Australian Skilled Worker Visas

Australian Skilled Worker Visas

For a better way of life

Thousands of people emigrate to Australia each year to take advantage of the world-class standard of living on offer.

For over 20 years our team are committed to helping people emigrate to Australia as easily as possible. Our experts are highly qualified and experienced in all aspects of Australian immigration law.

Permanent Working Visas

Australian law and government work within a federal system. There are three popular visas to emigrate permanently as a skilled worker. The first is the 189 visa which is a federal level visa allowing a person to live and work anywhere in Australia, for this reason, it is the most desirable and the most difficult to secure.

The other two options are the state nominated 190 and the 489 visas. Each state and visa class has their own qualifying criteria, which can make it confusing when figuring out the best options available, as the eligibility criteria differ between visas, professions and states. 

Discover Your Options

We make the whole emigration process easy and fast. Simply take advantage of our FREE assessment. We will be happy to calculate your points and provide our expert guidance.

Your Skilled Migration Options

If you are not yet ready to complete our assessment, we hope you can find what you are looking for in our more detailed pages dealing with specific skilled visa streams.

189 Visas Australia

Australian 190 visas

How to Emigrate to Australia as a Skilled Worker

The Australia Points-Based Skilled Migration System

Overview of Australian Immigration controls

The purpose of the points test mechanism is to help select skilled migrants who offer the best in terms of economic benefit to Australia.

The most popular skilled visas

The key visa sub-classes under the points-based skilled migration category are available to independent (un-sponsored) applicants, applicants. These include the 189 visa, 190 and 489 visas. The 190 and 489 are nominated by a state or territory.

Section 93 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) provides the Minister with the power to prescribe points for a range of factors through regulations. Points are currently awarded for the following factors:

  • Age;
  • English language ability;
  • Number of years of skilled employment in the past ten years within or outside Australia;
  • Level of educational qualifications;
  • Qualifications obtained from Australian educational institutions;
  • Other factors, such as community language qualifications, study in regional Australia or a low-population-growth metropolitan area, partner skill qualifications, and Professional Year in Australia; and
  • Nomination by a state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member (relevant visas only).

To be eligible you must have a skill in demand and listed on a skilled occupation list.

The current passmark

To be eligibile to apply for a visa, the current pass mark is sixty five points.

Apart from passing the points test and nominating a skilled occupation from the MLTSSL, there are basic eligibility requirements that must be met in order to obtain one of the visas: you must be under forty five years of age, have at least competent English, and meet the health and character requirements.

These visas can include your family members.

What skilled visas are available?

There Are Several Classes & Sub-classes Of Skilled Visas

While 'work visa' is a catch-all term the type of visa you will need depends on your skill set, your sponsorship and a range of other important factors.

Each state has an allocation of skilled visas they can nominate and to make matters even more complex, within each state, there are various designated areas who are also able to sponsor skilled migrants. Each with their own qualifying criteria, benefits and restrictions.

Selecting the right visa and knowing which documents are required on submission for your situation is critical to successfully gaining your visa.

Skilled Migrant visa classes

  • Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
  • Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)
  • Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (Subclass 489)
  • Training Subclass 407 visas
Our Complete List of Skills in Demand

Skills In Demand in Australia

You can also download a copy on the link below on our page - We hope you find your profession.

