We’re talking about more than the beautiful beaches, magnificent scenery and diverse wildlife here. The Organisation for Economic Coorporation and Development (OECD) measures quality of life with these metrics:
- Working hours
- Sense of community
- Air and water quality
- Life satisfaction
- Life expectancy
It just so happens that Australia scores well on all metrics.
Australians earn USD49,126 per year on average with the average household net wealth estimated at USD427,064. The latter is higher than the OECD average of USD408, 376.
However, looking at disposable income is going to give you a more realistic picture of how far your money is going to go in Australia.
Here the OECD finds that the average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is USD32 759 a year. This is slightly less than the OECD average of USD33 604 a year.
2. Working hours
In Australia, 13% of employees work long hours regularly. This is above the OECD average of 11% .
With that being said, full-time workers in Australia still spend 60% of their day on average, or 14.4 hours, on personal care and leisure activities like socialising with friends, hobbies or sports.
Australia is one of the biggest education spenders among OECD countries. The country spend the eight highest proportion of its gross domestic product on primary to tertiary educational institutions.
At tertiary level education, Australia spend US15,556 per student and around a third of the total spending is allocated to research and development.
When it comes to the students themselves, students scored higher than the OECD average in reading and science but not significantly different from the OECD average in mathematics. Overall, Australian students scored similar to students in Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, the UK and the United States.
Looking at tertiary education, Australia also scored high. The OECD found that 81% of adults aged 25-64 have completed upper secondary education, higher than the OECD average of 78%.
4. Sense of community
The majority of Australians say there is a strong sense community in the area they live in. In fact, 95% of Australians believe they know someone they could rely on in a time of need.
5. Air and water quality
The level of air pollutants small enough to enter and cause damage to human lungs is 5.2 micrograms per cubic metre. This is substantially lower than the OECD average of 13.9 micrograms per cubic metre.
When it comes to the quality of Australia’s water, 93% of Australians say they are satisfied with the quality of their water. This is again much higher than the OECD average, which sits at 81%.
6. Life satisfaction
Life satisfaction is not just how happy Australians are in the moment but it is instead how satisfied people are with life in general. When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Australian on average gave it a 7.3 grade. This is higher than the OECD average of 6.5.
7. Life expectancy
From birth, the average life expectancy in Australia is 83 years of age, which is three years older than the OECD average.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics also keeps data of life expectancy and breaks it down by gender. In 2016 to 2018, life expectancy at birth was 80.7 years for men and 84.9 for women. In the past 10 years, life expectancy has increased for both men and women.
Does the quality of life in Australia sound appealing?
If the quality of life in Australia sounds appealing and you’d like to explore the possibility of living in Australia, be sure to give us a call to discuss your options.
Our immigration agents are licensed and registered with MARA, so you can be sure of having your chances assessed accurately and getting the correct emigration advice.
However, there are things you can do to make your emigration as smooth as possible. This starts long before you apply for the visa!
1. Have an immigration eligibility assessment done
To emigrate to Australia, you’ll need a visa to do so. There are a number of visas available for all kinds of purposes, from working to investing in a business.
The best way to find out if you qualify for one of these visas, is to do an eligibility assessment.
There are online assessments available but our advice is to get a licensed immigration agent to do the assessment with you.
You’d want to do this as a first step so that you know that you’re spending your time and energy on a dream that’s possible.
2. Do your homework if you’re going to work with an immigration agent
If you do decide to work with an immigration agent, ensure that this person is licensed and registered with MARA. That’s the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority of Australia.
By doing this, you’ll ensure that the advice you’re getting is based on the latest immigration regulations.
You’ll also have the peace of mind of working with an immigration agent that’s held accountable for the advice he or she gives you.
3. Research life in Australia
Hopefully you’ve been to Australia a few times and you know what to expect. But if you’ve never set foot Down Under, it’s wise to do some research. Find out:
- If the quality of life is what you’re looking for
- How cities and territories compare
- What the cost of living is
This is just a starter list, so add to it whatever else is important to you. If you’re a parent, that might be information on schools. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be.
4. Start exploring the job market now
Exploring Australia’s job market will give you insight into the types of jobs that are available, the salaries within your industry, and the skills and experience employers ask for.
5. Decide what you want to with your home and its contents – and whether you want to buy or rent once you’re in Australia
When it comes to your belongings, you can choose to ship everything, to store some or all of it, or to sell everything before emigrating to Australia. Compare the costs to see which route will make the most sense for you.
The next decision to take is whether or not to sell your current home or keep it. If you keep it, you could rent it out. The extra money could come in handy.
Of course there is the possibility that you’ll be forced to sell your home to finance your emigration. If you’ve gotten those cost estimates we discussed, you’ll know if this will be necessary or not.
Then the time will come to decide between renting and buying in Australia. Renting is a good place to start. It gives you time to find your feet before having to make huge property decisions.
6. Get cost estimates
We strongly advise getting estimates of costs to see exactly how much your emigration is expected to set you back financially. Many people don’t realise just how expensive moving countries can get.
Flights and visas are often just the beginning!
It’s also advisable to add initial living and housing costs to your budget, as well as emergency funds for at least the first 6 months.
Get in touch when you’re ready to emigrate to Australia
Intergate Emigration’s immigration agents are all licensed and registered with MARA. We’ve also helped hundreds of families emigrate to Australia!
