South Australia

Emigrate to South Australia

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)

OR

  • You meet the requirements for Chain Migration (489 or 190 is available). 

Skills in demand in South Australia

OccupationAvailability
Chief Executives, General Managers & Legislators 
Chief Executive or Managing DirectorHigh Availability
Corporate General ManagerHigh Availability
Farmers and Farm Managers 
Grape GrowerHigh Availability
Beef Cattle FarmerHigh Availability
Mixed Livestock FarmerHigh Availability
Poultry FarmerHigh Availability
Sheep FarmerHigh Availability
Mixed Crop and Livestock FarmerHigh Availability
Specialist Managers 
Sales and Marketing ManagerHigh Availability
Corporate Services ManagerHigh Availability
Finance ManagerHigh Availability
Human Resource ManagerHigh Availability
Policy and Planning ManagerHigh Availability
Construction Project ManagerHigh Availability
Project BuilderHigh Availability
Engineering ManagerHigh Availability
Importer or ExporterHigh Availability
WholesalerHigh Availability
ManufacturerHigh Availability
Production Manager (Manufacturing)High Availability
Supply and Distribution ManagerHigh Availability
Child Care Centre ManagerHigh Availability
Medical AdministratorHigh Availability
Nursing Clinical DirectorHigh Availability
Welfare Centre ManagerHigh Availability
Health and Welfare Services Managers High Availability
Chief Information OfficerHigh Availability
ICT Project ManagerHigh Availability
ICT Managers High Availability
Art Administrator or ManagerHigh Availability
Environmental ManagerHigh Availability
Laboratory ManagerHigh Availability
Quality Assurance ManagerHigh Availability
Specialist Managers High Availability
Hospitality, Retail & Service Managers 
Cafe or Restaurant ManagerMedium Availability
Call or Contact Centre ManagerSpecial Conditions Apply
Customer Service ManagerMedium Availability
Fleet ManagerHigh Availability
Transport Company ManagerHigh Availability
Facilities ManagerHigh Availability
Financial Institution Branch ManagerSpecial Conditions Apply
Equipment Hire ManagerHigh Availability
Business, Human Resource & Marketing Professionals 
ICT TrainerHigh Availability
Training and Development ProfessionalMedium Availability
EconomistLow Availability
Design, Engineering, Science & Transport Professionals 
Ship MasterHigh Availability
Other Spatial ScientistHigh Availability
Fashion DesignerSpecial Conditions Apply
Industrial DesignerMedium Availability
Jewellery DesignerHigh Availability
Wine MakerHigh Availability
Education Professionals 
Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)High Availability
Health Professionals 
SonographerHigh Availability
Occupational therapistHigh Availability
PhysiotherapistHigh Availability
PodiatristHigh Availability
AudiologistHigh Availability
Speech PathologistHigh Availability
General PractitionerHigh Availability
PsychiatristHigh Availability
Surgeon (General)High Availability
Cardiothoracic SurgeonHigh Availability
NeurosurgeonHigh Availability
Orthopaedic SurgeonHigh Availability
OtorhinolaryngologistHigh Availability
Paediatric SurgeonHigh Availability
Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeonHigh Availability
UrologistHigh Availability
Vascular SurgeonHigh Availability
DermatologistHigh Availability
Emergency Medicine SpecialistHigh Availability
Obstetrician and GynaecologistHigh Availability
OphthalmologistHigh Availability
PathologistHigh Availability
Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologistHigh Availability
Radiation OncologistHigh Availability
Medical PractitionersHigh Availability
MidwifeHigh Availability
Nurse PractitionerHigh 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 NurseHigh Availability
ICT Professionals 
ICT Business AnalystMedium Availability
Systems AnalystHigh Availability
Multimedia SpecialistHigh Availability
Web DeveloperHigh Availability
Analyst ProgrammerHigh Availability
Developer ProgrammerHigh Availability
Software EngineerHigh Availability
Software TesterSpecial Conditions Apply
Software and Applications Programmers High Availability
Database AdministratorMedium Availability
ICT Security SpecialistMedium Availability
Systems AdministratorMedium Availability
Computer Network and Systems EngineerMedium Availability
Network AdministratorHigh Availability
Network AnalystHigh Availability
ICT Quality Assurance EngineerHigh Availability
ICT Support EngineerSpecial Conditions Apply
ICT Systems Test EngineerHigh Availability
ICT Support and Test Engineers High Availability
Telecommunications EngineerSpecial Conditions Apply
Telecommunications Network EngineerLow Availability
Legal, Social & Welfare Professionals 
Social WorkerHigh Availability
Welfare WorkerHigh Availability
Engineering, ICT & Science Technicians 
Electrical Engineering TechnicianHigh Availability
Mechanical Engineering DraftspersonSpecial Conditions Apply
Mechanical Engineering TechnicianSpecial Conditions Apply
Maintenance PlannerMedium Availability
Metallurgical or Materials TechnicianHigh Availability
Building and Engineering Technicians High Availability
Hardware TechnicianHigh Availability
ICT Customer Support OfficerHigh Availability
Web AdministratorHigh Availability
ICT Support TechniciansHigh Availability
Automotive & Engineering Trades Workers 
Automotive ElectricianHigh Availability
Motor Mechanic (General)High Availability
Diesel Motor MechanicHigh Availability
Motorcycle MechanicHigh Availability
Sheetmetal Trades WorkerHigh Availability
Fitter (General)High Availability
Fitter and TurnerHigh Availability
Fitter-WelderHigh Availability
Metal Machinist (First Class)High Availability
Metal Fitters and Machinists High Availability
LocksmithHigh Availability
PanelbeaterHigh Availability
Vehicle PainterHigh Availability
Construction Trades Workers 
BricklayerHigh Availability
StonemasonHigh Availability
GlazierHigh Availability
Solid PlastererHigh Availability
Roof TilerHigh Availability
Wall and Floor TilerHigh Availability
Plumber (General)High Availability
Airconditioning and Mechanical Services PlumberHigh Availability
DrainerHigh Availability
GasfitterHigh Availability
Roof PlumberHigh Availability
Electrotechnology & Telecommunications Trades Workers 
Electrician (General)High Availability
Airconditioning and Refrigeration MechanicHigh Availability
Business Machine MechanicHigh Availability
Electronic Equipment Trades WorkerHigh Availability
Food Trades Workers 
BakerHigh Availability
Pastry CookMedium Availability
Butcher or Smallgoods MakerHigh Availability
ChefHigh Availability
CookHigh Availability
Skilled Animal & Horticultural Workers 
ShearerHigh Availability
Veterinary NurseHigh Availability
ArboristHigh Availability
Other Technicians & Trades Workers 
Dressmaker or TailorHigh Availability
CabinetmakerHigh Availability
JewellerHigh Availability
Wool ClasserHigh Availability
Health & Welfare Support Workers 
Enrolled NurseHigh Availability
Community WorkerHigh Availability
Sales Representatives & Agents 
Stock and Station AgentHigh 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.

European arrival

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

Flag

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’.

Emblems

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.
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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.

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