November 7, 2010 3:25 am

Australian State Migration Plans – Act Fast if You Qualify


The Australian State Migration Plans have kept many “would-be” migrants waiting as patiently as they can so that they can decide what their next options are after the MODL and Critical Skills lists were abolished earlier this year; and the General Skilled Migration occupations were drastically cut.

For those who do not know what the State Migration plans are, this is where each State of Australia’s governing bodies develop plans to include occupations that are in demand in each individual State or Territory.    These plans are then reviewed and approved by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, which, as of 14 September, 2010, is Chris Bowen.

The State Migration Plans allow the States and Territories of Australia to sponsor individuals from overseas to come and work in approved occupations within that State or Territory.

These State Migration Plans, or, “regional initiatives” aim to help supply the skill needs of regional employers.

“The programmes aim to attract young, skilled, English speaking migrants to areas of Australia where they are most needed. Generally, skilled migrants are under 45 years of age, have functional English, diploma level qualifications or above and relevant work experience”, according to the Australian Immigration site.

If you feel you fall into this category of skilled workers, you can register yourself on the Skill Matching Database, which is accessed by employers and state and territory governments who may then nominate you for migration.”  The Department of Immigration and Citizenship state that a key advantage of registering your details on the Skill Matching Database ‘is that you may find a job before arriving in Australia.’

Under the regional initiatives of Australia, there are five Visa Options:

Employer Sponsored Workers – for people with recognised skills seeking to work in Australia after being sponsored by an Australian or overseas employer.

Sponsored by a Family Member – This category makes it easier for Australian citizens and permanent residents, who live in designated areas of Australia, to sponsor their relatives to migrate, while at the same time ensuring high skill levels are maintained. The skilled migrant can be a brother, sister, nephew, niece, non-dependent child, parent, first cousin or grandchild of the sponsor.

State or Territory Nominated – State and Territory governments sponsor skilled people to support regional development and help supply the needs of regional employers.

Business People – The Australian Government actively encourages skilled people to establish businesses in regional or rural areas of Australia.

General Skilled Migration – Other permanent visa options are available for people to live and work in regional Australia.

So far, only South Australia and Victoria have released their eligible occupations lists, and the other States and Territories of Australia will soon be following suit.

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Australian State and Territory sponsored visas are one of the visa types that have been prioritised for processing – along with Employer Sponsored visas.  This means that the wait for this visa to process once you have submitted your application is much faster than General Skilled Migration applications, which can take up to two years or more.

One thing you should note, though, is that the eligible occupations for each State or Territory have limitations, and once these limitations have been met, the State will not allow any further applications for that occupation until they re-open applications in the following year.

It is therefore crucial, if your occupation is on any of the eligibility lists, that you apply for the State/Territory Sponsored Visa ASAP to increase your chances of being accepted.

South Australia has already started to close applications for some of the occupations on their eligibility list, and it will not be long before Victoria starts to do the same thing.

We therefore recommend that you review the two eligibility lists to check for your application, and book a consultation with an Australian Registered Migration Agent ASAP to confirm that you meet all necessary criteria and get your application in process ASAP.

You can review the eligibility lists below.  Be sure to check the South Australian site for the jobs that are no longer eligible:

South Australian Occupation Eligibility List

Victorian Occupation Eligibility List

Some of the categories and occupations that are currently listed include:

Financial Services Professionals

(HR Managers, Accountants, External Auditors)

Biotechnology & Science Professionals

(R&D Manager, Chemist, Veterinarian, Physicist, Engineering Technologist)

Building & Engineering Professionals

(Engineering Manager, Mining Manager, Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Production/Plant Engineer, Mining Engineer, Civil/Electrical/Mechanical Draftspersons)

Social Professionals

(Psychologists, Urban & Regional Planners, Social Workers)

Education Professionals

(Early Childhood Teacher, Secondary School Teacher, Vocational Education Teacher)

Health Professionals

(Dietician, Radiographer, Sonographer, Dentist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Audiologist, Speech Pathologist, Midwife, Registered Nurse (including Mental Health)

ICT Professionals

(ICT Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Developer Programmer, Software Engineer, Software Tester, Software & Applications Programmers)

Tourism & Hospitality Professionals

(Hotel/Motel Manager, Chef, Baker)

Automotive Trades

(Auto Electrician, Auto Mechanic, Panel Beater, Vehicle Painter)

Engineering Trades

(Sheetmetal Tradesworker, Metal Fabricator, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer  – Mechanical/Avionics/Structures)

Construction Trades

(Carpenter, Joiner, Plumber, Airconditioning & Mechanical Services Plumber, Drainer, Gasfitter, Roof Plumber, Cabinetmaker)

Electrical/Electronics/Communications Professionals

(Electrician, Electrical Linesworker, Electronic Equipment Trades Worker, Telecommunications Linesworker, Telecommunications Technician,

If you have seen your occupation on the above list or on the South Australian or Victorian eligibility list, click here now to make an appointment with our Registered Australian Migration Agents and get your application in process whilst these occupations are still available for State Sponsorship.

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2 Comments on "Australian State Migration Plans – Act Fast if You Qualify"
  1. Site Administrator
    March 22, 2011 at 4:46 am
    admin says:

    Hi Sukhwinder – which State/s of Australia are you interested in? Each State has different rules so you will need to select which State you are interested in. If you are flexible and can relocate, I can let you know which States you may qualify for.

  2. Comment left on:
    March 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm
    Sukhwinder singh says:

    My name is Sukhwinder singh i have 8 year experience in vehicle painting i worked with HONDA from last 2 years i am in Australia on spouse visa.please let me know can i apply state sponsorship in the field of vehicle painter.

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