To see how we can help you too, simply book a free initial assessment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Either way, our consultants are ready to assist and answer the questions you have about emigration to Australia.
There are many stories of people ripped off by unscrupulous Australian immigration agents. Often people are left without savings in their bank accounts.
Even worse – deported, because the visa turned out be fake!
The best way to make sure that the person you are dealing with is the real deal, is to check that they are a migration agent listed on the website of the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).
If you cannot find the ‘agent’ on MARA’s website, walk away and do not deal with them.
There are also other ways to tell if you’re dealing with the ‘real deal’. Usually the signs come in the form of false promises or, plain and simple, outright lies.
Here are the most common of those that you’ll hear:
I can guarantee that you’ll get a visa
This is false. No-one can guarantee you’ll get a visa. Only authorised Australian immigration officers can grant you a visa and only when you have met all the visa requirements.
Pay now to register for the migration program
This is not how things work. You only pay for your visa application when you lodge it.
Please note: Your migration agent is allowed to charge for their services and most likely will do so. These charges will never come a surprise though. According to the MARA code of conduct, all charges for services rendered by an immigration agent must be detailed in your contract with your agent.
This is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’
It might be hard to believe, but some fraudulent agents actually call people to offer them visas. It’s then framed as an opportunity not to be missed. All to get money out of you!
MARA registered agents will never call you first to offer you migration ‘opportunities’. This a relationship that always start with the client, i.e. you’ll contact the agent.
Only I can pay the charges. Give me your money and I will pay the charges for you
False again. You can pay your own visa application charge. However, you might still choose to let your migration agent do it for you – but only do so if you’re sure you’re dealing with a registered agent!
I have a special relationship with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
No-one has a ‘special relationship’ with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). It’s just not how it works. The DIBP treats all visa applications in a fair and impartial way.
I am a skilled migration service provider/Australian Government registered/department registered
The only Australian immigration agents you should deal with are agents with a Migration Agent Registration Number (MARN). Do not take any agent on their word only! Look for a MARN number on the agent’s website or in their advertising.
Don’t worry, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is still processing your visa
Do not just accept this. Your agent is obliged to let you know, in writing, about the progress of your application. Ask for a copy of the confirmation letter if necessary.
If the person can’t give you a confirmation letter, contact the DIBP directly for feedback on your application.
Keep in mind though that some applications do take longer than others, so there will be times when your immigration agent won’t have any feedback for you.
I need to keep your original passport/birth certificate/idendity document to give to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
The DIBP usually only want certified copies of original documents. In the event that the DIBP wants to see original documents, a DIBP visa officer will ask you for them.
Why is important to know this? Because you don’t want to be a victim of identity fraud – which you could easily be if you give your personal documents to a fraudster.
Want to know if you can trust our Australian immigration agents?
Yes, you can. Our immigration agents are licensed and registered with MARA. You can find their details on our website or on the MARA website:
If you’d like to get in touch with us to discuss your Australian immigration journey, please feel free to call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200.
Australia does have some of the world’s deadliest animals, but most keep to themselves and some can only be found in remote areas.
Finding yourself surprised? Then you must continue reading. We’re sharing 11 eye-openers about immigrating to Australia, ranging from misconceptions about visas to myths about healthcare.
1. All I need to do to immigrate is get a relative in Australia to sponsor me.
WRONG. This a common assumption, but the truth is that a family member can only sponsor you in these specific instances:
- You’re a skilled migrant with an occupation on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) list and you have an eligible family member who lives in regional Australia.
- You have an eligible child in Australia who can sponsor you for a parent visa.
- You’re the only remaining relative of an eligible family member in Australia – and even if you are, the remaining relative visa has a processing time of up to 30 years!
If you don’t meet these requirements, you’ll have to explore other avenues to immigrate to Australia.
2. I only need 65 points to apply for a subclass 189 visa
NOT ENTIRELY TRUE. Yes, you must get at least 65 points in your points test but that’s only to enter the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool for the subclass 189 visa.
The demand for subclass 189 visas is very high and only the highest ranked applicants by points score are selected to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Over the past 12 to 18 months there have been no EOIs selected with less than 80 points from the 189 EOI pool. In effect, the required points to be selected went up to as high as 95 points in April 2020.
In other words – unless you have at least 80 points or more, your EOI might not be selected from the 189 pool.
3. I don’t have to take an English test for my skilled migrant application because I hold an eligible passport
NOT QUITE. Some passport holders are indeed exempt from doing a compulsory English test but most skilled migrants still have to take an English test because they need the extra points.
If you decide to take one of the approved English proficiency tests and you score ‘proficient English’, you’ll add 10 points to your application BUT if you have ‘superior English’, you can add 20 points to your Expression of Interest points score.
4. I’ll easily find a job once I’m in Australia
MAYBE, MAYBE NOT. It’s quite possible that you could find a job in a week or two but it could also take a couple of months.
How quickly this happens would depend on a number of factors like what you can offer employers, the job market in your specific industry and Australia’s overall economic health.
By the way, this is why it’s a good idea to go to Australia with enough funds to survive for at least 6 months without an income – plan for the worst, but hope for the best.
5. I’ll be happier when I live in Australia
YES AND NO. There is no denying that Australia is a great country to live in. The great outdoors is spectacular and it’s one of the safest countries in the world. Your children can walk or bike to school! Of course the education standards are world-class and the same goes for the healthcare system.
