South Australia Skilled Nomination – Talent and Innovators Program

alent and Innovators program

What is the Talent and Innovators program of SA skilled Nomination?

The Talent and Innovators program provides opportunities and pathways for highly skilled migrants who can contribute to South Australia’s critical priority sectors.

How many Stream in a total of  The Talent and Innovators program ?

The state to nominate applicants under one of the following four streams.

  • Employment stream: For highly skilled migrants who are working for South Australian businesses
  • Start up and small business stream: For entrepreneurial skilled migrants who have started their own business in South Australia
  • High performing graduate stream: For high performing graduates who have completed their qualification at a South Australian higher education institution
  • Independent talent stream: For high calibre applicants seeking state nomination

What occupations will be eligible to apply for?

All occupations eligible for migration through state-nomination are available through the Talent and Innovators program.

Successful applicants will demonstrate how they bring new ideas, skills and innovation to South Australia and can create local jobs.

What is the eligibility of The Talent and Innovators program

  • All applicants must meet the Department of Home Affairs requirements for the subclass 491 or subclass 190 visa.
  • The Talent and Innovators program is currently unavailable to applicants applying from offshore.
  • The Talent and Innovators program is currently unavailable to applicants applying from other Australian states and territories, but cases may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Employment stream

Your employer must:

  • Be a business in one of South Australia’s priority sector, or is an integral part of the supply chain of priority sectors
  • Be an existing business for at least 12 months
  • Have annual turnover of at least $4 million:
    • exemptions may apply for startup and regional business  from the annual turnover requirement
  • Be a business of good standing and there must be no adverse information about the business.

As the applicant:

  • You must be earning at least $80,000 full time. An exemption
    • working for a start-up
    • working for a business in regional South Australia
    • a recent graduate
  • You must be in South Australia on an existing temporary visa
  • You are expected to have Proficient English levels, exemptions may apply
  • You have considerable relevant work experience in the field, exemptions may apply
  • Your employer must provide a business case (maximum 2 pages) demonstrating how you
    • have the qualifications, specific skill set, and relevant experience commensurate with the job
    • will bring new ideas, skills, and innovation to South Australia and can support local job creation
    • will contribute to South Australia’s priority sector

Startup and Small Business Stream

Skilled migrants who have started their own business

Eligibility criteria :

  • Your business must be established in South Australia and operating for the last 12 months and resided in SA for the last 24 months
  • If you are an existing SISA visa holder you must have an established business in South Australia for the last 6 months and resided in SA
  • Your business must be able to give you a personal income
  • Businesses aligning with the priority sector will be favoured
  • Businesses employing at least two employees (other than the applicant) on an ongoing full-time basis will be favoured
  • You must provide a business case (maximum 2 pages) with:
    • evidence of thorough research, and understanding of the relevant industry
    • how the business will be innovative, contribute to South Australia’s economic growth and can support job creation
    • how the applicant’s previous experience and qualifications will help the applicant successfully build their business in South Australia over at least 3 years
  • Self employed applicants must apply through this stream
  • Only the business owner can apply through this stream. Business structures can include sole trader, partnership, company, and trusts
  • Franchise businesses are ineligible for this stream.

High Proferming Graduate Stream

Completed their qualification at a South Australian higher education institution.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • You must have completed the relevant Bachelor or higher qualification at SA in the last two years
  • A minimum of 50% of your qualification must have been completed in South Australia
  • Your South Australian qualification must be in the same field as your skills assessment and nominated occupation
  • You must currently reside in South Australia
  • Applicants are expected to have at least Proficient English unless specified higher for your occupation
  • Your field of education will be taken into consideration. Applicants who have undertaken study in a health or natural or physical sciences field of education may be prioritised
  • You must provide a short summary of your skills and expertise (maximum 2 pages) demonstrating:
    • how your skills and experience can contribute to SA
    • how your area of study can contribute to SA
  • If you have completed a PhD or Masters by Research degree:
    • you can apply once your degree has been conferred
  • If you have completed a Masters by Coursework degree:
    • your Masters degree must be at least 78 CRICOS weeks
    • your Grade Point Average will be taken into consideration
    • a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or higher is generally required unless specified differently for your occupation. Please check your occupation for specific GPA requirements. Applicants with higher GPAs will be prioritised.
  • If you have graduated with First Class Honours in a dedicated Honours year:
    • your Honours year must have followed the completion of a 92 CRICOS week Bachelor degree in South Australia
  • If you have graduated with a Bachelor degree:
    • your Bachelor degree must be at least 92 CRICOS weeks
    • your Grade Point Average will be taken into consideration
    • a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or higher is generally required unless specified differently for your occupation. Please check your occupation for specific GPA requirements. Applicants with higher GPAs will be prioritised.

Independent Talent

Eligibility requirements include:

  • You must be residing in South Australia
  •  at least 95 points on SkillSelect
  • Proficient Plus English levels
  •  relevant work experience in your field, however, limited experience may be considered in exceptional cases
  • You must submit a business case (maximum 2 pages) demonstrating:
    • How your skills and experience can make a contribution to South Australia,
    • Your knowledge of South Australia’s employment or business opportunities relevant to your occupation and field of expertise
    • Additional details of any skill sets, courses, qualifications, experience or awards relevant to your field of expertise
  • Applicants who meet the critical skills and sectors listed by  the Commonwealth Government will be prioritised.

The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

The 18 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Social Worker (272511)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)

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