Long-term residents of South Australia, who do not qualify under other pathways for state nomination and are not currently working in their nominated occupation, may be eligible for nomination through this stream. Safe Haven Enterprise visa holders may also apply under this pathway.

Long-term residents of South Australia, who do not qualify under other pathways for state nomination and are not currently working in their nominated occupation, may be eligible for nomination through this stream. Safe Haven Enterprise visa holders may also apply under this pathway.

Eligibility guidelines

To be eligible under the Long-term Residents stream, you must:

  1. Check if your nominated occupation is eligible under the Long Term Residents stream on South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List
  2. Currently live and work in South Australia
  3. Have resided continuously in South Australia for the past five years (at the time of application)
  4. Be under 45 years of age
  5. Have a valid and positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation
  6. Have at least Competent English, unless your nominated occupation requires registration or licensing to practice in South Australia. If your occupation requires registration or licensing in South Australia, you will need to ensure you meet the English requirement set by the registration or licensing authority to work in South Australia. Occupations with registration requirements include trades, education, and health professions. (Note: Passport holders or citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand do not need to provide an English language test result)
  7. Score at least 65 points in the Department of Home Affairs’ points test (including state nomination points)
  8. Be currently working for the past six months in South Australia in any Skill Level 1, 2, 3 or Skill Level 4 Carer and Aide occupation. To find out the skill level of your work experience, visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) website
  9. Have at least 12 months total work experience in South Australia in any Skill Level 1, 2, 3 or Skill Level 4 Carer and Aide occupation over the past three years. This is cumulative, and inclusive of the six months requirement outlined above
  10. During these 12 months of work experience, you must have worked at least:
    • for subclass 491 visa nomination: 20 hours per week or 40 hours per fortnight  
    • for subclass 190 visa nomination: 30 hours per week or 60 hours per fortnight and:
      • be working in a high skilled position: Skill Level 1, or 
      • be receiving a high salary (at least $80,000 in Greater Adelaide or $65,000 in regional South Australia).   
        Please refer to South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List if your nominated occupation is available for subclass 190 visa nomination under this stream.

Please note: If you are working in your nominated occupation, or a related occupation, you are not eligible to apply under this stream. Visit our Nomination Options page and read about each of the other streams available to see if you are eligible.

If your nominated occupation is listed below, you must meet the following requirements:

Occupations

Long-Term Resident requirements

  • Accountants (General)
  • Taxation Accountants
  • Management Accountants
  • External Auditors
  • Chefs
  • Motor Mechanics

You must have been working for at least the past six months in Outer Regional South Australia, or the past 12 months in Greater Adelaide

  • Cooks

You must have been working for at least the past six months in Outer Regional South Australia

If you are a Safe Haven Enterprise visa holder, you can apply for subclass 190 or subclass 491 visa nomination, under the Long Term Resident stream. To be eligible, you must:

  1. Hold a Safe Haven Enterprise visa (Subclass 790) 
  2. Currently live and work in South Australia
  3. Have resided continuously in South Australia for the past four years (at the time of application)
  4. Have worked in South Australia for at least the past 12months in any job (does not need to be related to your nominated occupation). During these past 12 months, you must have worked at least 15 hours per week or 30 hours per fortnight.

Further information

For further information on South Australia’s nomination requirements, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions. To contact us, please lodge an enquiry through the Skilled and Business Migration portal.