Together all these factors makes for a better, secure future for your entire family – and that is guaranteed to increase your quality of life and happiness.
However, there’s no getting away from the fact that moving overseas is not a walk in the park.
You’re definitely going to miss home and miss your family and friends. Your children will miss their friends and grandparents too.
It’s going to take a while to adjust and feel at home in Australia, even if you don’t have to lock your doors at night.
But trust us, one day you’re going to wake up and realise that you’re saying ‘arvo’ instead of ‘afternoon’ and throwing a ‘shrimp on the barbie’ like a true Australian.
6. If I study in Australia, I’ll get permanent residency
NOT QUITE. Studying in Australia in itself does not grant you permanent residency – but studying in Australia could put you on the path to becoming a permanent resident.
Your eligibility for Australian residency after studying in the country would depend on a number of factors, including the occupation you’re in, your work experience, your age and your English language proficiency.
7. My work experience will definitely be recognised in Australia when I apply for a skilled migrant visa
NOT NECESSARILY. Your work experience must meet the requirements as set out in ANZSCO. This includes the tasks you must be able to perform in your job.
Your industry’s relevant assessing authority will assess your experience, skills and qualification and then make a recommendation as to your suitability to work in Australia. The outcome of this assessment can be that your skills are ‘suitable’ or ‘not suitable’.
Some assessing authorities might also make a recommendation that you must register with professional body or complete certain additional tests or programmes.
8. I can live and work wherever I want to in Australia
PERHAPS. You can live and work anywhere in Australia if you manage to qualify for a Skilled Independent Visa.
However, if you qualify for any other work visa, the criteria dictate that you have to work in regional Australia or in the city where your sponsoring employer requires you to work for the sponsoring company.
‘Regional Australia’ is most locations outside the three major cities – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
9. Our pets move in on the same day we do
NO. Australia has strict pet import regulations and all pets entering Australia, except those from New Zealand or Norfolk Island, are subject to 10 days of quarantine.
When entering Australia from another country through New Zealand, your pet must be quarantined in New Zealand, then remain on the island for 90 days in quarantine before entering Australia.
Our advice is to arrange your pet’s quarantine as soon as you’ve received the import permit.
The quarantine facility is in Melbourne and is closed for the last two weeks of December each year as well as the first day of January. The facility do not accept pets for quarantine during that time.
10. I’m getting free healthcare in Australia!
NOT NECESSARILY. Australia’s public healthcare system, Medicare, is available to Australian citizens and permanent residents and some temporary residents, and it covers certain medical costs in part or in full. These medical costs are:
- Seeing a GP or specialist
- Test and scans, like x-rays
- Most surgery and procedures performed by doctors
- Eye tests by optometrists
If you don’t qualify for Medicare, you’ll have to have private health insurance to cover your health and medical costs.
As an Intergate Emigration client, you’ll get a direct referral to our preferred and trusted private medical health care provider for Australia.
11. I’m going to spend my weekends exploring all the different parts of Australia!
NOT SO FAST. Australia is not only a country – it’s also a continent and it’s massive. In fact, Australia is the 6th largest country in the world. It’s larger than India and most of Europe could find into Australia!
Finding that hard to believe? Europe covers an area of 10,18 million km² – Australia is not much smaller at a size of 7,692 million km².
You’re definitely going to need more than weekends to explore this vast country! And you’re probably going to be better of flying to where you want to go.
Feel like you need more realistic advice?
Our Australian immigration advisors have helped hundreds of families and individuals with their immigration to Australia. They’ve encountered just about scenario you can imagine! This means both advisors are well-equipped to give you realistic advice about immigrating to Australia.
You can get in touch with our team by either calling +27 (0) 21 202 8200 or by booking a free consultation online.
Either way, we can set you up with the correct information, the reality not the expectation, about immigrating to Australia.
Sure, but can you speak it to the level Australia requires? Can you demonstrate your reading, listening and writing skills well? And when was the last time you were subjected to the nail-biting anxiety of having to complete an exam in a certain time?
The score of your English language test could determine whether or not you can submit a visa application. Won’t you want to be as prepared as can be?
Tip 1: Understand the test format
Both of these tests consist of four parts:
In turn, each part consists of a set of questions and tasks. Familiarising yourself with all the parts, questions and tasks will prepare you for what’s coming on test day. Going in blind is setting yourself up for failure!
Let’s give you the Listening component of the IELTS as an example:
You’ll listen to four recordings. Each recording is done in a different accent and only played once.
After listening to the recordings, you’ll have to answer questions based on what you’ve heard. This part of the test is broken down into four parts with 10 questions each. The formats of the questions include:
- Multiple choice.
- Sentence completion.
- Plan/map/diagram labelling.
- Form/note/table/flow-chart/summary completion.
Can you already see why it’s important to prepare for your English test?
Tip 2: Practice with sample tests
Completing sample test materials will help to prepare you for the test in a big way! You’ll be able to:
- Familiarise yourself with the test format.
- Experience the types of tasks you’ll be asked to do.
- Test yourself under timed conditions.
- Review your answers and compare them with model answers.
This is like the tests that came before the big end-of-year exams at school. Do you think you would’ve done half as good in the exam if you didn’t write the tests beforehand?
Tip 3: Consider working with an English language teacher
If you’d prefer someone to guide you, instead of preparing on your own, working with an English language teacher is the way to go.
