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Can you score 80 points on the Australia Skilled Migration Points Test? South Australia wants you if you can!

Can you score 80 points on the Australia Skilled Migration Points Test? South Australia wants you if you can!

 2018 UPDATE:

Australian SkillSelect Round Results September/August 2018 - Skilled Independent & Regional Visa Occupation Lists


Since 1 July 2015, Immigration South Australia (SA) has implemented a Supplementary Skilled List in addition to the normal State Occupation List as part of its state sponsorship programme. The Supplementary Skilled List includes all occupations that are not on the SA State Occupation List but are on the Federal Consolidated Skilled Occupational List (CSOL). Some of the occupations that can be accessed on the Supplementary Skilled List include:

  • Generic business professionals such as Marketing, Advertising and HR professionals – Marketing Specialists, Marketing Managers, Recruitment Consultants, Commodities Traders
  • Management Consultants and Policy Analysts
  • Sales Representatives – Medical, ICT or Industrial
  • Education professionals for example Lecturers, primary and secondary School Teachers
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Tradesworkers – Toolmakers, Florists, Sound Technicians, Interior Decorators, etc.

Who will benefit from the South Australia Supplementary Skilled List?

The SA Supplementary Skilled List is helpful for the following people:

  • Applicants with occupations that are not suitable for a Skilled-Independent Subclass 189 visa, i.e. the nominated occupation is not on the Federal Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
  • The applicant’s nominated occupation does not have a state or territory available to sponsor for a Skilled Sponsored Subclass 190 visa or a Skilled Regional Sponsored Subclass 489 visa

That is great! How can I access the South Australia Supplementary Skilled List?

An applicant can access the Supplementary Skilled List if they can meet one of the following conditions:

Click on the links above to find out more details from the Immigration SA website. Applicants will still need to fulfil the general state sponsorship requirements.

Is it possible to accumulate 80 points for the Skilled Migration Points Test?

Typically most skilled applications claim 60 to 70 points for their applications. To claim 80 points applicants are likely to have Superior English ability, age between 25 and 32 years and have Australian studies or a PhD. Here is an example:

Age (25 – 32 years)


Work Experience (8 years)


Superior English (IELTS 8 or equivalent)


Qualifications comparable to an Australian Bachelor’s degree


Australian Studies


Australian Studies in a Regional Area


SA State Sponsorship (190)




As demonstrated above it is possible to achieve the 80 points required with some room for manoeuvre.

Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

At a recent meeting with Immigration SA, it was interesting to find out that there were a lot of applications submitted for the Supplementary Skilled List occupations under the claims for 80 points or more. As the only state sponsorship authority willing to consider all occupations on the CSOL, it is not surprising that many applicants now flock towards SA to obtain state sponsorship. However, applicants should thoroughly check and make sure that they can meet the points claimed to ensure a successful state sponsorship application.

Applicants should also consider the other criteria to access the Supplementary Skilled List. The current South Australian employment and chain migration criteria will definitely be useful for temporary overseas workers in SA and the relatives of Australian permanent residents in SA.

If the large numbers of applications submitted to Immigration SA thus far are all eligible, we might see Immigration SA suspend certain occupations for state sponsorship as some of the occupations will hit the state planning numbers for the fiscal year. It would be best to apply as soon as possible. Contact us now to find out if you can apply for SA state sponsorship.



This information is accurate on 4 August 2015

Do you need help with an Australian visa application?

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