Vine, Sunshine & Kissed By God
South Australia is safe, has over 300 days sunshine a year and within 40 minutes from Adelaide, you can be on the beach or in the wine lands that produces some of the finest wines in the world. An area of Australia both understated and underpopulated in many ways as there is ample space to grow into but even in the centre of their modern towns and cities you never feel crowded out. The beaches have space to visit but also to spread out for a game of ball or just having a run and maybe a BBQ.
For those who wish to immigrate as a skilled worker, we have listed the latest information on those skills in demand.
Committed to Growing The Population
South Australia’s estimated resident population reached 1.701 million in September 2015, representing an annual average growth rate of 0.7%. This is below the decade average annual growth rate (1.0% from September 2005 to September 2015, but higher than that of the previous decade (0.5% per annum from September 1995 to September 2005).
Population growth is a result of natural increase (births minus deaths), net interstate migration, and net overseas migration. Net overseas migration has been the key driver of South Australia's overall population growth rate in recent years - reaching a peak of 18,005 people in the year to June 2009. In the year to September 2015, net overseas migration contributed 10,255 to total population growth.
South Australia traditionally experiences a net loss to interstate migration. In the year to September 2015, this amounted to 4,125 people.
South Australia is committed to growing the population to 2 million by 2027.
South Australia State Nomination
1.1 State nomination is provided to meet skills needs of this state and is granted on the basis of the applicant’s genuine interest and commitment to living and working in South Australia for two years from the date of arrival, with a view to long-term settlement.
We help our clients become compliant with each of the criteria laid out by South Australia to secure state sponsorship we must confirm your commitment by:
1.1.1 Demonstrating you have undertaken first-hand, thorough and meaningful research on South Australia and providing reasons for wanting to migrate to South Australia.
1.1.2 Demonstrate how you have undertaken research on job opportunities in South Australia and any occupation licensing or registration requirements.
1.2 On arrival in South Australia on a State Nominated General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa, you are required to:
1.2.1 Register your arrival with Immigration SA
1.2.2 Provide up to date contact details online to Immigration SA for your first two years in South Australia
1.2.3 Complete employment surveys during your first two years in South Australia
1.3 The following commitment to state restrictions apply.
1.3.1 If you are in Australia but not residing in South Australia, you are ineligible to apply for South Australian state nomination. This restriction includes South Australian international graduates residing interstate and overrides chain migration and high points categories.
1.3.2 If you are residing offshore or in South Australia and you completed your Australian qualification outside South Australia in the last 3 years, you can only apply for the provisional 489 visa unless:
- At least 6 months of your skilled work experience was undertaken in South Australia (489 or 190 is available)
- You meet the requirements for Chain Migration (489 or 190 is available).
Skills in demand in South Australia
|Chief Executives, General Managers & Legislators|
|Chief Executive or Managing Director||High Availability|
|Corporate General Manager||High Availability|
|Farmers and Farm Managers|
|Grape Grower||High Availability|
|Beef Cattle Farmer||High Availability|
|Mixed Livestock Farmer||High Availability|
|Poultry Farmer||High Availability|
|Sheep Farmer||High Availability|
|Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer||High Availability|
|Sales and Marketing Manager||High Availability|
|Corporate Services Manager||High Availability|
|Finance Manager||High Availability|
|Human Resource Manager||High Availability|
|Policy and Planning Manager||High Availability|
|Construction Project Manager||High Availability|
|Project Builder||High Availability|
|Engineering Manager||High Availability|
|Importer or Exporter||High Availability|
|Production Manager (Manufacturing)||High Availability|
|Supply and Distribution Manager||High Availability|
|Child Care Centre Manager||High Availability|
|Medical Administrator||High Availability|
|Nursing Clinical Director||High Availability|