Usually teachers offer tutor sessions over Skype and – big plus – it’s one-on-one. The teacher will introduce you to the test format, take you through sample tests, give feedback, and focus on your developmental areas.
Clients of Intergate can access our list of recommended English language teachers. If you haven’t asked for it yet, do so today.
Tip 4: Know what to expect on test day
Think back to your finals at school. Remember how you had to be seated at a certain time? Remember that you had to have at least two pens?
The English language test environment is similar. You’ll have to bring stipulated items with in order to be able to write your test. And you’ll have to be on time!
Your English language teacher, if you work with one, will be able to prep you on all the requirements. If you’re a client of ours, you can also speak to our advisors to find out what to expect on test day.
This is not ‘just’ an English test.
This test forms part of Australia’s eligibility criteria for anyone who wants to live and work Down Under. Scoring well is crucial to increasing your overall points score and thus your chances of immigrating.
If you don’t prepare for your English test, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. You might also end up having to pay for another test – and we’re sure you wouldn’t want to do that.
It’s much more than just another box to tick on your to-do list though.
Your skills assessment result could determine whether or not you can live and work in Australia.
What is the Australian skills assessment?
The objective of a skills assessment for the purpose of immigration to Australia is determining if your qualifications and experience meet the standards for working in Australia in your occupation.
Who assess your skills?
Your skills will be assessed by your profession’s relevant Australian assessing authority. For instance, Engineers Australia assess engineers and the ACS is the official assessing authority for professionals who work in the ICT industry.
Each assessing authority has its own assessment procedures, timeframes and charges, so you’ll have to contact the relevant authority to get the correct information. If you’re working with an immigration agent, he or she should be able to give you more details.
How does skills assessment influence your immigration?
During the assessment both your qualifications and experience are assessed. You’ll need a positive outcome for both for a successful assessment and immigration. If you don’t get positive outcomes, you might not be able to immigrate to Australia.
Who needs to have skills assessed?
You may need to have your skills assessed by an assessing authority to be eligible to apply for one of these visas:
- Skilled independent visa (subclass 189)
- Skilled nominated visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
- Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
- Temporary Skill Shortage visa
- Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
You must speak to your advisor to find out if you should get a skills assessment done. In the case that you must get an assessment done, your advisor will be able to tell you at what stage of the application you’ll have to do the assessment.
Ten of the most prominent assessing authorities
Below we’ll share the assessing authorities our team works with the most. We’ll share what each authority is, straight from their website, and give links to more information about the particular skills test where it’s available.
1. Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA)
The AACA is the ‘national voice for architect registration boards around Australia. AACA owns the National Standard of Competency for Architects. The National Standard underpins all assessment processes including the accreditation of architecture programs leading to registration as an architect in Australia.’
Read more about the skills assessment here.
2. The Professional Association for Australia’s ICT sector (ACS)
The ACS is the ‘authorised assessing authority that undertakes skill assessments for the purposes of skilled migration.’ Their role is to ‘assess the skills and qualifications of ICT professionals who are considering migration to Australia to work in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.’
Read more about the skills assessment here.
3. Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors AIQS
The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the ‘peak professional standards body for built environment cost professionals’ and dedicated to ‘maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence and continuous development.’
The AIQS’s members are all built environment professionals, predominately with job titles such as Quantity Surveyor, Cost Estimator, Cost Planner, Cost Manger, Cost Engineer, Cost Consultant and Project Controller. Their members also include graduates and students.
When it comes to skilled migration, the AIQS is the assessing authority ‘nominated by the Australian Government to provide expert advice to the Department of Home Affairs about qualifications and skilled employment experience with respect to the skilled occupation ‘Quantity Surveyor’ (ANZSCO 233213).’
Read more about the skills assessment here.
4. Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership strives to ‘develop expertise and empower teachers and school leaders to create better education outcomes for Australian children’. When you want to immigrate to Australia, the AITSL will assess your suitability to work in the country as a school teacher.
Read more about the skills assessment here.
5. Australian Psychological (APS)
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) ‘advance psychology for members and their communities via advocacy, education, and evidence-based practice’. The APS has 24,000 members working in diverse settings and sectors across Australia and the rest of the world.
6. The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc
The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (ACVB) works to ‘ensure the quality (recognised nationally and internationally) of the Australian and New Zealand veterinary profession’. The AVBC serves its members in a number of ways:
- Providing a forum for communication and discussion of areas of mutual interest and policy development
- Providing the framework for public and industry confidence in veterinary standards
- Assuring and promoting education standards in the accreditation of veterinary schools, the Australasian Veterinary Examination and specialist registration.
Read more about the skills assessment here.
7. Engineers Australia
Engineers Australia (EA) is the ‘largest and most diverse body of engineers in Australia’. As Australia’s principal engineering association EA ‘serve and represent around 100,000 professionals at every level, across all fields of practice’.
Further to this, EA is a ‘trusted authority’ who uses its expertise to ‘create, accredit and assess engineering programs and practitioners’.
Read more about the skills assessment here.
8. Occupational Therapy Council of Australia
The Occupational Therapy Council of Australia is an independent NPO whose purpose it is to ‘ensure that standards of education, training and assessment of occupational therapists are maintained and developed so the Australian public is assured of safe and proper practice’.
Read more about the skills assessment here.
9. Trades Recognition Australia
Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) is a ‘skills assessment service provider specialising in assessments for people with trade skills gained overseas or in Australia, for the purpose of migration and skills recognition’.
