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South Australia's Nomination Criteria 190 and 491 2023-2024 Part 2

South Australia’s nomination criteria for both their visa subclasses are 190 and 491 for the 2023-2024 financial year.

South Australia has moved to a Registration of Interest (ROI) process to manage strong demand from potential applicants living and working in the state against a limited allocation of nomination places. This means potential applicants must submit an ROI and be invited to apply for state nomination by South Australia. Potential applicants can only apply for state nomination indirectly.

Under this invitation process, South Australia will prioritise the retention of South Australia’s international graduates and temporary visa holders.

Experienced overseas workers with skills in high demand in South Australia, such as Trades and Construction, Defence, Health, Education, Natural and Physical Science, and Social and Welfare Professionals, will be targeted through invitations to apply for South Australian nomination.

South Australia is also seeking highly skilled overseas workers who can make a solid contribution to the state’s fast-growing industries and projects of national priority. This includes people with:

  • Experience working in the defence, industry, and/or

  • Highly specialised skills in the digital and critical technologies sectors.

International graduates and other temporary visa holders continue to be considered across a broad list of occupations consistent with previous years. At the same time, there are over 290 occupations open to offshore skilled workers.

South Australia has received 1100 places for 190 and 1200 places for 491 visa nomination.

There are four nomination streams for skilled migrants seeking to live and work in South Australia.

  1. South Australian Graduates

  2. Working in South Australia

  3. Highly skilled and Talented

  4. Offshore

To be eligible for South Australia’s nomination, you must meet the Australian Department of Home Affairs and South Australia’s criteria for your chosen visa category.

The Home Affairs criteria require you to:

  • have a points-test result of 65 or higher, inclusive of state nomination points;

  • have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation;

  • be under 45 years of age;

  • meet the minimum English language requirement of Competent unless your assessing authority requires a higher level.

3. Highly Skilled and Talented

Suppose you are a highly skilled migrant who can contribute your demonstrated talent and support innovation in South Australia. In that case, you can register your interest in state nomination under this pathway. Candidates may include skilled migrants living in South Australia, other Australian states and territories, and offshore.

The Highly Skilled and Talented stream also allows the South Australian Government to nominate applicants who can contribute to the state’s critical priority sectors. Successful applicants will demonstrate how they bring new ideas, skills, and innovation to South Australia. To be eligible under the Highly Skilled and Talented stream, you must:

  1. Currently live and work in South Australia, interstate, or overseas

  2. If you are working or offered a position in South Australia, your employer must:

  • Have been an existing business for at least 12 months. Your employer must have had a premise located and operating in South Australia for the past 12 months.

  • Have an annual turnover of at least $4 million. Please note:

a. start-up companies may be exempt from the annual turnover requirement.

b. businesses that operate in outer regional South Australia may be exempt from the annual turnover requirement.

c. businesses that support the Defence sector may be exempt from the annual turnover requirement.

  • Be a business of good standing, and there must be no adverse information about the business

If you are an Applicant with Hi-Tech or Digital industry experience. In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements above,You must:

  • Have at least two years’ experience in one of the critical technology professions listed below. Your experience can be from South Australia, interstate, or overseas.

    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialist

    • Cybersecurity Analyst

    • Data Scientist

    • Robotics Engineer

    • Cloud Architect

    • Internet of Things (IoT) Specialist

    • Blockchain Developer

    • Renewable Energy Engineer

    • Augmented Reality (AR) / Virtual Reality (VR) Developer

    • Biotechnology Researcher

    • Quantum Computing Scientist

    • 5G Network Engineer

    • Advanced Manufacturer

If you are an Applicant with Defence or Space industry experience. In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements above, you must meet the criteria listed below.

If you are in South Australia:

1. Have already commenced employment in South Australia in an organisation that directly operates in or is an integral part of the supply chain supporting the Defence or Space industry.

2. Currently working full-time (at least 30 hours per week) in South Australia.

If you are overseas or interstate:

1. Demonstrate that you have experience working in a highly skilled role in the Defence or Space industry.

2. Intend to relocate to South Australia to work in the Defence or Space industry.

4. Offshore

Suppose you are currently residing offshore and seeking to move to South Australia. In that case, the first step is to use SkillSelect to make an Expression of Interest (EOI) and select South Australia as your first preferred State or Territory to move to in Australia.

Once you submit your EOI, the South Australian Government can view your application and may decide to invite you to apply for state nomination for a Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) or Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491).

South Australia will be assessing candidates on merit by the following factors within their nominated occupation:

1. Years and field of skilled employment

2. English language ability

3. EOI points

If you are selected to apply for the South Australian nomination, you will have 14 days to submit your application. Your application must demonstrate that you were eligible for the claims entered in your SkillSelect EOI at the time of invitation, so please ensure all the information in your SkillSelect EOI is up to date.

Suppose you are an applicant in a priority nominated occupation. In that case, you may be selected to apply for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190), which would allow you to live and work in South Australia indefinitely.

For South Australian state nomination, you must also meet the Department of Home Affairs visa requirements and state-specific occupation requirements and have skills in an occupation that is available on our Skilled Occupation List.


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