NSW’s New List of State Sponsored Occupations

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Australia, October 17, 2011 – Good news for people who want to work in Australia! New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, government has just announced that is has just updated and released its new version of its State Migration Plan (SMP) that includes a new list of occupations eligible for state sponsorship.

NSW's New List of State Sponsored Occupations

The NSW state government has just added a number of new occupations to its new lists of State Sponsorship Occupations under the State Migration Plan. This means that New South Wales will sponsor workers in these fields in getting an Australian work visa and immigrate to NSW.

Updated for 2011-2012, New South Wales’ new lists of State Sponsorship Occupations, reflecting the occupations that are eligible to apply for NSW’s state sponsorship are:

Financial investment advisor;
Chief information officer;
Systems administrator;
Construction project manager;
University lecturer in nursing;
Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher; and
Painting trades worker

The State Migration Program (SMPs) has played a critical role in the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, as they have been developed by Australia’s State/Territory governments to basically determine which applicants will be eligible for state sponsored work visa Australia on the basis of their occupation. It is intended to attract highly skilled and employable overseas migrants that have occupations that are in demand in regional areas and difficult to source from the local labor market for migration to Australia and to apply for Australian skilled visa.

Applicants for financial investment advisor, early childhood teacher and painter sponsorships are required to have at least three years experience in the occupation. However, for the other new additions to the occupation list, applicants are required to have at least five years experience.

NSW has also announced that it will also offer metallurgists and electricians (special class) sponsorship under the Skilled Regional migration (475) program. However, migration is conditional upon relocating to regional areas where specific skills are required.

Currently, the NSW’s government is inviting applications to settle in the state’s Northern Inland, Riverina, Orana and Murray regions.

Under the 475 program, a regional certifying body must first sponsor the applicants before they can apply to the NSW Government.

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