Skilled Migrants

State nomination does not guarantee a visa grant and you must also meet all of Department of Home Affairs visa requirements. 

Once you have been nominated and received your visa invitation from Department of Home Affairs, Skilled & Business Migration has no further involvement in the visa application process. All queries about the visa application process, need to be directed to Department of Home Affairs.

The issuing and granting of all visas is the responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs.  Skilled & Business Migration does not intervene in the visa decision making process. 

Skilled & Business Migration will not, under any circumstances, appeal to the Migration Review Tribunal against a decision by Department of Home Affairs declining to grant a visa to any applicants nominated by Skilled & Business Migration.

The South Australian program year generally relates to the financial year which is from 1 July to 30 June.

Volunteer work experience isn’t considered to be skilled work experience. It must be paid skilled work experience.

If you can demonstrate that an administrative error has been made, Skilled & Business Migration may review your application.  

Inadequate documentation, not meeting state nomination requirements, unclear information, typing errors or inadvertent omission of information/document(s), are not reasons to review a decision to refuse. Please refer to the application terms and conditions

To notify us of an administrative error, submit an online enquiry via the Skilled & Business Migration portal within 14 calendar days of the refusal notification. Include your name, GSM reference number and the reasons you believe an error has occurred.

If you are a 489 visa holder, you can apply for a permanent visa - Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) once you have met the Department of Home Affairs requirements. Further information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you are a 491 visa holder, you can apply for a permanent visa – Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) once you have met the Department of Home Affairs’ requirements. Further information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Once you have submitted an ROI, you cannot edit your application. If you want to change the details in the ROI, please send an online enquiry requesting to withdraw your ROI application then re-submit.

There is no application fee for an ROI.

If you are working in South Australia and you will turn 45 years of age before you can satisfy the minimum work experience requirements, we may still apply for state nomination and send an online enquiry to request priority processing.

Please provide a statement outlining your situation for consideration during assessment. This does not guarantee nomination, each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Yes, you can, however, if you have more than 12 months remaining on your visa, you must provide a letter from your current employer consenting to state nomination application. If you are unable to provide a letter of support the application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To determine the skill level of your work experience, you may wish to refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations website.

Yes.  You can combine work experience from multiple employers to make up the hours required for your nominated occupation; however, all work experience must be paid and meet the skilled level for your occupation.

We cannot provide pre-assessment advice on your personal circumstances and eligibility for the program. Please refer to Nomination Options to learn about each of our nomination streams on offer, and apply online if you meet the requirements. 

No, you will not need to create a new EOI in SkillSelect.  Please ensure your EOI is up to date and reflects your current situation.

Your employer must have a physical presence in South Australia.  Working for an interstate employer is not regarded as eligible work experience to meet the work experience requirements.

No. The salary threshold excludes mandatory employer superannuation contributions.

A ‘related’ occupation is generally defined as being in the same Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) Sub Major Group, and at the same Skill Level, as your nominated occupation. That is, the ANZSCO code of the occupation you are working in begins with the same two digits as the ANZSCO code of your nominated occupation. You can find the ANZSCO code and Skill Level for your occupation, on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ ANZSCO website.

In common with other states and territories, South Australia will utilise a Registration of Interest process to invite candidates to apply for nomination in 2023–24. This process helps us to manage the limited nomination places available against the high demand from candidates, and to suitably prioritise candidates for nomination.

Once submitted, the information in a Registration of Interest (ROI) application is unable to be amended. If substantial information provided in your Registration of Interest (ROI) has changed, for example you have changed jobs, you may wish to withdraw your ROI application and submit a new application with up-to-date information. You can withdraw your  application through your account at

Applicants living in Australian states and territories other than South Australia are not eligible under the South Australian Graduate or Working in South Australia categories.

You should only have one Registration of Interest (ROI) submitted at any time. This supports the integrity of our invitation process, making sure we are inviting eligible candidates to apply for nomination. Candidates who have submitted numerous ROIs may be prevented from being invited to applying for nomination.

When we assess the information in your Registration of Interest (ROI) for South Australian nomination, we will also consider the information provided in your SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI). It is important that your EOI is always accurate and up to date.

If we invite you to apply for nomination, and you submit an application, we will assess that you meet the requirements for your nomination category, and verify that the information that you provided in your Registration of Interest for nomination is true and accurate. This assessment will be based on the documents you are required to provide to support your application, for more information see our Supporting Information page.

We will prioritise applicants who demonstrate a strong employment outcome and support critical sectors for nomination for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190).

Please contact us via online to advise us of your situation. You will need to submit the visa grant letter you received from Home Affairs in your enquiry.

A gap of employment of no more than one month may be considered (for example due to changing jobs). Each application will be assessed independently, and a decision made on a case-by-case basis. Paid leave is part of your employment.

No. Pro rata hours are not acceptable to meet our requirements. We require you to work for the last 6 months at 30 hours a week if applying through the South Australian Graduate, and Work in South Australia streams.

If it meets our definition of skilled and full-time employment, then yes. It doesn’t matter if the employment is causal.