Accommodation and Hospitality Managers
Accountant (General)
Aeronautical Engineer
Agricultural Consultant
Agricultural Engineer
Agricultural Scientist
Air-conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)
Anaesthetic Technician
Analyst Programmer
Architectural Draftsperson
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
Arts Administrator or Manager
Automotive Electrician
Biomedical Engineer
Boat Builder and Repairer
Building Associate
Building Inspector
Business Machine Mechanic
Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)
Cafe or Restaurant Manager
Cardiac Technician
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Carpenter and Joiner
Chemical Plant Operator
Chief Executive or Managing Director
Chief Information Officer
Child Care Centre Manager
Civil Engineer
Civil Engineering Draftsperson
Clinical Haematologist
Clinical Psychologist
Community Worker
Complementary Health Therapists
Computer Network and Systems Engineer
Construction Project Manager
Corporate General Manager
Corporate Services Manager
Developer Programmer
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)
Diversional Therapist
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
Education Adviser
Education Managers
Educational Psychologist
Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
Electrical Engineering Technician
Electrician (General)
Electrician (Special Class)
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)
Emergency Medicine Specialist
Engineering Manager
Engineering Professionals
Engineering Technologist
Enrolled Nurse
Environmental Engineer
Environmental Manager
Environmental Research Scientist
Environmental Scientists
Equipment Hire Manager
External Auditor
Faculty Head
Family and Marriage Counsellor
Family Support Worker
Fibrous Plasterer
Fitter (General)
Fitter and Turner
Fleet Manager
Furniture Finisher
General Practitioner
Geotechnical Engineer
Grape Grower
Graphic Designer
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager
Hardware Technician
Health and Welfare Services Managers
Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals
Health Information Manager
Health Promotion Officer
Hospital Pharmacist
Hotel or Motel Manager
ICT Account Manager
ICT Business Analyst
ICT Business Development Manager
ICT Customer Support Officer
ICT Managers
ICT Project Manager
ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
ICT Sales Representative
ICT Security Specialist
ICT Support Engineer
ICT Systems Test Engineer
ICT Trainer
Industrial Designer
Industrial Pharmacist
Intensive Care Specialist
Interior Designer
Internal Auditor
Journalists and Other Writers
Judicial and Other Legal Professionals
Laboratory Manager
Land Economist
Landscape Architect
Landscape Gardener
Life Science Technician
Lift Mechanic
Livestock Farmer
Management Accountant
Management Consultant
Marine Biologist
Marketing Specialist
Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Technician
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Oncologist
Medical Practitioners
Medical Radiation Therapist
Medical Technicians
Metal Fabricator
Metal Fitters and Machinists
Metal Machinist (First Class)
Metallurgical or Materials Technician
Middle School Teacher / Intermediate School Teacher
Mine Deputy
Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum)
Minister of Religion
Motor Mechanic (General)
Motorcycle Mechanic
Naval Architect
Network Administrator
Network Analyst
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Nurse Educator
Nurse Manager
Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Clinical Director
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
Occupational Therapist
Organisation and Methods Analyst
Organisational Psychologist
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Orthotist or Prosthetist
Other Spatial Scientist
Other Sports Coach or Instructor
Paediatric Surgeon
Painting trades workers
Patents Examiner
Pharmacy Technician
Physicist (Medical Physicist only)
Picture Framer
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Plumber (General)
Power Generation Plant Operator
Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer
Primary Health Organisation Manager
Primary School Teacher
Production Manager (Forestry)
Program or Project Administrator
Public Relations Professional
Quality Assurance Manager
Quantity Surveyor
Radiation Oncologist
Radio Communications Technician
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
Registered Nurse (Medical)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Registered Nurse (Paediatric)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
Registered Nurse (Surgical)
Registered Nurses
Rehabilitation Counsellor
Renal Medicine Specialist
Resident Medical Officer
Residential Care Officer
Roof plumber
Roof Tiler
School Principal
Secondary School  Teacher
Sheetmetal Trades Worker
Small Engine Mechanic
Social Worker
Software and Applications Programmers
Software Engineer
Software Tester
Solid Plasterer
Sound Technician
Special Needs Teacher
Specialist Physician (General Medicine)
Specialist Physicians
Speech Pathologist
Stockbroking Dealer
Structural Engineer
Student Counsellor
Supply and Distribution  Manager
Surgeon (General)
Systems Administrator
Systems Analyst
Taxation Accountant
Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
Teacher of the Sight Impaired
Technical Cable Jointer
Technical Director
Technical Sales Representatives
Technical Writer
Telecommunications Engineer
Telecommunications Field Engineer
Telecommunications Lineworker
Telecommunications Network Engineer
Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist
Television Journalist
Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic
Thoracic Medicine Specialist
Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Transport Company Manager
Transport Engineer
University Tutor
Urban and Regional Planner
Vascular Surgeon
Vehicle Body Builder
Vehicle Trimmer
Wall and Floor Tiler
Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer
Web Designer
Welder (First Class)
Welfare Centre Manager
Welfare Worker
Wood Machinist
Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers
Youth Worker

Australian skilled visas costs and process

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Skilled Workers Immigration Options
Australia skilled worker visas

Name: The Most Popular Skilled Worker Visas for Migrants

Description: There are three main skilled worker visa categories for Australia:

  • 189 Visas
  • 190 Visas
  • 489 visas
Each visa class carries its own qualifying criteria and conditions for approval to emigrate.

Each case is unique and dealt with on it's own merits. Australia only selects the best candidates from a global pool of talent.

The Australian immigration policy is designed to protect Australian jobs for Australian workers.

Tailored emigration solutions available to meet your private requirements.

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