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Overall, Australia sets a maximum number of places for its migration program every year. And, for 2020 and 2021, the total number of places available is capped at a ceiling of 160,000. Some of these require your profession to be on the Skilled Occupation List. Now, here are some of the key highlights: 

  • 79,600 places allocated in the Skill stream 

  • 77,300 places have been allocated to the Family stream 

  • Only 6,500 places allocated to Skilled Independent visas

Full list of the new occupations for NSW

Below is a list of the 10 new occupations that NSW added to its Skilled Occupation List in February 2021. 

ANZSCO

Occupation

233211

Civil Engineer

233212

Geotechnical Engineer

233214

Structural Engineer

233215

Transport Engineer

233511

Industrial Engineer

233512

Mechanical Engineer

533513

Production or Plant Engineer

312211

Civil Engineering Draftsperson

312212

Civil Engineering Technician

312999

Building and Engineering Technician

Work as Engineer in Australia? 

Engineers Australia is the designated authority for assessing skills and competencies related to engineering occupations in Australia. Engineers Australia works with the Department of Home Affairs, migration agents, and international organisations. And it helps to develop streamlined migration skills assessment procedures for engineers, like you! 

Every year, Engineers Australia helps thousands of engineers in and outside of Australia achieve their goals. So, whether you are a foreign student that needs an assessment for a new visa, or a skilled engineer seeking a new life in our beautiful country, contact Engineers Australia for help. 

When you register as an engineer in Australia, you may need to prove your English language proficiency. IELTS is officially accepted by Engineers Australia.

More on Engineers Australia

What is Australia’s points system for immigration?

When you’re thinking of migrating to Australia as a Permanent Resident (PR), you may come across points-based visas. We’ll explain what this is and how the Australian PR points calculator works.

Full list for Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) in NSW

The full list of occupations NSW is currently nominating for the subclass 190 and subclass 491 visas can be found below. Please be aware that these lists are subject to change without notice. So, it’s good to keep checking the NSW Government website. Information about minimum eligibility criteria and how invitation rounds work can be found on the dedicated Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) website. Or, information on how to apply for regional NSW nomination can be found on our Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) website. 

ANZSCO Code

Occupation

133211

Engineering Manager

134211

Medical Administrator

134212

Nursing Clinical Director

134214

Welfare Centre Manager

233211

Civil Engineer

233212

Geotechnical Engineer

233214

Structural Engineer

233215

Transport Engineer

233511

Industrial Engineer

233512

Mechanical Engineer

233513

Production or Plant Engineer

233911

Aeronautical Engineer

233913

Biomedical Engineer

233916

Naval Architect

233999

Engineering Professionals nec

254411

Nurse Practitioner

254412

Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

254413

Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)

254414

Registered Nurse (Community Health)

254415

Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

254417

Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)

254418

Registered Nurse (Medical)

254421

Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

254422

Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

254423

Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

254424

Registered Nurse (Surgical)

254425

Registered Nurse (Paediatric)

254499

Registered Nurses nec

261111

ICT business Analyst

261112

Systems Analyst

261311

Analyst Programmer

261312

Developer Programmer

261313

Software Engineer

262112

ICT Security Specialist

263111

Computer Network and Systems Engineer

312211

Civil Engineering Draftsperson

312212

Civil Engineering Technician

312311

Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

312312

Electrical Engineering Technician

312999

Building and Engineering Technicians nec

How does the points test work for Australian skilled migration?

When you apply for an independent skills migration visa, you need to meet a minimum pass mark. Each visa has its own pass minimum point score. For example, you need a minimum of 65 points to be able to submit an expression of interest for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) visa. The Department of Home Affairs has an online Australian PR points calculator. 

Points can be claimed for a few different personal factors: 

  • Age 

  • English proficiency 

  • Employment experience 

  • Educational qualifications 

  • Community language qualifications 

  • The skills of your partner 

  • You can also get extra points if you have been invited to apply for a visa by a state or territory government agency. 

Access the points calculator 

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Your visa options 

If you like the opportunity to live, study or work in Australia, there are many visa options available to you. There is a study visa, skilled, sponsored work visa and business visa. Some of these may lead to Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia.

Your IELTS options 

The IELTS Academic test has been developed if you wish to study at university or college as an undergraduate or postgraduate student or if you want to join or gain entry into a professional institution. The IELTS General Training test has been developed to test your every-day, non-academic English.

Immigration and the law

Legislation about immigration changes frequently. It’s important to check the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for changes that may apply to you. If you are interested in Australian student visas, work visas, or looking to migrate permanently, you need to lodge an application with the Australian Government. You may want to consider getting support from a lawyer or migration agent. However, you can also get free advice for student visas.