Get more information about the skills assessment here.
VETASSESS is Australia’s leading vocational education and training (VET) skills assessment provider for both migration and national skills recognition.
VETASSESS is recognised for their expertise and experience in ‘assessing the qualifications and work experience of prospective migrants, and supporting individuals’ applications for employment, course entry and industry membership’.
VETASSESS assess 29 trade occupations and more than 350 professional occupations from various industries. Furthermore, VETASSESS’s portfolio of services expands to include educational research and consultation on assessment standards, test design and curriculum development.
Read more about the skills assessment here.
Is it your dream to live and work in Australia?
You can take the first step right now by booking a free consultation with us. During this consultation, our team will discuss the immigration process with you. If everything points to the fact that you stand a chance of being eligible for a work visa, our team will discuss the best forward with you.
Dreaming of working Down Under? We have just what you need – killer tips on how to get a job in Australia.
These tips cannot guarantee you a job, but follow them and you’ll be much closer to getting a ‘You’re hired’ phone call.
We’re going to break it down for you into five sections:
- Get assessed
- Research Australia’s job market
- Go in with a plan
- Adapt your CV
- Prepare for the interview
Getting assessed should always be your first step. Let us explain why…
1. Get assessed
This might be stating the obvious, but you must have a visa to legally work in Australia as an immigrant. That’s why you must get your skills, qualifications and experience assessed to see if you qualify for one of Australia’s work visas.
A comprehensive assessment will not only reveal if you qualify to work in Australia, but also which visa you qualify for as well as highlight the best way forward.
Just ensure that you work with a licensed immigration agent registered with MARA, Australia’s Migration Agent Registration Authority. That’s the best way to see to it that you’re getting advice that you can trust. When you work with a MARA registered agent, you’ll also have greater recourse if you’re unhappy with the service you’re getting from the agent.
2. Research Australia’s job market
Becoming familiar with Australia’s job market might seem like a lot of work, but it’s not really. Australia’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment has an Employment Research and Statistic section on their website that has all the information you need.
What you’ll find in this section is the Department’s research into skills shortage areas, recruitment experiences, labour and skills needs and industry and employment trends. The research is presented in a number of reports and publications that are freely available.
This is all good and well, we hear you say, but why should you research the job market? It’s simple really – when you research the job market, you’ll get a good idea of which industry sectors you should you aim for and how the market is doing as a whole.
By keeping an eye on the market, you’ll be able to identify opportunities and develop your knowledge about your specific industry. This puts you streets ahead of other job seekers not doing the same!
3. Go in with a plan
This is no ordinary job search. You want to find a job in another country on a different continent! You must thus have a plan for your job search. If you leave things to chance or dawdle, you’re probably never going to work in Australia.
Here’s an example of how your plan could look:
Make a list of employers for who you’d like to work
You can start focusing the actual search part of the process by identifying Australian companies for who you’d like to work. Once you have a list, keep an eye on their vacancies. Some companies even allow you to upload your CV to their website! It could also be a good idea to reach out to HR managers if you can find contact details. With the right attitude, you’ll get noticed!
Sign up for job alerts
Looking for a job is hard work! To make it easier, why don’t you sign up for job alerts? That way, the jobs come to you instead of you having to spend hours trawling through career websites.
These are some of Australia’s most prominent career websites to start with:
Set up a comprehensive LinkedIn profile
Don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet? Set one up immediately. Just make sure that you follow LinkedIn’s advice to have a great profile: Set up a profile on LinkedIn immediately if you don’t have one yet!
This is LinkedIn’s advice for having a great profile:
- Choose the right profile picture for LinkedIn. In a nutshell that’s using a recent photo, looking professional and smiling!
- Add a background photo.
- Make your headline more than just a job title. Use it to describe your role, to tell people why you do what you and to share what makes you tick.
- Turn your summary into your story. LinkedIn’s advice is to use your summary, found at the top of your profile page, to bring to life why your skills matter and explain how these skills can benefit others.
- Declare war on buzzwords like ‘expert’ and ‘passionate’.
- Grow your network. In other words, connect with other people on LinkedIn.
- List your relevant skills.
- Spotlight the services you offer.
- Get endorsements. LinkedIn enables members to get endorsements for their skills from their network. A great to get endorsements is to give endorsements!
- Take a skills assessment. LinkedIn’s skills assessment is an online test that enables you to demonstrate the level of your skills. After taking the assessment, you’ll get to display a Verified Skills badge on your profile.
- Request recommendations. Think of LinkedIn recommendations as testimonials. You can ask any of your connections that you’ve worked with add a recommendation to profile. These recommendations will tell future employers more about the type of person, worker and employee you are.
- Showcase your passion for learning. LinkedIn enables you to add completed courses to your profile.
- Share media and marketing collateral. This can be e-books, white papers, studies and just about any other material that shows people what you’re passionate about.
- Get credit for your thought-leadership with Publications. If you’ve ever been an author on a publication, you can share this using LinkedIn’s Publications.
- Follow industry influencers, share content and add comments. Engaging on LinkedIn is important if you want to get noticed.
- Publish long-form content – and use it to start conversations.
Contact friends, family and colleagues that can assist with your job search
Let your friends, family and colleagues know that you’re looking for opportunities in Australia. Your immediate circle could be a gold mine of knowledge and contacts! Someone could know a recruiter in Australia or have a friend in Australia in your industry.
