The General Skilled Migration Points Test measures your eligibility to apply for different subclasses. The points test takes factors such as your age, Australian, regional and overseas education, Australian and overseas employment, and English ability, Credential community language as well as Partner points into account. You may be eligible to obtain further points through state nomination or sponsorship.
Access to the DOHA Migration Points Test can be accessed through the following link
The Selected Occupations List (SOL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) have been replaced by the Medium – Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). In order to apply for different skilled visas, your occupation must be assessed as one of the occupations on the Selected Occupations List.
The applicable lists can be found at the following link.
Applicable under the following circumstances:
The applicable lists can be found at the following link
Please note that for Subclass 190 (State Nominated Skilled Visa) each state has independent lists and criteria to fulfil according to specific demands, please refer to the Subclass 190 section for further information regarding this.
It is also important to note that all occupation lists are liable to change according to Departmental and government assessment of Australia’s employment needs. These lists are updated approximately every financial year, however they can change at any stage. Please ensure that the information you are accessing is up to date.
Each occupation is defined by ANZSCO and falls within a set of parameters outlined by individual ANZSCO codes and detailed by the Australian Bureau of StatisticsAccess to the ANSZCO codes and their descriptions can be found at Australian Bureau Of Statistics and ANZSCO Codes and Occupations – DoHA
All ANZSCO occupations must be assessed by an authorized skills assessing body which varies for different occupations. The relevant assessing body can be found under the Department information on the occupation.
Our office can assist you in preparing a skills assessment application in accordance with the requirements of each skills assessment body and the ANZSCO guidelines.
In order to apply for any Skilled Visa application you must hold a valid skills assessment, reflecting your education and/or employment qualifications. This can be a complicated process, without which you cannot proceed with your visa application.
Our office is equipped to lodge skills assessment applications to a range of skills assessing bodies such as Vetassess, CPA, ICAA, IPA, EA, ACS, AMSA, including many others.
Amongst other requirements, eligibility for skilled visa applications are reliant on your English language ability, assessed by IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or OET. Different visas carry different requirements for English language ability.
This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.
It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.
You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited. When we sent your letter of invitation, you must also have:
Subclass 189 Permanent Residence Pathway for New Zealand Citizens from 1 July 2017
New Zealand citizens who have been living in Australia for at least five years and shown a commitment and continuous contribution to Australia are eligible for permanent residence from 1 July 2017. The new pathway is part of the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa.
The new pathway is only available to NZ citizens who started living in Australia on or before 19 February 2016. You will need to show that you were usually resident at this time
You also need to show that you have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of five years immediately prior to application, and have commenced that period of usual residence on or before 19 February 2016
You would need to have held a Special Category Visa (SCV Subclass 444) for the 5 years – this is the visa NZ citizens are usually granted on entry to Australia.
To be eligible for the Independent Skilled 189 (New Zealand) Stream, you must provide a copy of the Notice of Assessment (with the tax file number removed or obscured), issued by the Australian Taxation Office for each of the four most recently completed income years immediately prior to application showing that you have earned annual taxable income at least equivalent to TSMIT (Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold) for the last 5 financial years.
The TSMIT has been $53,900 since 1 July 2013, but was $51,000 from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.
Table 1 – Income threshold for the past five years
Income threshold for Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand) Stream
Limited exemptions to the income requirement will apply – those currently announced include:
Unlike other skilled visas, there is no age limit for the NZ stream of the 189 visa. The age limit for the subclass 189 visa are otherwise reduced to 45 from 1 July 2017
Including Family Members
Even if they are not NZ citizens, spouses and dependent children can be included in the application. If applying onshore, they must hold a substantive visa or Bridging A, B or C visa.
Health and Character Requirement
All family members included in the application must meet health and character requirements.
The waivable health criterion 4007 applies
All family members included in the application need to complete health and character.
Application fees are in line with current fees for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa. However, only 20% of the application fee needs to be paid at lodgement. The balance of fees would only be payable once you have met all other criteria and are likely to be granted the visa.
Fees payable are below:
Prior to Grant
Dependants 18 or Over
Dependants under 18
Unlike other permanent skilled visa types, there is no English Language Charge for applicants with less than Functional English.
For NZ citizens who were living in Australia on or before 19 February 2016, and have been living in Australia for the last 5 years, the new permanent residence pathway is extremely beneficial. In particular:
New Zealand Citizens who meet the criteria should consider applying for the new pathway as it offers very favourable access to permanent resident status.
This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government agency.
It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.
You might be eligible to apply for this visa if you were invited. When we sent you your letter of invitation, you must also have:
Different states impose different eligibility requirements, some of which may include:
Our office can help you determine your eligibility for different states. Different states also nominate different occupations, which are liable to change at any stage. Please see Click Here for the various state occupation lists available.
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