-18). 
  • Special Eligibility – this covers visas for those in special circumstances that do not fit into the other streams. This can include permanent residents returning to the country after a period away, and is the smallest stream (565 places in 2017-18). 
     

At least 3,485 Child places will be available outside the managed Migration Programme in 2017-18.

The Department of Home Affairs provide the numbers, below.

2017-18 Migration Programme planning levels

Stream and Category

2016-17

2017-18

Skill stream

Employer Sponsored

48,250

48,250

Skilled Independent

43,990

43,990

State & Territory & Regional Sponsored

28,850

28,850

Business Innovation & Investment Programme

7,260

7,260

Distinguished Talent

200

200

Skill Total

128,550

128,550

Skill % of Programme

68.9%*

68.9%*

Family Stream

Partner

47,825

47,825

Parent

8,675

8,675

Other Family

900

900

Family Total

57,400

57,400

Family % of Programme

30.8%*

30.8%*

Special Eligibility

565

565

Total Migration Programme

186,515

186,515

Child (outside the Migration Programme)

3,485

3,485

STATE AND TERRITORY NOMINATION

SkillSelect  remains the online selection system that the Australian government uses to ​manage its skilled migration program including those in the States, Territories and regional areas. Through SkillSelect, Australia identifies the quality and  quantity of skilled migrants the country needs. This is illustrated by Australian's migration program planning levels, above.

To be considered for selectsion, Skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. After providing the required information, an applicant's EOI is available and accessible for viewing by a State or Territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Each State and Territory has its own criteria for deciding which applicants they will nominate. 

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

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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