December 1, 2010 6:36 am

NT State Migration Plans Announced


The Australian NT have recently announced their State (Territory) Migration Plans, listing out the occupations that are eligible for State/Territory Sponsorship.

A lot of people who have not been to Australia do not know much about the Northern Territory – it is one of Australia’s least known States/Territories, but that does not mean it is not worth knowing!

I know many people who have made the choice to live in Alice Springs or Darwin, as they love it there.  Apparently the night sky is amazingly lit up by stars in “the Alice”, as it is one wide open space allowing for ultimate star gazing opportunities.  Not to mention the sunrises and sunsets over Ayers Rock, otherwise known as Uluru.

Yes, the Northern Territory is mostly made up of desert.  However, if you have never been to Darwin, it is definitely worth a visit.  There is talk of there being a magnet in Darwin.  That it is the type of place you visit and don’t want to leave because it’s magic works on you.   It is located in the central northern part of Australia, easily accessible to Darwin and the Pacific Islands.  Darwin has the benefit of the waterfront region, as well as being a small city with character.

If you have seen the movie “Australia”, it does not give you much idea of what to expect, as Darwin has grown enormously since those days.  It has quite a cosmopolitan feel by the waterfront and quite a lively night life.

Like other States of Australia, there are only a limited number of visa places available for State/Territory sponsorship.  The NT Government makes clear in their announcement that even if you are successful in obtaining sponsorship by the Territory, this does not guarantee a job placement.  “Success in finding employment in the Northern Territory will relate to an employer’s requirements, their qualifications, skills and experience and their level of English”, states the announcement (click here to view announcement by the NT Government).

Like the other State Migration Plans, the NT Plans will be regularly reviewed and occupations will be closed as they reach their plan levels.

After reviewing the Northern Territory Skilled Occupation List, the following occupations are available:

  • Construction Professional & Associates, including architects, surveyors, engineers, planners, managers, inspectors, technicians, draftspersons, inspectors etc.
  • Construction Related Trades, such as bricklayers, carpenters & joiners, finishers, painters, glaziers, plasterers, tillers, plumbers, fitters, drainers, electricians, refrigeration & air-conditioning mechanics and more.
  • Mining professionals, such as engineers, managers, geologists, scientists and technicians.
  • Business/Finance Professionals, such as Accountants, General Auditors, HR Advisors, Recruitment Consultants and Workplace relations advisors. [very limited places available]
  • Professionals (Other), including Ship’s engineers and masters, agricultural consultants and scientists, veterinarians, solicitors and librarians. [very limited places available]
  • ICT Professionals, such as Business and systems analysts, Software engineers, database and systems administrators, network & systems engineers and telecommunications field engineers.
  • Education Professionals, including Primary, Secondary, Special Needs and Vocational Education Teachers; and student counsellors. [very limited places available]
  • Hospitality and Tourism professionals, such as hotel/motel managers, bakers, cooks, chefs, pastry chefs and butchers.
  • Heath Care and Social Assistance professionals, such as Child Care Centre Managers, laboratory scientists, radiographers, sonographers, optometrists, pharmacists, dentists, health officers, physiotherapists, podiatrists, , audiologists, pathologists, GPs, Nurse managers and directors, midwives and registered nurses, psychologists, dental technicians and therapists , health, social and welfare workers.
  • Trades professionals such as auto electricians, motor and diesel mechanics, panel beaters, vehicle painters; sheet metal trades workers and fabricators, welders, fitters and metal machinists; aircraft maintenance engineers, locksmiths, electrical and telecommunications lines workers, technical cable jointers, business machine mechanics, electronic equipment trades workers,  binder and finisher, small offset printers, canvas goods fabricators, cabinet makers, library technicians, sign writers and hairdressers.

Most occupations require at least 3 years’ experience in your profession, with some requiring more than five years’ experience; and all occupations require an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher in each section; with  some occupations requiring at least an average IELTS score of 7.0 or higher – especially the customer-facing professions such as healthcare, business, finance and ICT.

The Northern Territory has set out certain criteria that you need to meet in order to qualify for sponsorship; and this includes:

  • Demonstrated financial capacity to settle in the NT
  • Positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation
  • Evidence that you meet the language requirements, such as IELTS test scores
  • Being under the age of 45 years at time of applying
  • Have been employed for 12 out of the last 24 months in your nominated profession
  • Have studied for at least 2 years in Australian in the last 6  months with a qualification related to your nominated profession
  • Meet the health and character requirements for the NT

After working with registered migration agents assisting clients to qualify for their skills assessment, we have realised the importance of a specially prepared CV in line with the occupation you have nominated for skills assessment.  Our specialised team can assist you to increase your chance of receiving a positive skills test.  Enquire here about our skills assessment services.

When applying for State Sponsorship to the NT, you must commit to living and working in the NT for a minimum of 2 years.

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