South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List 2023/24

 

The South Australian Government’s announcement of the 2023/24 SA Skilled Occupation List marks a significant event for skilled migrants seeking opportunities in the State.

On 27 September 2023, the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program officially opened for onshore and offshore applicants.

South Australia (SA) has transitioned to a Registration of Interest (ROI) process to manage the high demand for state nominations, creating a more competitive environment for prospective applicants.

This means that prospective applicants who meet the eligibility requirements can submit an ROI for SA.

Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee that your ROI will be invited to apply for nomination, as only a limited number of applicants can be nominated via SA’s Skilled Occupation List for 2023/24.

 

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Understanding South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List for 2023/24

 

SA’s Skilled Occupation List for 2023/24 reflects the changing needs of the State’s job market, focusing on various key sectors, including:

  1. Trades & Construction
  2. Defence
  3. Health
  4. Education
  5. Natural & Physical Sciences
  6. Social & Welfare Professionals.

Additionally, SA is actively seeking individuals with specialised skills in the digital and critical technologies sectors, emphasising the State’s commitment to innovation and growth.

Notably, international graduates and temporary visa holders will continue to find opportunities across a broad spectrum of occupations.

Moreover, there are more than 290 occupations open to offshore skilled workers, indicating SA’s eagerness to attract talent from around the world.

The full list of occupations and their ANZSCO codes can be found here.

 

A New Approach: Registration of Interest (ROI)

 

One of the most significant changes for this year’s skilled migration program is the introduction of the ROI process.

Instead of applying for state nomination directly, prospective applicants must first submit an ROI.

SA will then prioritise candidates based on certain criteria, with a special focus on retaining international graduates and temporary visa holders.

This adjustment aims to ensure that the State can harness the skills of those already contributing to SA’s economy.

 

South Australian State Nomination Criteria

 

The South Australian Government can nominate skilled migrants to enter its workforce.

Currently, there are two skilled migration visas available for state nomination:

Applicants may apply for state nomination through one of four streams:

  1. South Australian Graduates
  2. Working in South Australia
  3. Highly Skilled & Talented
  4. Offshore.

 

State Nomination Requirements

 

All applicants (regardless of stream) must meet the following requirements:

  • Their nominated occupation must be on SA’s Skilled Occupation List (concessions may apply for Highly Skilled & Talented stream applicants).
  • Be below 45 years of age.
  • Have a valid and positive skills assessment.
  • Score at least 65 on the Department of Home Affairs (Department) points test.
  • Have competent English language skills.
  • If their nominated occupation requires registration or licensing in SA, applicants must ensure that they also meet the English requirement set by the registration or licensing authority.
  • Department’s visa requirements.

Specifically for the South Australian Graduates stream and the Working in South Australia stream, SA will consider the following factors when selecting applicants:

  • Holding a temporary visa which will expire before 31 August 2024.
  • Turning 45 years of age before 31 August 2024.
  • Period of skilled employment experience in SA.
  • Types of skilled employment in SA.

 

1. South Australian Graduates Stream

 

To be eligible for the South Australian Graduates stream, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Currently living and working in SA.
  • Have completed post-graduation skilled work experience.
  • Have completed their qualification at an SA education provider and meet the following study requirements:
    • The applicant’s course must be registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions & Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), with a minimum of 46 CRICOS weeks.
    • The applicant’s study must meet the minimum qualification level listed for their nominated occupation on SA’s Skilled Occupation List.
    • At least 50% of the applicant’s qualification must have been completed in SA.
    • The applicant must have lived in SA for at least one year during their studies.
  • Have been residing in SA for at least the last 12 months.
  • Have been working for the last 6 months.
  • Currently employed in a full-time position (at least 30 hours per week). The applicant’s job must be related to their nominated occupation.

 

2. Working in South Australia Stream

 

To be eligible for the Working in South Australia stream, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Currently living and working in SA.
  • Have been residing in SA for at least the last 12 months.
  • Currently working in a relevant job for the nominated occupation.
  • Have completed post-graduation skilled work experience.
  • Have been working for the last 6 months.
  • Currently employed in a full-time position (at least 30 hours per week).

 

3. Highly Skilled & Talented Stream

 

Applicants for the Highly Skilled & Talented stream must demonstrate their talent and ability to support innovation in SA.

Applicants must be employed by an Australian or overseas employer. If the applicant is working or offered a position in SA, their employer must:

  • Have been an existing business with a premise located and operating in SA for at least the past 12 months.
  • Have an annual turnover of at least $4 million (concessions apply for start-up companies, regional businesses, and businesses that support the Defence sector).
  • Be a business of good standing.

Applicants with experience in the following industries are subject to additional requirements:

  • Hi-Tech
  • Digital
  • Defence
  • Space.

 

4. Offshore Stream

 

Skilled migrants currently residing offshore who have submitted an EOI may be selected by SA and invited to apply for state nomination.

Candidates will be assessed by the following factors:

  1. Years and field of skilled employment
  2. English language ability
  3. EOI points.

If selected to apply for SA nomination, applicants must submit their application within 14 days.

Applicants in priority nominated occupations may be selected to apply for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190).

Offshore highly skilled migrants may also directly register their interest in state nomination through the Highly Skilled & Talented stream.

We have obtained countless visa invitations and state sponsorships, and can assist applicants with submitting a strong EOI.

 

Business & Innovation Visa Nomination

 

While the focus is primarily on SA’s Skilled Occupation List, it’s important to note that the Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) is not open for applications.

However, those who already hold this visa can apply for nomination for the extension stream or the Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) visa (Subclass 888) in the 2023/24 period without being subject to a nomination cap.

Read more about this here.

 

Contact Us

 

The release of SA’s Skilled Occupation List for 2023/24 signals an exciting opportunity for skilled migrants looking to make SA their home.

With the shift to the ROI process and a focus on retaining talent, the State is committed to welcoming skilled individuals who can contribute to its continued growth and development.

Prospective applicants should carefully consider their eligibility and the specific requirements of the different nomination streams.

Manoeuvring SA’s Skilled Occupation List and the state nomination process can be complex, but the rewards are substantial for those who succeed.

For expert guidance, contact Bambrick Legal today:

Please note: Our migration and citizenship consultations are provided on a fee basis.

Related Blog – Changes to South Australia’s General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program for 2023/24

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