Northern Territory (NT)

The Northern Territory covers about one sixth of the Australian continent with an area of 1.35 million km2 which is equal to the combined areas of France, Spain and Italy. About four- fifths of the Territory (1.09 million km2) lies within the tropics and the 6200 km coastline is generally flat and backed by swamps, mangroves and mudflats, rising to a plateau no higher than 450 m. In central Australia, the Territory is crossed by the east-west ridges of the Macdonnell Ranges, which reach heights of more than 600 m. The well-known monolith, Uluru (Ayers Rock), 348 m high, is near the south-west corner of the Territory. The northern quarter, known colloquially as the “Top End”, is a distinct region of savannah woodlands and pockets of rainforest. In the north-east, the Arnhem Land plateau rises abruptly from the plain and continues to the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Much of the southern three-quarters of the Territory consists of desert or semi-arid plain.

Darwin

Darwin, the capital is situated in the north-western corner of the Territory and is a modern, cosmopolitan and tropical city with a vibrant multicultural population and long-standing cultural and trading links in the Asia Pacific region.With a population of over 110 234 people Darwin is built on a low-lying peninsula located on a working harbour that’s twice the size of Sydney Harbour. The suburbs are lined with tropical palms with a mixture of low set southern Australian style houses and traditional elevated Darwin housing which are built to benefit from the tropical breezes, with lush gardens of palms, bougainvillea, frangipani, orchids and other species. Wide streets, shady parks, a pedestrian mall, superb ethnic restaurants and contemporary and outback style pubs and clubs have all contributed to an upsurge in the popularity of Darwin city living. Mitchell Street is the main entertainment street, with the Darwin Waterfront Precinct offering a more family style entertaining area with cafes, retail stores and wave pool. Darwin has a more stress free environment than in other cities. There’s less traffic, less population and rarely any queues: a city with a holiday feel all year round.

SkillSelect

Skilled nominated or skilled regional visas offer a pathway to Australia if you cannot achieve sufficient points required for a Skilled Independent visa.You must submit an application through SkillSelect which is the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) online visa application system. Once you have received a positive skills assessment from an Australian assessing authority and by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) you can generate points for:

  •   Your age
  •   Recognised qualifications
  •   Employment
  •   English language skills
  •   Being nominated by a state or territory government
  •   Partner skills
  •   Study in Australia
  •   Specialist education qualifications
  •   Accredited language skills
  •   Professional year in Australia
 

 

NT - Skilled Nominated and Regional Visa Programmes

The Northern Territory (NT) government can nominate you if you have an occupation on their own Migration Occupation List or the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) current list of eligible skilled occupations. The NT places emphasis on you demonstrating that your employment skills are in demand and for some occupations a firm job offer is needed. To receive nomination approval by the NT you to meet specific requirements of both the DHA and the NT.

Department of Home Affairs Criteria

  •    Be under 45 years of age
    •    Have relevant post-qualification work experience
    •    Have Competent English (unless otherwise specified)
    •    Have an occupation on the NT or DHA skilled occupations list
    •    Have received a positive skills assessment from an Australian assessing authority
    •    Have at least 65 points on the DHA points test
    •    Demonstrate you meet both NT and DHA visa eligibility requirements

Northern Territory criteria

•    Skills and experience relevant to the NT
•    Strong employment prospects in your nominated occupation
•    A commitment to living and working in the NT for 2 years
•    Close ties to the NT
•    Previous residence or employment in the NT

Applicants with family ties to other states or the ACT are unlikely to be nominated by the NT.

Skilled Nominated - Subclass 190

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa that will enable you to live anywhere in the NT.

Skilled Regional Work Visa - subclass 491

This new visa subclass will come into effect on 16 November 2019. To qualify for this visa, you and family members included in your application must be prepared to live, work and study in the NT for a minimum period of 3 years.

As places are likely to be extremely competitive, Concept Australia recommends that you start the process as soon as possible so that you are ready to lodge an EOI once the visa class opens in November.

The DHA has allocated a total of 14,000 places for this subclass and has introduced a ranking system for an invitation to apply for a visa as follows:

  1. Applicant with a skilled partner or applicants without a partner;
  2. Applicant with a partner with Competent English (but does not have a skills assessment);
  3. Applicant with a partner who is ineligible for either competent English or skilled partner points.

Pathway to permanent residence

After 3 years of having lived, worked/studied in the NT, you can apply for permanent residence (subclass 191 - Skilled Regional) but must have complied with all the conditions of your visa including evidence of taxable income (yet to be announced).

Initial Consultations

It is easy through research to become overloaded with information, which is difficult to interpret leaving you with many questions unanswered. Before you start out on your visa journey it makes sense to discuss your plans in detail with a MARA Registered Migration Agent. MARA monitor the conduct of registered agents to ensure that only the highest level of advice and assistance is provided to prospective applicants. To achieve this, MARA agents must subscribe to the same regulations used by DHA case officers and undertake professional development on an annual basis.

Consultation fee

A fee of £95 + VAT is charged by Concept Australia and during the consultation we will discuss your visa options in detail and provide clear constructive advice on the visa process to enable you to make an informed judgement regarding your future migration plans. The appointment will also provide you with an opportunity to ask key questions that you may not have found answers to during your research. There is no obligation to engage Concept Australia as your MARA agent but, if you do decide to appoint us to represent you, the consultation fee will be deducted from the first stage of our fee.

If you are interested in moving to the Northern Territory, please contact your nearest Concept Australia office for advice and assistance:

London/Kent Office

Chislehurst Business Centre
1 Bromley Lane
Chislehurst
Kent
BR7 6LH

Telephone: 020 8468 1076 or email: info@conceptoz.co.uk

Office hours:

Monday to Friday from 09:00 -17:30
Saturdays from 09:30 - 12.00 

Manchester Office

2nd Floor
Albion Wharf
19 Albion Street
Manchester
M1 5LN

Telephone: 0161 669 5836 or email: info@conceptaustralia.co.uk

Office hours:

Monday to Friday from 09.30 - 17:00

 

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