Emigrating For Work To Australia

Australia skilled worker visas

Australian Skills Based Permanent Visas

There was 160,000 skilled migrant place allocated for 2019/20, down from 190,000 the previous year. Australia offers an incredible standard of living, making it the world's most popular destinations for skilled workers.

The 189, 190, 491 streams offer people the opportunity to emigrate, but you may need to be flexible on where you live to maximise your opportunity of success.


In 2019 Australia reached 25 million in population, a figure they were not expecting to achieve until the year 2042. As a result, the government imposed severe restrictions on the number of migrants accept each year.

Current visa classes now place stringent conditions on where migrants can live, limiting their ability to purchase land or property, removing access to free education and creating a 4-year probationary period before they can apply for permanent residency.

We work with our clients to maximise their chance of success and to minimise the impact these new immigration policies may have on their plans.


If you do not fit into the mould of a skilled worker, an ideal alternative starts from only $595K. With no upper age limit, no points test or English test required, it is now one of the most popular forms of emigration to Australia. Find out more about our investor options.


Complete our enquiry form, to discover ALL your options and to receive our free guide.

Changes on Points test for General Skilled Migration

To be eligible, you must be under 45 years on the date you receive an invitation to emigrate.

  • 15 points for nomination by a State or Territory government agency or sponsorship by a family member residing in regional Australia, to live and work in regional Australia;
  • 10 points for certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) qualifications;

Partner points

    • 10 points for a skilled spouse or de facto partner; Partner need a skills assessment or
    • 10 points for applicants without a spouse or de facto partner or partner is Australia citizen or PR or eligible NZ citizen or
    • 5 points for a spouse or de facto partner with ‘competent English’

These new changes are going to be complicated so contact us for further advice

Bespoke Relocation Services

Our clients benefit from exceptional relocation support. From finding their perfect home to enrolling their children in the very best schools.

We have relocation experts in every major state and city on hand to meet our clients on arrival. Our aim is to arrange everything our clients may require to relocate and settle into their perfect new home quickly.

The Australia Points-Based Skilled Migration System

Overview of Australian Immigration controls

The purpose of the points test mechanism is to help Australia select those skilled migrants who offer the best in terms of economic benefit to Australia. The system is designed wholly for the benefit of the Australian economy.

The most popular skilled options

The key sub-classes under the points-based skilled migration category are available to independent (un-sponsored) applicants, applicants. These include the 189, 190 and 491 streams. The 190 and 491 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 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 pass mark

To be eligible 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: 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.

Only file a winning case

Submitting an expression of interest does not guarantee a visa. The EOI is just saying to the Australian Government you are interested in emigrating as a skilled migrant. After an EOI has been submitted Australian immigration authorities do not provide feedback on whether the application will be successful or rejected. Unsuccessful cases will be held in the EOI pool for two years before being removed from the pool. The majority of those who submit an EOI never receive an invitation to emigrate and after 2 years their EOI is closed. It important a case is presented correctly from the beginning as first impressions count.

Being invited to apply

You can only apply for a permanent skilled visa if you're invited by the DIBP.

After submitting an EOI, your case will be ranked against other intending applicants and you might be invited to apply for a permanent visa if you are deemed to the best candidate available.

If you are successful, Invitations are issued regularly through an automated system. If you are not successful, your application will be removed from the EOI pool after two years.

The DIBP do not provide feedback to applicants on the merits of their case nor do they provide immigration advice.

Just like applying for a job

Just like an employer Australia only invites the best candidates to join them. Unlike most employers, Australia receives over 30,000 applications globally per day.

The skills assessment is used by the Australian Govt. to determine which applicants are of the highest calibre.

Securing your invitation could depend on the outcome of your assessment and needs to include those elements an Australian Immigration Official will want to see.

The skills assessment is an important part of any case, but not the only factor to consider when applying.

Your points can change

The most frequent issue we see is where people have miss-calculated their points or trusted an online calculator and submitted an EOI believing they have fewer points than they do. In other cases, points need to be deducted as they were overestimated.

The Immigration Officer must be persuaded by the case and supporting documentary evidence to award points to an applicant.

Every case is unique, only after reviewing all the documents in a case can we evaluate its merits accurately, to do this correctly we rely on experts with over 20 years experience in Australian immigration law.

Points are awarded based on the evidence, not on what is initially entered into an online calculator. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts or simple answers as this is a legal case in a foreign jurisdiction, designed to select only those candidates Australia wants to invite.

Tempus fugit

18 to 25 is a little young to secure maximum points for age, but by the time you reach 33 you are starting to lose points for being too old.

There is no better time to apply than right now - unless you are under 25 years old!

By the time you reach 45 years you are too old and would need to look at investor visa options or other visa classes to follow your dreams.

Ever took a driving test?

The English test is similar as it requires a prescribed methodology which is not required in day to day use of language.

Some people re-sit their test twice or even 3 times.

In our experience, however, most people do eventually pass their English test.

The fact you decided to read this website in English is a strong indicator that you will be fine!

Even if that means a re-sit is required.

Protecting the public purse

There is nothing more important to Australia than protecting the public purse.

Australia screen all potential migrants to ensure they do not have a medical condition that will exceed the personal budget set by social services for health care.

If you or a family member have a medical condition that would be an excessive burden to the Australian public purse it could ruin your chances of emigrating.

Australia has received a great deal of criticism over their hard-line approach on this matter, however, there are no plans to amend the policy.

Criminal records

There are new powers to refuse those with previous convictions for domestic abuse and violence against women.

While other offences are also red flags to the Australian Immigration department.

If you have a criminal conviction it is important to address this in the correct way to mitigate the impact on your plans.

A minor criminal record, if managed correctly is not a barrier to emigrating.

Only submit a winning case

Historical attempts at securing a visa can result in the refusal of future visas.

Australia can impose a ban on applying for another visa for a period of time, this can range from six months to life.

Never rush into filing a case unless you are confident of success.

Australian immigration law has teeth and rejection can have serious unforeseen consequences.

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

Pro & Cons of each Sub-class

Each state has an allocation of skills they will nominate and 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 option and knowing which documents are required on submission for your situation is critical to successfully emigrating.

It is equally important on arrival so you can pursue your employment goals without being hindered by your choice during the emigration process.

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.

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A TV Advert From The 1950's For Emigration to Australia

It is still fascinating for us to see how easy it used to be to emigrate to Australia... Unfortunately, one of the most common phrases we hear every day is "...I wish I did it years ago." so, don't leave it too late as experience has taught us it only gets harder.

"Come Over To The Sunny Side Now..."

Australia Skilled Visas brochure 2018 Cover

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Description: Complete our Australian immigration assessment to secure your free copy of our Australian Skilled Emigration guide.

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