Immigration SA recognises high performing international graduates from South Australian public universities.

Immigration SA is making it easier for talented international graduates of South Australian public universities (in the last two years) to qualify for state nomination through the "high performing graduate" category.

Benefits of the ‘high performing graduate’ category include:

You will still need to meet the English and work experience required for your skills assessment and registration (if your occupation requires registration). 

To qualify as a high performing graduate, you will need to continue to reside in South Australia post graduation and have completed one of the following qualifications at a South Australian public university (in the last two years) with the required Grade Point Average (GPA) listed below:

Please note: If you are accessing a high performing graduate waiver, you can only apply for state nomination for a provisional 491 visa.

  • PhD or Masters by Research.
  • GPA of 5.2 or above in a Masters by Coursework degree (following completion of a Bachelor degree* in South Australia).
  • First Class Honours in a dedicated Honours year (following completion of a Bachelor degree* in South Australia).
  • GPA of 5.2 or above in a Bachelor degree*.

Your GPA is listed on your academic transcript. The three South Australian public universities are: Flinders University, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia. 

Your South Australian qualification must be in the same field as your nominated occupation. 

*Your Bachelor degree in South Australia must be CRICOS registered for a minimum of 92 weeks. 

  • High performing graduates from private universities or higher education providers in South Australia will be considered on a case by case basis (as not all private higher education providers use the same grading system). To enquire whether you are eligible to apply, please email your academic transcript to:
  • Quotas apply to the high performing graduate category. Once this quota is reached, applications under this category may be closed or certain occupations may be unavailable for nomination.