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Cook, Hairdresser, Customer Service Manager and Database Administrator are some of the 18 occupations added to SA State Occupation List today


Immigration SA has added 18 new occupations t the State Occupation list including some very common occupations – Cook, Hairdresser, Customer Service Manager and Database Administrator.

This is a major change and provides opportunities for persons all over Australia and from overseas as well.

Please see the full text of the Immigration SA news release below:


“The South Australian Government, in collaboration with local industry, regularly conducts research to identify skill needs in the local labour market.

Immigration SA is the State Government agency responsible for international migration to South Australia.  We offer pathways to permanent residency for skilled migrants who have occupations that are in-demand.

South Australia’s occupation lists are live.  Any changes made to the lists are visible immediately, enabling you to see which occupations are currently available for state nomination.

The table below details eighteen new occupations added to the State Occupation list.




Corporate Services Manager


Medical Administrator


Health and Welfare Services Managers, nec


Customer Service Manager


Equipment Hire Manager


Financial Investment Adviser


ICT Trainer




Database Administrator


Intellectual Property Lawyer


Pharmacy Technician








Gas or Petroleum Operator


Fire Protection Equipment Technician


Diversional Therapist


First Aid Trainer

The new occupation lists

There are now two state nomination occupation list for South Australia:  the State Occupation list and the South Australian Graduate list.  

  • Occupations on the State Occupation list are available to all applicants including South Australian international graduates.
  • The South Australian Graduate list, previously known as the off list, is for graduates who have completed a Bachelor degree or higher in South Australia.
  • The subscription functionality enables you to stay up to date with changes to the occupation lists and the news and events page as changes occur.
  • The details of the relevant skills assessment authority for each occupation is now included in the lists.

Remember, to be eligible for state nomination applicants must have a positive skills assessment from the relevant authority for their nominated occupation.  Applicants must also meet all of the federal and state requirements for the visa being applying for.”


Warning -This information is accurate on the 08 April 2014.  

DIBP and the State/Territory authorities can change requirements in an ongoing manner and all current requirements must be established prior to lodging a skills assessment or visa application. 


The Immigration SA website:

Do You Need Help in Relation to a Skills Assessment or visa application for an occupation on the SA State Sponsorship list?

At Work Visa Lawyers we are experienced in assisting with skills assessment to enable applications for skillselect subclass 189, 190 and 489 visas and Employer Nomination Scheme applications.

We can help you with state sponsorship and visa application for occupations including: Cook, Hairdresser, Customer Service Manager and Database Administrator

For further information regarding skills assessments or your Australian visa options you contact our offices on (08) 7225 5091 or +61 8 7225 5091.

Or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


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Immigration SA changes effecting State Nominations for subclass 190 and 489 - New Occupations, Occupations nearing ceilings...

Immigration SA has released the following information:

“New professions added to the State Nominated Occupation List

From 2 September 2013, the following occupations have been added to the State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL):

•    Procurement Manager
•    Registered Nurse (Paediatric)


ICT occupations

From 2 September 2013, the “Special Conditions Apply” status has been removed for all On-list ICT occupations and there will be a limited number of places available for South Australian State Nomination. The IELTS requirement for all ICT occupations is 6.5 in each band score.



Occupations close to reaching DIAC national ceiling

Six occupation groups are close to reaching the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) national ceiling and DIAC have allocated a limited number of places for State and Territory nomination for the rest of the 2013/14 program year. Once South Australia has reached the state quota in an occupation group listed below, Immigration SA will be unable to nominate any more applicants (including SA international graduates) for the remainder of the 2013/14 program year.

Please view the DIAC website for announcements about these six occupation groups and how it affects prospective applicants for state nominated or independent General Skilled Migration   


The six occupation groups with a limited number of places available for SA state nomination are:

  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers
  • 2633 Telecommunication Engineering Professionals
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers

Due to the limited number of places, Immigration SA will prioritise applications who meet all Immigration SA eligibility requirements as follows:

1.     Currently employed in a skilled occupation in SA

2.     An international Graduate of SA  

3.     High calibre offshore or onshore applicants (Immigration SA will take into account: DIAC points, qualifications, work experience and English level when assessing an application for these occupation groups).

