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New Skilled Visa and Points Test Arrangements

Professionals and Other Skilled Migrants

The Australian Government has proposed changes to the skilled migration visa regime, which are scheduled to commence from 1 July 2012

Key changes include:

  • introduction of new points tested skilled migration visas
  • amendments to the skilled migration points test.

Changes to Points Tested Skilled Migration Visas ([an error occurred while processing this directive]B PDF file)
General Skilled Migration Points Test under SkillSelect ( 61KB PDF file)


SkillSelect will be introduced on 1 July 2012 and will change the way people seek to migrate to Australia. Rather than applying for a skilled migration visa, people will instead first record their details through an online Expression of Interest. More information on SkillSelect is available on the department's website.

Existing points based skilled migration visa arrangements

Visa subclasses 885, 886 and 487 will remain open to new applicants until 1 January 2013. If you are eligible to lodge an application for one of these visas you will be able to do so using the current application process.

You can also submit an Expression of Interest for one of the visa subclasses under SkillSelect. You may benefit from submitting an Expression of Interest, as this would allow employers and state or territory governments to view your details to discuss visa opportunities.


Last modified Friday 13 February 2015