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Skilled migration program


The Skilled stream of the Migration Program is designed to attract migrants who make a significant contribution to the Australian economy, and fill positions where no Australian workers are available. Skilled migrants have very high participation rates in the workforce, helping to stimulate economic growth, which results in more jobs.

The Skilled stream also plays an important role in regional development through providing skills and labour which can't be sourced locally, as well as encouraging investment and promoting local spending in regional areas.


Skilled occupation list

The combined list of eligible skilled occupations summarises the occupations Australia needs to fill skill shortages.

See the skilled occupation list

Visas for innovation 

Innovation is a key long-term driver of economic prosperity, jobs and growth.

Global Talent Programs


Skilled visa newsletters

Our skilled visa newsletters provides advice about upcoming changes to both the temporary and permanent skilled visa programs

See our newsletters