Immigration South Australia

Access to South Australia's occupation lists

The State Nominated Occupation List and the Supplementary Skilled List reflect the vast majority of occupations on the Australian Immigration Government’s Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

State Occupation List

The requirements to qualify under the State Nominated Occupation List vary depending on whether you are an offshore applicant or an onshore applicant residing in South Australia:

  • Offshore applicants must meet the English level and work experience requirements listed (no exceptions) and all other state nomination requirements.
  • Onshore applicants residing in South Australia may be eligible for a waiver of the English and/or work experience requirements - see waivers below for further details. Where an occupation has met its planning level, it will be listed as ‘special conditions’. In these circumstances, an applicant must meet the requirements under one of the categories numbered 1 to 4 below. 

Supplementary Skilled List and special conditions occupations

A wider list of occupations  is available if you can meet the requirements listed under one of the following categories, along with the minimum state nomination requirements:

  1. International graduate of South Australia
  2. Currently working in South Australia
  3. Chain migration (immediate family member permanently residing in South Australia for 12 months or more)
  4. Meets the current high points requirement (including South Australian state nomination points).


If you are residing in South Australia and meet the requirements under categories 1 or 2, you are exempt from any English language requirements that exceed the Australian Immigration Department minimum competent English requirement (unless registration is required). If you meet the requirements under category 1 and are residing in South Australia, you may also qualify for reduced work experience requirements. Access to waivers and exemptions will depend on your occupation, qualifications and current work situation. 

If you meet the requirements under categories 3 or 4, you will need to meet all state nomination requirements, including Immigration SA’s English and work experience requirement.

Conditions under either list

  • If you are currently in Australia but not residing in South Australia, you will be ineligible to apply for South Australian state nomination.
  • If you are an relying on Australian skilled work experience to meet the minimum work experience requirement, at least six months of this must have been undertaken in South Australia. Onshore applicants must meet this requirement and also be currently working in a skilled occupation in South Australia (minimum 20 hours per week).
  • If you completed your Australian qualification outside South Australia in the last three years (from the date you completed the course to the date of your state nomination application), you can only apply for the 489 visa. However, if you undertook at least six months of your skilled work experience in South Australia or you meet the chain migration requirement, you can apply for either a 489 or 190 visa. If you are currently residing interstate, you are ineligible to apply. 
  • It is your responsibility to research any licensing or registration requirements relating to your nominated occupation. 
  • Immigration SA reserves the right to withdraw a nomination if it is identified that misleading information has been provided in an application.