|Welfare Centre Manager||High Availability|
|Health and Welfare Services Managers||High Availability|
|Chief Information Officer||High Availability|
|ICT Project Manager||High Availability|
|ICT Managers||High Availability|
|Art Administrator or Manager||High Availability|
|Environmental Manager||High Availability|
|Laboratory Manager||High Availability|
|Quality Assurance Manager||High Availability|
|Specialist Managers||High Availability|
|Hospitality, Retail & Service Managers|
|Cafe or Restaurant Manager||Medium Availability|
|Call or Contact Centre Manager||Special Conditions Apply|
|Customer Service Manager||Medium Availability|
|Fleet Manager||High Availability|
|Transport Company Manager||High Availability|
|Facilities Manager||High Availability|
|Financial Institution Branch Manager||Special Conditions Apply|
|Equipment Hire Manager||High Availability|
|Business, Human Resource & Marketing Professionals|
|ICT Trainer||High Availability|
|Training and Development Professional||Medium Availability|
|Design, Engineering, Science & Transport Professionals|
|Ship Master||High Availability|
|Other Spatial Scientist||High Availability|
|Fashion Designer||Special Conditions Apply|
|Industrial Designer||Medium Availability|
|Jewellery Designer||High Availability|
|Wine Maker||High Availability|
|Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)||High Availability|
|Occupational therapist||High Availability|
|Speech Pathologist||High Availability|
|General Practitioner||High Availability|
|Surgeon (General)||High Availability|
|Cardiothoracic Surgeon||High Availability|
|Orthopaedic Surgeon||High Availability|
|Paediatric Surgeon||High Availability|
|Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon||High Availability|
|Vascular Surgeon||High Availability|
|Emergency Medicine Specialist||High Availability|
|Obstetrician and Gynaecologist||High Availability|
|Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist||High Availability|
|Radiation Oncologist||High Availability|
|Medical Practitioners||High Availability|
|Nurse Practitioner||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Aged Care)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Child And Family Health)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Community Health)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Development Disability)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Disability And Rehabilitation)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Medical)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Mental Health)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Perioperative)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Surgical)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse (Paediatric)||High Availability|
|Registered Nurse||High Availability|
|ICT Business Analyst||Medium Availability|
|Systems Analyst||High Availability|
|Multimedia Specialist||High Availability|
|Web Developer||High Availability|
|Analyst Programmer||High Availability|
|Developer Programmer||High Availability|
|Software Engineer||High Availability|
|Software Tester||Special Conditions Apply|
|Software and Applications Programmers||High Availability|
|Database Administrator||Medium Availability|
|ICT Security Specialist||Medium Availability|
|Systems Administrator||Medium Availability|
|Computer Network and Systems Engineer||Medium Availability|
|Network Administrator||High Availability|
|Network Analyst||High Availability|
|ICT Quality Assurance Engineer||High Availability|
|ICT Support Engineer||Special Conditions Apply|
|ICT Systems Test Engineer||High Availability|
|ICT Support and Test Engineers||High Availability|
|Telecommunications Engineer||Special Conditions Apply|
|Telecommunications Network Engineer||Low Availability|
|Legal, Social & Welfare Professionals|
|Social Worker||High Availability|
|Welfare Worker||High Availability|
|Engineering, ICT & Science Technicians|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||High Availability|
|Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson||Special Conditions Apply|
|Mechanical Engineering Technician||Special Conditions Apply|
|Maintenance Planner||Medium Availability|
|Metallurgical or Materials Technician||High Availability|
|Building and Engineering Technicians||High Availability|
|Hardware Technician||High Availability|
|ICT Customer Support Officer||High Availability|
|Web Administrator||High Availability|
|ICT Support Technicians||High Availability|
|Automotive & Engineering Trades Workers|
|Automotive Electrician||High Availability|
|Motor Mechanic (General)||High Availability|