If you do find any leads, ask for an introduction. Most people will have no qualms about introducing one good friend to another. Don’t feel bad about asking for this – that introduction may get you a job in Australia!
4. Adapt your CV and cover letter
It’s important to get your CV right or you run the risk of it landing in the bin before anyone’s read it. With ‘right’ we mean setting up and writing your CV for the Australian job market. For instance, in your country you might start your CV with education but in Australia a summary of your key strengths come first. The language might also differ. Remember that Australia uses British English, not American.
To get your CV in tip-top shape, you can use these two articles as reference:
5. Prepare for the interview
We’re going to go ahead and imagine the perfect scenario – your efforts have paid off and you’ve secured an interview.
You can make a memorable impression by doing the following:
- Understand your visa and the immigration process: Many employers will ask about your immigration status or what’s needed for them to employ you.
- Be prepared to go to Australia: It’s unlikely that the first interview will be face-to-face, but you must be prepared to go to Australia for an interview if asked. It may count against you if you’re not willing.
- Research: Ensure you know everything there is to know about the company, the Australian work culture, the position and the industry. You’re bound to get questions about all of these.
- Have copies of your visas, references, qualifications and professional registrations handy.
It also helps knowing what Australian employers are looking for. According to the Australian Government’s Job Jumpstart, Australian employers favour job seekers who exhibit all of the following traits:
- Accountability – accepting responsibility for your own actions
- Honesty – being trustworthy, fair and sincere
- Respect – taking into account other people’s feelings, wishes or rights
- Work ethic – being diligent and committed to the business
Australian employers are also looking for candidates who can prove that they are:
- Adaptable – being open to new ideas and proactively changing the way you work to suit new situations
- Business-minded – understanding that every worker is responsible for the success of a business
- Self-aware – understand your strengths and recognise the areas in which you can improve
- Resilient – bounce back when things don’t go as planned
Finally, these are the top skills Australian employers want from their employees:
- Problem solving – you are able to find solutions to a range of issues and challenges
- Technical skills – these are specific to a role and may require formal qualifications.
Now you know how to get a job in Australia!
It really comes down to knowing if you qualify, doing your homework and getting your name (and CV) out there. You won’t get a job in Australia if you sit back and expect the job offers to come to you.
The work will be worth it – you could find yourself in Australia sooner than you can imagine!
- The Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
- Skilled Nomination visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
Today we’re comparing these three visas so that you know what residency each visa offer, what visa could be the best fit for you, what the requirements are you must meet and what each visa allows.
What type of residency is offered by each visa?
Australian work visas either offer a pathway to residency, meaning the visa you have is the first step to gaining residency, or immediate permanent residency.
In the case of the three visas we’re discussing today, the Skilled Independent and Skilled Nomination visas offer permanent residency. This means once you have your visa, you are allowed to stay in Australia indefinitely.
The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, on the other hand, is a pathway to residency. The visa is only valid for up to 5 years. If you’d like to stay in Australia permanently, you’d have to qualify and apply for a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191).
Which visa is the right one for you?
Let us start by saying that the information we’re sharing below should only acts as a guideline.
Applying for the correct visa is never as easy as reading through a paragraph or two before proceeding to a visa application. Your eligibility for a visa should always be assessed by a licensed immigration agent.
With that being said, let’s take a look at each visa:
1. Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
The Skilled Independent visa is a points-based visa and it could be the right visa for you if you:
- Have an occupation that is one a skills shortage list
- Want to live in Australia permanently
You do not need a job offer to apply for a subclass 189 visa.
2. Skilled Nomination visa (subclass 190)
This is also a points-based visa and meant for people who:
- Have an occupation that is in demand in a particular state or territory
- Have nomination from an Australian state or territory government agency
- Possibly do not qualify for a skilled independent visa
- Want to work and live in Australia permanently
3. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
Just like the 189 and 190 visas, the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa is a points-based visa. This could be the visa for you if you can meet either of the following criteria:
- You have nomination by an Australian state or territory government agency.
- You are sponsored by an eligible relative residing in a designated regional area.
What are the basic criteria to meet?
To qualify for any one of the visas discussed here, you must meet the following requirements:
- You’re under the age of 45
- Your occupation is on a skills shortage list
- You get at least 65 points in your skills assessment
- You have a competent level of English
What does each visa allow?
As discussed earlier, the Skilled Independent visa and the Skilled Nomination visa offer permanent residency while the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa is a temporary residence option.
The status offered by each visa directly determines what you’re allowed to do when you hold the visa:
1. Skilled Independent and Skilled Nomination visas
When you have either a Skilled Independent visa or Skilled Nomination visa, you and your family are allowed to:
- Stay in Australia permanently
- Work and/or study in Australia
- Enroll in Medicare, Australia’s public healthcare system
- Travel to and from Australia for five years after the date of issuance
- Apply for Australian citizenship, if you’re eligible
- Sponsor eligible relatives to also apply for permanent residency
2. Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa
The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa allows you and your family to:
- Stay in Australia for up to five years
- Live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia
- Travel in and out of Australia while the visa is valid
- Apply for permanent residence after three years, if eligible
Eager to know more about these Australian work visas?
There is a page for each visa right here on our site, so you can head on over to the visa you’re interested in right away:
Want to find out if you qualify for general skilled migration to Australia?
As we mentioned earlier, getting an assessment done is the only way to know if you’re eligible for the visa you’re interested in.
