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Skilled Workers

As part of the Australian government’s focus on economic growth, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. (DIBP) has created a series of temporary and permanent visa subclasses within the skilled migration program.

There are three classes of visas within this stream:

General Skilled Visas;

State Sponsored Visas; and

Employer Sponsored Visas

General Skilled Visas

The General Skilled Migration Visas are based on a points system. The current threshold is 60 points.

The points are calculated based on 



Work Experience, 


Australian study, State

Family sponsorship, 

Designated language ability. 

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The process involves 4 separate stages that we guide the applicants through.

1st stage

Skill Assessment, English tests, State or Family sponsorship where appropriate

2nd stage

Lodging an expression of interest.

3rd Stage

Receiving an invitation from DBP.

4th Stage

Lodging the visa application and follow up work.

As the government changes its priorities, this area of migration constantly evolves too. In the 2011 Budget, the Australian government announced that it will increase its focus on regional migration over the coming years. Reviews of the points test and the list of skilled occupations have also been announced.

To learn how these changes may affect your migration options, contact our expert migration team today.

State and Territory Sponsorship

In conjunction with the Australian Government, the Australian states and territories have developed a series of State-specific and regional migration initiatives to help them to:

  • Address skill shortages within their state or territory
  • Attract overseas businesses to establish new or joint ventures in their state or territory
  • Encourage a more balanced settlement of Australia’s skilled migrant intake

According to the DIBP, these initiatives recognise the special circumstances of rural and regional areas and aim to attract skilled English-speaking migrants to areas of Australia where their skills are needed most. These migrants receive priority processing but rely on sponsorship by regional employers or state and territory governments. This allows for the regional employers and individual state and territory governments to influence the number of skilled migrants settling in their areas, which coincide with their skill needs and development objectives

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