Migrating to South Australia

Our relaxed yet prosperous and affordable lifestyle, ease of travel, low population density, safety, and abundance of cultural and leisure activities, makes South Australia one of the great boutique regions of the world.

Getting the right visa

If you are thinking about migrating to South Australia, we encourage you to seek advice on which visa is best suited to you.

The Department of Immigration and Border Security's Visa Finder is a handy online resource for people exploring their options.

If you are a skilled migrant and looking to apply for a state nominated visa, we encourage you to visit the Immigration SA website for more information.

Immigration advice

A registered migration agent can give you advice and assistance in applying for an Australian work visa, but it's important to remember that they don't make the final decision and are unable to influence the outcome of the visa application process.

Be sure to find an agent who is registered to practice Australian Migration Law.

Visit the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority to locate an agent near you.

Please note that some positions within the South Australian public sector may only be open to Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Skilled Arrival Service

The Government of South Australia offers a Skilled Arrival Service for skilled migrants to help them prepare to move and settle in South Australia.

The service can assist you with:

  • discounted accommodation on arrival
  • settlement support services (including meet-and-greet at the airport and New Arrivals Dinner)
  • free practical workshops, group coaching and spotlight sessions to help you succeed in the job market
  • access to information, resources and referrals
  • skills recognition pathways, including recognition of your overseas qualifications and trade skills for employment purposes.

Visit www.migration.sa.gov.au to find out more.

Changing jobs may affect your visa

If you already hold a valid Australian work visa, changing your employer can affect the status of your visa and eligibility to stay in Australia.

Visit myVEVO to check the conditions of your visa before applying for a new role.