|Diesel Motor Mechanic||High Availability|
|Motorcycle Mechanic||High Availability|
|Sheetmetal Trades Worker||High Availability|
|Fitter (General)||High Availability|
|Fitter and Turner||High Availability|
|Metal Machinist (First Class)||High Availability|
|Metal Fitters and Machinists||High Availability|
|Vehicle Painter||High Availability|
|Construction Trades Workers|
|Solid Plasterer||High Availability|
|Roof Tiler||High Availability|
|Wall and Floor Tiler||High Availability|
|Plumber (General)||High Availability|
|Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber||High Availability|
|Roof Plumber||High Availability|
|Electrotechnology & Telecommunications Trades Workers|
|Electrician (General)||High Availability|
|Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic||High Availability|
|Business Machine Mechanic||High Availability|
|Electronic Equipment Trades Worker||High Availability|
|Food Trades Workers|
|Pastry Cook||Medium Availability|
|Butcher or Smallgoods Maker||High Availability|
|Skilled Animal & Horticultural Workers|
|Veterinary Nurse||High Availability|
|Other Technicians & Trades Workers|
|Dressmaker or Tailor||High Availability|
|Wool Classer||High Availability|
|Health & Welfare Support Workers|
|Enrolled Nurse||High Availability|
|Community Worker||High Availability|
|Sales Representatives & Agents|
|Stock and Station Agent||High Availability|
Top Facts About South Australia You Should Know Before You Emigrate
South Australia's Indigenous history
South Australia was home to many Indigenous peoples. For example, the Murray River and the Coorong were home to the Ngarrindjeri and Nganguraku people.
The Kaurna people are the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains in South Australia. Some Kaurna place names still remain today, such as Willunga. Many parks and squares throughout Adelaide are dual named using the Kaurna Warra language. For example, Victoria Square in Adelaide’s CBD is also known by its Kaurna name, Tarntanyangga, which translates to ‘red-kangaroo rock place’. The Torrens River also goes by the Kaurna name of Karrawirra Pari.
Evidence has been found in caves beneath the Nullarbor Plains at Koonalda that Aboriginals were mining flint there 22,000 years ago. There is also evidence of Aboriginal Australians at Wyrie Swap (near Millicent) using boomerangs to hunt waterfowl 10,000 years ago.
The South Australian coastline remained largely unexplored and uninhabited by Europeans until the start of the nineteenth century.
In the early 1800s, The English navigator, Matthew Flinders, and the Frenchman, Captain Nicolas Baudin, each set off on separate voyages to explore the southern coastline of Australia (then known as New Holland). On 8 April 1802, Baudin, (who was travelling west) and Flinders, (who was travelling east) unexpectedly met near Victor Harbour. The men exchanged information about what lay ahead for the other and vital knowledge about freshwater locations. The bay where they met was aptly named Encounter Bay.
Unlike many Australian states, South Australia was not settled as a penal colony for convicts. Instead, it was settled by free settlers. The first ships carrying 200 free settlers arrived in South Australia in 1836. The ship arrived from England, however many of the settlers were from Germany. By 1850, about 38,000 immigrants had settled in South Australia.
South Australia by numbers
- The population of South Australia is 1,717,000.
- 49.3 percent of the South Australian population are male and 50.7 percent are female.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 2 percent of South Australia’s population.
- Adelaide (the capital city of South Australia) has an estimated population of about 1.34 million people.
- The top five ancestries for people in South Australia are English, Australian, Scottish, Irish and German.
- The top five languages (other than English) spoken in South Australia are Italian, Mandarin, Greek, Vietnamese and Persian/Dari.
- The top five countries of birth (other than Australia) for people in South Australia are England, India, China, Italy and Vietnam.
- South Australia has an area of 983,482 km2. This accounts for 12.7 percent of Australia. It is the country’s fourth-largest state.
- The South Australian border is 3,185 km long.
* correct at 2016 Census
State flag and emblems
The South Australian flag dates back to 1904. As with all Australian state flags, the Union Jack appears in the top-left corner of the flag of South Australia. The badge to the right of the Union Jack is a Piping Shrike bird standing on the branch of a gumtree against the rising sun.
