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Skilled Migration Opens In South Australia For 2021-22

Skilled migrants in South Australia (now dwelling) who meet the requirements of the state government and the Department of Home Affairs may apply for state nominations in the following categories:

1. Talent and Innovators Program

Making prospects and pathways available for anyone who desire to contribute to South Australia’s priority emerging industries.

2. International Graduate of South Australia

Except otherwise indicated for your occupation, SA graduates must have worked in their nominated or closely related occupation in South Australia for the previous three months (post-course completion).

3. Currently working in South Australia (including long-term residents)

You may be qualified for skilled work experience exemptions if you live and work in outer regional South Australia, or if you are a long-term resident living and working in SA.

4. Offshore Interest Registration – Critical Skills

Offshore applicants can now apply for specialised trade and health jobs. You can submit a Registration of Interest application if you meet the established standards for your occupation.

Upon receiving the state nomination, applicants can apply for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa Subclass 491 (five-year visa) and the Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190. (permanent visa). Offshore applicants, on the other hand, must submit a letter of intent indicating trades and health-related occupation skills, as well as English proficiency.

For candidates from other countries the requirements are:

  • RoI (Registration of Interest) denoting specific trades and health-related professions
  • English proficiency certificate
  • Two to eight years of work experience (depending on priority) in the occupation
  • Superior command of English

List of occupations for applicants from other countries

Offshore applicants who want to apply for the Talent and Innovators programme must also submit an RoI.

  • Maintenance planner
  • Fitter (general)
  • Bricklayer
  • Fitter and turner
  • Roof tiler
  • Metal machinist
  • Panel beater
  • Floor finisher
  • Stonemason
  • Carpet and joiner
  • Painting trade worker
  • Glazier, wall, and floor tiler

Offshore applicants must have at least two years of work experience, or five years if the occupation is closely related, as well as a strong command of the English language. Some occupations will prioritise those with eight years of work experience and a better level of English.

For onshore candidates

Onshore candidates who meet the state and federal qualifications may apply for a nomination. Depending on the length of their work experience in the state, they may be eligible for the 491 or 190 visas.

The state government has also given exemptions to applicants who reside and work in outer and remote South Australia. A long-term resident, for example, who works in an area other than his or her nominated skilled occupation or one closely connected to it may be qualified for the state nomination.

International graduates from South Australia who meet the state’s study requirements might gain extra points when applying for one of the two visa subclasses. The state government has also given exemptions to applicants who reside and work in outer and remote South Australia.

  • RoI eligibility (applying for the Talent and Innovators programme)
  • It is determined by work experience in the state


  • The South Australian government has granted exemptions to applicants in the outer and regional zones (living and working). Long-term residents who work in a closely related field, for example, are also able to apply for state nomination.
  • Overseas graduates who complete all of South Australia’s study requirements will be given extra points when applying for one of two visa subclasses.

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