The good news is that you can do so risk free if you contact us on +27 (0) 202 8200 and ask for a free initial assessment. Alternatively, simply book your initial assessment online.
What are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose!
In fact, you’re more than likely not going to be able to apply for a work visa if you can’t meet ANZSCO’s requirements.
For this reason, it’s important to understand all that ANZSCO entails. While there is a lot of information to know, you really only need to know the four facts below to put yourself in a much better position than most people.
1. ANZSCO is the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
ANZSCO stands for Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. It’s a system within the skilled migration program that sets the standards for the skills and work experience that visa applicants must meet to work in specific occupation in Australia or New Zealand.
ANZSCO is a joint venture between the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics New Zealand and The Department of Education and Training.
2. ANZSCO sets skills and work experience standards for the skilled migrant category
As explained above, ANZSCO sets skills and work experience standards for occupations that fall under the general skilled migration category. Further to this, ANZSCO sets out the tasks that visa applicants must be able to perform as part of their everyday duties.
In other words, ANZSCO determines the most important requirements you must meet in order to qualify to apply for a skilled migrant visa.
Let’s look at an example…
Let’s imagine you’re a chemical engineer. As a chemical engineer, ANZSCO expects you to be able to perform the tasks listed below. You’d thus have to ensure that your work experience is a substantial match to this list:
- Preparing designs for chemical process systems and planning control systems for processes
- Monitoring the operation and maintenance of equipment to achieve maximum efficiency under safe operating conditions
- Ensuring correct materials and equipment are used and that they conform to specifications
- Diagnosing malfunctions in chemical plants and instituting remedial action
- Studying product utilisation and pollution control problems
- Reviewing plans for new products and submitting material selection recommendations in accordance with design specifications and factors such as strength, weight and cost
- Planning and implementing laboratory operations to develop new materials and fabrication procedures for new materials to fulfil production cost and performance standards
- Conferring with producers of materials during the investigation and evaluation of materials suitable for specific product applications
- Reviewing product failure data and implementing laboratory tests to establish or reject possible causes, and advising on ways to overcome any problems
It’s important to note, however, that the tasks you carry out in your job might still overlap with that of other related or sometimes even unrelated occupations. You might even find that some tasks listed on ANZSCO are not relevant to your occupation. This is because some occupations share the same four digit ANZSCO code.
For instance, Chemical Engineer shares job tasks with the occupation of Materials Engineer. Both of these occupations are also under the same code – 2331.
Here’s how all of this affect your application:
When applying for a General Skilled Migration visa, you have to nominate an occupation from the ANZSCO list that’s also present on one of Australia’s skill shortage lists.
You must carefully select the occupation! Your work experience and qualifications will be assessed against the task list and the lead statement of your chosen ANZSCO occupation.
An immigration officer usually performs this assessment. With certain occupations, an industry-specific assessing authority does the assessment instead.
- Immigration officer
The immigration officer assessing your visa application will also compare your skills, experience and job duties with those under your occupation on ANZSCO to help him or her to come to a decision on your visa application. In addition, the visa case officer will use your positive skills assessment outcome as a guideline to establish if you meet all the criteria.
The officer would want to see from your visa application documents that you have the relevant qualifications and/or experience to work in Australia in your nominated occupations. To satisfy the requirements of the Department of Home Affairs, you work experience would have to be a substantial match to the tasks outlined by ANZSCO. If you don’t meet all the criteria, your applicant might be declined.
- Assessing authority assessment
It is the responsibility of an assessing authority to issue an opinion on whether or not they think you’re eligible to work as skilled migrant in Australia and thus qualify to apply for a visa.
To reach their decision, the assessing authority will compare your skill set and often also your work experience to the Australian standard for your nominated occupation.
You’ll only get an outcome if the assessing authority is satisfied that you tick all the boxes. This includes additional criteria set out by the assessing authority.
Some examples of assessing authorities are:
- AACA: Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
- EA: Engineers Australia
- VETASSESS: Vocational Education and Training (VET) skills assessment provider
3. There are 5 skill levels within ANZSCO
In ANZSCO, skill level is used as an additional differentiator for occupations. Each occupation’s skill level is derived from the range and complexity of tasks associated with the occupation.
There are five skill levels of which Skill Level 1 is the highest. This means occupations on Skill Level 1 has the greatest range and complexity of tasks. Examples of occupations on Skill Level 1 are audiologists, social workers and surveyors.
Locksmiths, welders and motor mechanics, for instance, are on Skill Level 3. This means these occupations don’t have as many tasks that are as complex as the occupations on Skill Level 1.
Occupations on Skill Level 5 have the smallest range of tasks with the least complexity.
4. You cannot ‘mix and match’ occupations
When applying for a skilled migrant visa, your occupation and experience must be highly relevant as per the ANZSCO lead statement of the occupation you want to nominate.
Your occupation and experience must also match most of the duties listed. This does however not mean that you or your employer can simply ‘copy and paste’ the ANZSCO description to your application.
Here’s an example of what we mean:
Let’s assume Sarah is working as a tutor. Sarah might think that she can apply for a visa as a teacher. The job descriptions are similar, after all.
However, many of the tasks associated with teachers on ANZSCO is not performed by tutors. For instance, participating in staff meetings and performing extra-curricular activities such as assisting with sports at the school.
In the same way, a secondary school teacher cannot apply for a visa as a special education teacher. These are in the same profession but are not the same occupation with the same experience.
