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Courses & Occupations To Get Permanent Residence In Australia

Courses & Occupations To Get Permanent Residence In Australia

Australia has become a very attractive destination for international students from all over the world.

This is not a surprise because there are many reasons why this is the case.

Some of these reasons are a stable and thriving economy, high quality of the education system, great career prospects after graduation.

There are also solid infrastructures put in place, beautiful landscapes and of course a warm and friendly multicultural society.

Australia indeed offers a lifestyle that many international students have come to love, which allows them to call Australia home.

If you want to be paid for the work you do in Australia and if you also want to pay the right amount of tax then you need to provide your TFN to your employer.


In addition to choosing a course and getting admission into your chosen higher institution, international students also need to have a valid Student Visa to be able to study in Australia.

After finishing your studies, you have a number of options to secure a post work study visa that will allow you to work visa. One such visa is the Temporary Graduate Visa – subclass 485.

You can also study and work in Australia with a Tourist or Working Holiday visa. With these, you don’t necessarily need to have a Permanent Residence visa to study and work in Australia.

For many international students, there is an interest in carving a pathway from studies to getting permanent residence in Australia.

This is usually done by applying for the skilled migration program. Under this program, there are a number of options and pathways to becoming an Australian permanent residence. These include:

  • General Skilled Migration
  • Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme
  • Skilled Independent visa
  • Skilled Nominated visa
  • Skilled-Recognised Graduate visa
  • Skilled Regional (provisional) visa
  • Skilled Regional visa

Under the General Skilled Migration program, the applicant is required to have their skills assessed by a relevant and authorised assessor as well as choose an occupation from the occupations in demand list.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs for the full list. Do note that this list is subject to change every year. It is important to be up to date and stay current on this information.

What this means is that the course and the occupation you choose are very important determinant factors in deciding your pathway to secure permanent residency in Australia.

The first step to consider to determine which profession you should choose to achieve your permanent residency goals is to choose the right course.

You should have your resume and cover letter tailored to match each job that you apply for to give you a better chance of getting the job.

YouEnrol is also able to help and advise you further on steps you can take to achieve your study and career goals as an international student in Australia.

Requirements for Courses that May Lead to Permanent Residence

  1. The course must last for a minimum length of two years. This could be more depending on the course you end up choosing. It could be a university course or a Vocational Education & Training (VET) course.
  2. The course must fall under the ANZSCO position description for jobs on the skills list. This way you will be able to choose a course that leads to a job on the occupations in demand list. Note that this list is updated every year.
  3. You need to apply for a Post Study Work Visa (PSWV) within six months of completing your studies.
  4. The course you choose must be a CRICOS approved program. This means that the course should be on the CRICOS list as an approved course. The list is the official Australian Government lists of all Australian education providers and registered courses for overseas students.

The Top Courses To Study

Engineering – it’s common to have engineering graduates going on to obtain permanent residency in Australia mainly because it is one of the professions that is a major contributor to the Australian economy. Engineering occupations currently on the list are:

  • Engineering Manager
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transport Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production or Plant Engineer
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Engineering Professionals nec
  • Software Engineer
  • Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Telecommunications Network Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Draftsperson

Information & Technology Communication (ICT)

The high number of ICT jobs available supports the fact that jobs in this industry are in demand. You need to choose courses in this field that create a pathway to PR. ICT jobs currently on the list are:

  • Analyst Programmer
  • Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • Developer Programmer
  • ICT Business Analyst
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst

Hospitality and Tourism

The hospitality and tourism industry is one of the most flourishing industries in Australia. It covers a wide range of occupations that are very essential to the Australian economy.

This is supported by the fact that the Australian society is a rich multicultural one that influences this industry.  Some of the occupations currently on the list are:

  • Chef
  • Amusement Centre Manager
  • Fitness Centre Manager
  • Sports Centre Manager
  • Cinema or Theatre Manager
  • Cafe or Restaurant Manager
  • Hotel or Motel Manager
  • Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Conference and Event Organiser


The healthcare industry has always featured prominently on the occupations in demand list.

This is due to the high level of demand for services in this industry coupled with the fact that the Australian healthcare sector is one of the most developed in the world. Some occupations in healthcare on the list are:

  • Nursing Practitioner
  • Nursing Clinical Director
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  • Midwife
  • Dermatologist
  • Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
  • Emergency Medicine Specialist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Intensive Care Specialist
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Medical Practitioners nec
  • Neurologist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Ophthalmologist


These are jobs such as:

  • Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
  • Arts Administrator or Manager
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Boat Builder and Repairer
  • Bricklayer
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carpenter
  • Carpenter and Joiner
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Drainer
  • Electrician (General)
  • Electrician (Special Class)

Education and Training

Australia has one of the most developed and quality education system in the world. Therefore, it invests heavily in maintaining this standard so the quality of its workforce is important.

Occupations in this industry are also found on the list meaning that international students can choose a course in education and training. Education and training occupations on the list are:

  • Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Special Education Teachers nec
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
  • Teacher of the Sight Impaired


Occupations on the list include:

  • Accountant (General)
  • External Auditor
  • Management Accountant
  • Taxation Accountant

Social Work

Courses in the social work field are quite popular with international students and it gives you the opportunity to work with the disadvantaged. An occupation in this field is that of the Social Worker.


The Australian legal industry comprises of a multicultural mix of professionals from all over the world. Occupations in this industry are mainly for solicitors and barristers.

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