Please note that for occupations subject to a DIAC occupation ceiling management process, Immigration SA reserves the right to process applicants by merit rather than by date submitted.

Source: Immigration SA

This information isaccurate on the 04 September 2013.  Immigration SA will change requirements in an ongoing manner and all current requirements must be established prior to lodging an application. 

Need Help?

At Work Visa Lawyers we are experience in assisting applicants with the Expression of Interest, State Sponsorship and Visa application process for state sponsored subclasses 190 and 489.

If you require further information regarding an application or your Australian visa options you contact our offices on (08) 7225 5091 or +61 8 7225 5091  

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Peer Review is no longer required by Immigration SA for the first stage of the RSMS visa

Peer Review is no longer required by the RCB Immigration SA for the first stage of the RSMS process. This change was introduced from 24 June 2013.

Immigration SA posted the following on their blog:

“A recent review has identified the following changes to the RCB application process:

  • Removal of peer review - effective immediately
  • Simplified assessment questions
  • Extensively reduced evidence requirements
  • Quicker application process”


For Immigration SA announcements:

Peer Review required a letter from an employment agent or industry body or Union about not being able to fill the position.  It was very unpopular with employers, who often chose not to proceed with the RSMS process. 

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Immigration SA makes big changes including extending off-list sponsorship to SA graduates of vocational courses – but only to 30 June 2013!

Immigration SA has announced changes to their off-list sponsorship criteria:

“Changes include: (these apply to applicants living and working in South Australia only)

  • - All international graduates of South Australia will be considered; nomination is no longer restricted to students who graduated within the last six months.
  • - Applicants who have completed a vocational education and training (VET) or higher education qualification in South Australia with a minimum duration of one academic year (or CRICOSregistered for a minimum of 46 weeks).
  • - Students who have completed a PhD or Masters by Research qualification in South Australia, no longer require work experience if they have an IELTS score of 7.5 overall or 7.0 in each band.”

Refer to the off-list section in the following link:

Changes will only apply until 30 June, 2013

Due to the short timeframe, the above changes for the off-list  will be most suitable for persons who already have a full skills assessment in a vocational occupation, such as a Nurseryperson.

IELTS Validity extended from two to three years:

Other changes include that Immigration SA will now accept IELTS results which are three-years-old or less on the state nomination decision date

I will post more details on the SA sponsorship changes as they emerge.

If you require further information regarding the SA State Sponsorship criteria or would like to book a consultation with Christopher Johnston, please do not hesitate to contact our offices on (08) 7225 5091.

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Immigration SA announces DEADLINE for lodging under RSMS subclasses 857 and 119 criteria

Immigration SA has announced the deadline for lodging under RSMS subclasses 857 and 119 criteria, with the last day to lodge being 16 April 2012.  Any applications lodged after the 16 April 2012 will be considered for the new RSMS subclass 187.  The new subclass has a number of changes including Higher English requirements and age requirement set at 50 (with some exemptions).

Immigration SA has released the following:

“Nominations and visa applications lodged with DIAC from 1 July, 2012 will need to conform to the new DIAC requirements. Nominations lodged on form 1054 after 29 June, 2012 will not be valid and cannot be processed by DIAC.

Immigration SA is currently taking 10 weeks to certify a nomination. Based on current processing times, Immigration SA should be able to process complete nominations if received by 16 April, 2012, ready for lodgement with DIAC by 29 June, 2012.

From the 17 April, 2012, Immigration SA may not accept new nominations unless prior arrangements have been made with DIAC to lodge a registered but uncertified nomination and visa application.”

Immigration SA has release the following in relation to the new guidelines which correspond to the RSMS to be introduced by DIAC from the 1 July 2012:

“The new RSMS Guide for Employers now clearly outlines the supporting documents required to accompany a nomination. This will assist employers to lodge nominations which are quicker and easier to assess against the relevant criteria.

The new RSMS Guide for Employers comes into effect on 17 April 2012. Nominations lodged on or after this date will need to meet the requirements outlined in the new guide.”

WATCH THIS SPACE – I will provide more details on changes for Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas when they become available.

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