South Australia has expanded its general skilled migration program by adding 259 occupations to its Skilled Occupation List.
Offshore skilled migration applicants meeting the minimum requirements can now lodge their Registrations of Interest (ROIs) for receiving an invitation for a state nomination from the South Australia state government.
Offshore skilled individuals can apply for temporary and permanent skilled migration to Australia.
In a statement, Migration South Australia said the requirements for obtaining a state nomination and the visa subclasses offered will vary depending on the skilled occupation.
Migration SA also explained that prospective applicants must be skilled in occupations included in South Australia’s Skilled Occupations List and meet Department of Home Affairs requirements as well as state-specific obligations.
The South Australia state government also announced securing a range of new occupations under Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs), focusing on hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, agribusiness, motor trades and forestry occupations.
DAMAs are state government initiatives that allow South Australian employers to sponsor offshore skilled applicants for positions left vacant by the unavailability of local workers.
DAMAs also offer sponsored skilled migrants pathways to permanent residency in Australia under the South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement and Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement.
According to a spokesperson for South Australia’s Department for Skills and Innovation, the South Australian Regional Workforce DAMA added 51 skilled occupations to now consist of 190 fields, all of which are available to employers in South Australia.
On the other hand, the Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement DAMA consists of 60 occupations that are available to employers across Metropolitan Adelaide.
The DAMAs allow concessions for several standard Australian visa requirements, including lowering the minimum required work experience, age and English language requirements.
Moreover, all occupations included in both DAMAs are now eligible for permanent residency in Australia for applicants up to the age of 55.