What if my occupation is not on the ANZSCO list?
There could be two reasons why you can’t find your occupation on ANZSCO:
- Your occupation is not in any skill shortage areas in Australia or your occupation does not meet the ANZSCO standards to qualify for a visa.
- Your occupation is on the list but your job title doesn’t match the occupation title as it appears on ANZSCO. For example, some people call themselves ‘speech-language pathologists’ while others give themselves the title of ‘speech and language therapist’. It’s the same job – speech therapy – but just with another title.
If your occupation not appearing on the ANZSCO list is due to either example under number 1, you’ll have to explore other visa options if you’d still like to immigrate to Australia.
However, if it’s because of reason number 2, then immigration to Australia on a work visa is still an option.
Do you feel you need help from an immigration agent?
You’re always welcome to contact us for assistance. Our immigration agents are registered and licensed with MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority). This means you can rest assured that you’ll get advice that you can trust!
While you may want a short and standard answer, it’s not that simple. A comprehensive assessment of your personal circumstances has to happen to find the route that’s best for you.
That’s why we’re going to get to answer by…asking you some questions.
Does your occupation appear on a skills shortage list?
Skilled migration is one of the most popular ways to emigrate to Australia. To be able to also take this route, however, you must work in an occupation that appears on a skills shortage list.
There are three skills shortage lists:
- • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
- • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
- • Regional Occupation List (ROL)
Being in the ‘right’ occupation is only the first piece of the puzzle though. You’ll also have to meet age, language, health and character requirements. All of these factors are taken into consideration when doing your points assessment, another important part of determining your eligibility for a skilled migration visa.
Do you have a job offer?
When you have a job offer, you could emigrate to Australia with an employer sponsored visa. Under this category you’ll have four options:
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)
- Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)
- Global Talent Scheme
You’ve only crossed the first hurdle though with a job offer. Like with skilled migration visas, you’ll still have to meet a number of other requirements. These criteria will depend on the visa you’re eligible for, but range from age requirements to being able to demonstrate skilled work experience.
Do you want to join your Australian partner?
Australia offers a number of visa options if you want to join your Australian spouse, life partner or fiancé Down Under. Your visa options are as follows:
- Partner visa (subclass 820): The subclass 820 visa lets the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia temporarily. Getting this visa is the first step towards a permanent Partner visa (subclass 801).
- Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300): The subclass 300 visa allows you to go to Australia to get married to your prospective spouse and then apply for a partner visa.
- Partner Provisional visa (subclass 309): This visa lets the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia temporarily. Getting a subclass 309 visa is the first step towards a permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).
Each of these visas comes with its own criteria. The most important requirement for the 820 and 309 visas is that your relationship is of a genuine and stable nature.
Do you want to set up and run a business in Australia?
You have two visa options if you want to emigrate to Australia as an entrepreneur – provided you can meet the requirements. These visa options both fall under the Business Innovation and Investment program:
- Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188)
- Business Talent visa (subclass 132)
Subclass 188 visa
The subclass 188 visa is a temporary residency visa and lets you:
- Develop; and
- Manage a new or existing business.
This visa is also the first step towards qualifying for permanent residency via the Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 888).
Subclass 132 visa
The subclass 132 is for eligible individuals who have state nomination to set up or invest in a business. It has two streams that are open for applications:
- Significant Business History stream: You can apply under this stream if you have a net business and personal assets of at least AU$1.5 million and an annual business turnover of at least AU$3 million.
- Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream: You can apply under this stream if you have least AU$1 million in venture capital funding to start the commercialisation and development of a high-value business idea in Australia.
Are you looking for an investment route?
The Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188) not only allows you to set up a business. This visa also offers you the opportunity to gain Australian residency by investment.
You’ll have two options:
- Investor stream: You want to make a designated investment of at least AU$1.5 million in an Australian state or territory, and maintain business and investment activity in Australia.
- Significant Investor stream: You are willing to invest at least AU$5 million into complying investments in Australia, and maintain business and investment activity in Australia.
You’ll be eligible to apply for permanent residency, the subclass 888 visa, if you meet the requirements.
Do you want to join your children in Australia?
Australia knows that families scattered across the globe want the opportunity to reunite, even if not permanently. For this reason, Australia offers a number of visa options to the parents of settled Australians, both citizens and permanent residents, and eligible New Zealand citizens:
- Parent visa (subclass 103): This is a permanent residency visa that lets a parent move to Australia.
- Aged Parent visa (subclass 804): This visa also grants permanent residency and lets an aged parent move to Australia. An ‘aged parent’ is someone who is old enough to receive the Australian age pension.
- Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 884): This visa lets an aged parent stay in Australia temporarily. You must have sponsorship from an eligible sponsor who is usually an eligible child. If you meet the requirements, you’ll be able to apply for permanent residency under the subclass 864 visa.
- Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173): This visa lets a parent stay temporarily in Australia. Like with the 884 visa above, you must be sponsored by an eligible child. Also similarly, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency if you meet the criteria.
But if we had to give one answer to “how can I emigrate to Australia”, it would be this…
Get in touch with a licensed immigration agent to assess you against the criteria for Australian visas. This is the most surefire way to see how you can emigrate to Australia. In other words, discovering the visa or visas for which you qualify.
Our initial assessment is free and non-obligatory. You can book it from our website. You’ll get feedback from one of our consultants within 1 hour.