Australia has an active migration programme that enables people from across the globe to come to Australia and make it their home. It also helps to build the economy, shape society, support the labour market and reunite family.
The rights and conditions of each visa category are different so it’s crucial to find out what you’re entitled to and the restrictions the visas have. It’s important to make sure you choose the visa that best suits your needs and provide you with the options and flexibility you require.
If you live overseas and you’d like the opportunity to live and work in Australia, the first step is to find out more about the visa options that are available to you.
The main visa categories (excluding Visitor visa) for Australia are:
These visa categories have many sub categories and cover everything from arriving with residency secured through your skills, occupation and work experience, moving with or joining family already here, starting a business venture, investing in Australia, being sponsored by an employer, coming to study or further your education or even working while travelling around Australia.
Working in Australia
Australia has a significant skilled migration program. The program is designed to help businesses and communities meet skills gaps they may be facing. The purpose of the Skilled Migration Program is to attract overseas workers with specialised skills, training or knowledge who are prepared to live and work in Australia permanently or for short periods of time.
The Australian Government uses a Skilled Migrant Selection Register, known as SkillSelect. It is an online system which allows skilled workers interested in moving to Australia to be considered for a visa based on Australia’s economic needs.
In order to apply for a skilled migration visa, you need submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). To find out more and register, visit SkillSelect.
The government also runs a range of migration events around the world. To find a local event click here.
Can you Work on your visa?
Use the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) to see if you’re allowed to work in Australia and to review any restrictions.