Skilled trades such as cooks, hairdressers, librarians and pharmacy technicians are still in demand in South Australia with overseas candidates needed to fill places.

The latest new occupation list published by the South Australian Immigration Department reveals the jobs that are most in demand for a number of different occupations.


There are still a lot of job opportunities for overseas candidates according to the state's immigration departments​

Occupations recently added to the list include hairdresser, cook, customer service manager, investment advisors, librarian, sheep shearer, first aid trainer, ICT trainer, medical administrator, equipment hire manager and pharmacy technician.

Despite unemployment rates in Australia rising overall there are still a lot of job opportunities for overseas candidates according to the state's immigration departments. A spokesman pointed out that unemployment in the state is low compared with other parts of Australia.

The official pointed out that those interested in applying need to check the latest rule changes. For example, recent changes mean that overseas hairdressers can now apply for permanent residency after just five years' work experience in Australia.

However, recent changes also mean that chefs, cooks and plumbers now have to show evidence of completing a first aid course before they can apply for permanent residency.

An immigration official pointed out that state nominated applicants have a greater choice of occupations than applicants pursuing a job independently but to be eligible for South Australian Government state nomination applicants must have been assessed by the relevant assessing authority, have met all the threshold requirements for nomination, including the minimum English Language requirements.

Some occupations have additional English requirement that applicants must meet in addition to all other nomination requirements.

'If your application for state nomination is approved you'll receive additional points towards the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) points test. If you're applying for a permanent visa you will receive five points for state nomination and if you are applying for a provisional visa you will receive 10 points,' the spokesman explained.

Provisional visa holders must live and work in a regional area as classified by the DIBP and the whole of South Australia is classed as regional, including Adelaide for the purposes of state nominated General Skilled Migration (GSM.)

An application for state nominated GSM will receive priority processing through the DIBP. 'State nomination means you immediately receive an invitation from DIBP to apply for a visa and without State nomination, you would either need to find an employer to nominate you or apply for the independent GSM stream and wait for DIBP to issue an invitation,' the spokesman added.