The current skills shortage in Australia is attracting significant interest from some of the top South Africans in their fields. Photo: File

DURBAN – Australia is desperately looking for skilled labour, and with the large numbers of South Africans considering emigrating, the Temporary Skill Shortage visas (482) are proving to be an attractive option to many, if their skills have made the ‘most wanted’ list.

Sam Hopwood, Australian migration agent for Sable International, says that the current skills shortage in Australia is attracting significant interest from some of the top South Africans in their fields, ranging from medicine to education, ICT, engineering and the arts.  

The more unusual skills on the list include horse riding instructors, landscape gardeners, acupuncturists, naturopaths and pig farmers.

He said, "A new list of skills in demand in Australia was issued recently for the Temporary Skills Shortage (482) Visa, and it  temporarily allows an employer to sponsor a suitably skilled worker to fill a position in their Australian business". 

This visa lets you establish your business in Australia and provides a pathway from temporary to permanent residence. In addition to the overseas business sponsorship, you will also need to apply for a Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482).

The visa applicant must be nominated to work in an occupation on the medium and long-term skills list. Depending on the occupation they might need a degree or 5 years of experience and have at least 2 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field.

The visa allows you to work in Australia for up to 4 years, and if eligible, you can apply for permanent residence. To make the transition from a temporary residence visa to a permanent residence visa, your Australian-based company must first obtain a standard business sponsorship (SBS). You can apply for an SBS once your company is up and running in Australia.

"The process is complex and you need to work with experienced migration agents that understand the Australian and South African contexts - We specialise in helping small to medium sized businesses and private individuals internationalise themselves. Besides meeting the mandatory migration requirements, you need to look at the implications on your tax and investments. With offices in both countries we cover all bases," concluded Hopwood.