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South Australia’s General Skilled Migration Program 2023-24

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The South Australia government has officially opened the 2023-24 General Skilled Migration program, introducing several changes to streamline and prioritize the selection of skilled migrants. One significant change is the adoption of a Registration of Interest (ROI) system to invite potential applicants for state nomination. This article delves into the new framework, highlighting key aspects and priorities for interested candidates.

Priority for International Graduates and Temporary Visa Holders

In an effort to prioritize the retention of South Australia’s international graduates and temporary visa holders, the regional government now requires potential applicants to submit a Registration of Interest (ROI) instead of applying for state nomination directly. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will receive an invitation to apply for state nomination by the South Australian Government, ensuring a more targeted and efficient selection process.

Focus on High-Demand Industries

South Australia’s new skilled migration program specifically targets experienced overseas workers with skills needed in high-demand industries within the region. These industries include Trades and Construction, Defence, Health, Education, Natural and Physical Science, and Social and Welfare Professionals. By focusing on these sectors, South Australia aims to attract highly skilled professionals who can contribute significantly to their respective fields.

Pursuit of Critical Skills in National Priority Projects

Additionally, South Australia is actively seeking skilled overseas workers with highly specialized skills in the digital and critical technologies sectors or those with experience in the defence industry. These individuals are expected to make substantial contributions to projects considered as national priorities while strengthening South Australia’s fast-growing industries.

Over 290 Occupations Open to Offshore Skilled Workers

With over 290 occupations open for offshore skilled workers, international graduates, and temporary visa holders alike have numerous opportunities to participate in this revamped General Skilled Migration program. The published Skilled Occupation List ensures that a wide variety of occupations remain open to eligible candidates based on the region’s economic needs.

Eligibility for the South Australian Graduates Stream: A Comprehensive Guide

To qualify for the South Australian Graduates stream, applicants need to fulfill specific criteria. These requirements ensure that only skilled individuals who can contribute to South Australia’s economy and workforce are granted nomination.

  1. Nominated Occupation Eligibility: The applicant must first verify if their desired occupation is listed on South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List for the Graduates stream.
  2. Residence and Employment: Applicants must currently live and work in South Australia.
  3. Age Limit: Candidates should be under 45 years of age when their state nomination is approved.
  4. Skills Assessment: A valid and positive skills assessment for the nominated occupation is mandatory.
  5. English Proficiency: Unless the nominated occupation entails registration or licensing in South Australia, applicants must possess at least Competent English. In cases where registration or licensure is necessary, candidates must fulfill the respective regulatory authority’s English requirements. Occupations with such requisites include trades, education, and health professions. Passport holders or citizens from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, or New Zealand are exempt from providing English language test results.
  6. Points Test: A minimum score of 65 points in the Department of Home Affairs’ assessment (inclusive of state nomination points) is obligatory.
  7. Residence Duration: Applicants must have lived in South Australia for a minimum of 12 months before applying.
  8. Employment Requirements: Candidates should have worked full-time (minimum 30 hours weekly), in an occupation related and classified at the same skill level as their nominated job, for at least six months prior to application submission. Generally, this means being part of the same Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation (ANZSCO) Sub Major Group.
  9. Post-course Completion Work Experience: Applicants need to acquire skilled work experience after completing their course.
  10. Study Requirements: To qualify, candidates must complete their qualification at a South Australian educational institution that meets specific criteria, such as being CRICOS registered with at least 46 CRICOS weeks; aligning with the nominated occupation’s minimum qualification level on the Skilled Occupation List; having 50% of the qualification completed in South Australia; and residing in South Australia for at least one year during their studies.

For international graduates of South Australia seeking a state nomination via subclass 491 or 190 visa, they must: review the state’s Skilled Occupation List to ascertain if their occupation is available for nomination and meets specific requirements; review all prerequisites linked to their visa pathway, including those particular to South Australian Graduates for eligibility, waivers, and concessions; and prepare essential supporting documentation for their application.


South Australia’s 2023-24 General Skilled Migration program presents a unique set of opportunities for skilled migrants, with its ROI system leading to a more strategic and targeted selection process. With an emphasis on retaining international graduates, temporary visa holders, and professionals in high-demand industries, this program ensures continued growth within South Australia’s key sectors as well as the broader national economy.

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