South Australia

South Australia is in the southern central part of Australia. It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent. With a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth largest of Australia's states and territories. With over 1.7 million people, the state comprises less than 8% of the Australian population and ranks fifth in population among the six states and two territories. The majority of the state's population lives within Greater Adelaide's metropolitan area which had an estimated population of 1,262,940 in 2011 (77.1% of the state). Other significant population centres include Mount Gambier (28,313), Whyalla (22,489), Murray Bridge (17,152), Port Lincoln (15,682), Port Pirie (14,281), Port Augusta (14,196), and Victor Harbor (13,671).


Adelaide is the capital city of the state and has a population of 1.4 million. The the city stretches 12 miles from the coast to the foothills, and 56 miles from Gawler at its northern extent to Sellicks Beach in the south. As South Australia's seat of government and commercial centre, Adelaide is the site of many governmental and financial institutions. Most of these are concentrated in the city centre and in various districts of the metropolitan area. Adelaide is noted for is many festivals and sporting events, its food and wine, its long beach fronts, and its large defence and manufacturing sectors. In this year's global rankings, Adelaide was included in the top ten as one of the world's most liveable cities in 2018.


Skilled Nominated and 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 skilled 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


South Australia Skilled Nominated and Regional Visas

South Australia nominates skilled migrants who are willing to live and work in the state and who have the skills and experience required by South Australian employers. South Australia publishes its own list of occupations which are divided into two separate lists comprising of the State Nominated Occupations List and the Supplementary Skilled List. Some occupations are subject to "Special Conditions" requiring a higher points score. Nomination approval will generally be determined by factors such as your overall commitment to residing in South Australia, the number of years work experience, specialised skills, employability, English language skills, relatives already residing in South Australia and settlement funds. You must also:

•    Be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation
•    Have an occupation on the State Nomination or Supplementary Skill List
•    Have received a positive skills assessment
•    Have specified post-qualification work experience in your nominated occupation
•    Have at least 65 points on the DHA points test
•    Have lodged an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect
•    Demonstrate you meet South Australia and DHA visa eligibility requirements
•    Have a commitment to living and working in South Australia for a minimum of 2 years

Skilled Nominated - subclass 190

The Skilled Nominated (190) visa is a permanent visa that allows you to live anywhere in the state of South Australia.

Skilled Regional Work visa - subclass 491

This visa subclass requires you and family members included in your application to live, work and study anywhere in South Australia for a minimum period of 3 years.15 points will be awarded for the nomination.

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 South Australia, 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 of AUD53,900.    


Initial Consultations

Migrating to Australia can be complex and 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 you need to be confident that you have understood how the migration regulations will be applied to you.

When you contact Concept Australia, an experienced staff member will provide you with an honest appraisal of your visa options and whether a pathway is available to you. The initial advice is provided free and without obligation as we only invite applicants to engage with us if they have a realistic chance of being granted a visa for Australia.

If we have assessed that you have the potential to be granted a visa and you would like to find out more about the visa process, you may wish to consider attending a consultation as this will enable you to make an informed judgement regarding your future migration plans. You will also have an  opportunity to ask key questions that you may not have found answers to during your research.

Consultations are conducted in the London Borough of Bromley but if you are unable to travel to see us, we can arrange a SKYPE or telephone appointment at a time convenient to you including selected mid-week evenings and Saturdays.

If you are interested in living in South Australia please contact your nearest Concept Australia office for advice and assistance.

London/Kent Office

Kingfisher House
21-23 Elmfield Road

Telephone: 020 8315 6700 or email:

Office hours:

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

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