Coat of Arms
The South Australian Coat of Arms was originally granted by King Edward VIII in 1936, however, the current arms were updated in 1984. The shield depicts an image of a Piping Shrike bird on a gum branch against a rising sun. Above the shield are the state colours of South Australia: red, blue and gold. Above these are four Sturt’s Desert Pea flowers. The shield rests on green grass which yields wheat, barley and grape vines. On the ground, there are citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons as well as two cogwheels and a miner’s pick. The scroll at the base of the arms reads ‘South Australia’.
The floral emblem of South Australia has been Sturt’s Desert Pea since 1961. The plant, which is a member of the legume family, is named after Captain Charles Sturt who explored the Adelaide region in 1844.
The bird emblem for South Australia is the Piping Shrike or White Backed Magpie. The bird is said to represent resourcefulness and bravery. The animal emblem of South Australia has been the Hairy-Nosed or Plains Wombat since 1970. The marsupial’s scientific name means ‘hairy-nosed broad-fronted’.
South Australia’s marine emblem has been the Leafy Seadragon since 2001. The Leafy Seadragon uses its unusual looks to camouflage itself to look like seaweed and seagrass.
South Australia’s gemstone emblem has been opal since 1985. South Australia is home to three major opal fields: Coober Pedy, Mintabie and Andamooka.
South Australia attractions
South Australia is home to some of Australia’s most spectacular beaches, exciting destinations and remarkable sights. It holds many manmade and natural wonders, some of which are detailed below.
The Ghan Railway
The Ghan is named after the Afghan camel drivers who arrived in Australia in the 1800s. The Afghans and their camels accompanied expeditions to explore the outback and assisted transport and communication.
The first train to run along the original Ghan line, in 1929, was steam powered. It was officially called the ‘Afghan Express’. The original line followed the route of an explorer named John MacDouall Stuart from Adelaide to Alice Springs (then named Stuart).
In 1980, the old railway track, which was narrow and termite-riddled, was abandoned. In 2004, the route was extended all the way to Darwin in the Northern Territory. The train now covers 2,969 km of the scenic Australian outback.
The Murray River
The Murray River runs through three states: New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia where it flows into the Southern Ocean.
For European settlers, the river was like a water highway with paddle steamers transporting goods such as wool and wheat up and down the Murray. Today the Murray River is a popular tourist destination. The riverbank provides great spots for camping and fishing. You can even cruise the river on a houseboat. Many water sports are enjoyed along the Murray such as water skiing and kayaking.
The Murray Basin is home to many native creatures such as Emus, Kangaroos, Parrots, Black Swans, Pelicans and Murray Cod.
The Murray is a precious resource, with the water vital to farms and native wildlife. It must be protected from threats such as salinity (rising salt levels) and overuse.
South Australia more helpful facts
- The famous Australian cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman, lived in Adelaide with his wife and children.
- South Australia is often referred to as the ‘Festival State’ and the people that live there are sometimes known as ‘crow eaters’.
- South Australia’s Coober Pedy mine is the world’s largest producer of opals.
- Ben Murray is an interesting South Australian. He was born in 1891 to an Aboriginal mother and an Afghan father. He served in World War I at Gallipoli where he was captured as a Turkish prisoner of war. Upon his release, he returned to South Australia where he worked at many different jobs. He lived to be over 100 years old.
- The highest recorded temperature in Australia was in 1960 in Oodnadatta in South Australia, when the temperature reached 50.7°C. Now that is hot!
- Lake Eyre, in the outback of South Australia, is the largest salt lake in the world. While it does flood it is normally dry. It has been the location for many attempts at breaking the world land-speed record.
- South Australia shares borders with all of the mainland states as well as the Northern Territory.
How to Emigrate to South Australia
Name: The most popular visas available
Description: The home of Australian wine, amazing climate and a great place to raise children. South Australia has it all and right next door to Victoria. If you want to emigrate to Australia then this is perfect place to settle. Skilled workers are in demand across a variety of industries along with fantastic investment opportunities. Places are in high demand with limited availability, so act quickly to secure your place.