Changes to SA’s skilled migration make it easier for offshore graduates to apply

The Government of South Australia has recently opened up its Skilled and Business Migration program to some eligible offshore applicants. This means there are more opportunities for skilled graduates who live overseas to migrate to South Australia.

With this announcement, eligible offshore applicants can now apply for a state-nominated Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

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A young man who is a skilled migrant, returning to Adelaide

What new jobs has the government added to South Australia’s skilled occupation list?

There are more than 30 new eligible occupations, mostly from medical or technical fields. Some examples of occupations now eligible for offshore applicants include:


  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Audiologist
  • Speech Pathologist


  • Panelbeater
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Bricklayer

While the list of new offshore opportunities is limited to mostly medical and technical occupations, we hope to see more opportunities for offshore applicants added to the list in the future.

South Australia’s skilled occupation list is a list of jobs eligible for state-nominated skilled visas. The list includes occupations where we have skills shortages in South Australia. To see the opportunities for your occupation, check South Australia’s skilled occupation list.

What requirements do I need to apply for an offshore state nomination for an Australian visa?

Offshore applicants have to meet whichever requirements are relevant to their specific occupation. The requirements can differ between occupations.

For most occupations, you’ll need to have at least:

  • Skills migration assessment from an approved authority for your occupation
  • IELTS English language score of at least 6, or equivalent
  • Minimum 65 points on your SkillSelect expression of interest (EOI)
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience

Some occupations will require higher levels than this.

How do I find out what the requirements are for my occupation?

To find out what requirements you need to meet for your occupation, check South Australia’s skilled occupation list.

On the page, you can search for your occupation to find out details, including:

  • Whether the occupation is open to offshore, foreign applicants
  • English language requirements
  • Minimum EOI score
  • Types of visas you can apply for
  • Work experience requirements

Figures 1 and 2: Sample of skilled occupation details

What does this mean for international students and graduates?

These changes give eligible offshore graduates an opportunity to apply for a visa via South Australia’s state nomination.

While this offshore opportunity is only open to some medical and technical jobs so far, the government continues to evaluate the jobs list. And we hope we'll see more occupations on this list in the future.

How do I apply for a nominated skilled migration visa with a nomination from the Government of South Australia?

To apply for a South Australian state-nominated skilled migration visa, you must meet the Department of Home Affairs eligibility, and then follow these steps:

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

If you’re successful, you’ll get a state government nomination and an invitation from the Australian Government to apply for your visa. You must apply within 60 days of getting your invitation.

What if I’m an international graduate who lives in South Australia, not offshore?

If you’re an international graduate still living in South Australia, you might be able to apply for a state-nominated skilled migration visa via our domestic pathways:

Learn more about our migration pathways for South Australian-based international graduates.

StudyAdelaide welcomes these changes which have opened up new opportunities for offshore graduates in certain occupations. We look forward to further updates from the state government as they continue to evaluate the skilled occupations list, and we hope to see opportunities for more offshore applicants in the future.

Data and policies are accurate as of 25 August 2021.
The information in this article is a general overview only. Check South Australia’s Skilled & Business Migration website for the most detailed and up-to-date information.

Want to know more about skilled migration in South Australia? Check out the other articles in our series:

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