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Australia Work Visa


The Australia Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485), a temporary permit for students, is given to those who have completed at least two years of study in Australia in the past six months. Unlike other Australian migration visas, the Graduate Work Visa has a more straightforward process to quickly evaluate applicants since most of them resided for a significant period in Australia. 

Best Migration Consultant (BMC) can help you make the most of your education in Australia by aiding you with your Graduate Work Visa application. Our teams are competent in all details of this visa and can help you by coming up with an application package that has maximum chances of success.


This Graduate Temporary Visa is granted to students who can live and work for up 18 months to four years in Australia. There are two major categories of visas that are granted under this program:

 Select the one most suitable for them in these subclasses:

  • Graduate Work Visa – It is given to students who have finished two years of education in Australia in the past six months before applying for this visa and have made an application for skill assessment in a designated occupation on the Skilled Occupations List (Sol).
  • Graduate Post-Study Visa – It is granted to students who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. This visa takes into account your educational qualifications. It does not need that your profession to be listed on the SOL.

Both visa types allow you to reside and work in any part of Australia. You are allowed to take your family to Australia and also travel to and from Australia until your visa is valid. This visa is valid for 18 months to four years.


The Australia Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485) is focused on gauging students’ educational qualifications. Its target is to retain talent in Australia and is a convenient route to settle permanently in the Land Down Under. The essential eligibility qualifications are:
  • Age should be in the range of 18-50 
  • Have educational qualifications from Australia
  • Information about the two years or more spent pursuing education in Australia
  • Your English language proficiency 
  • If your occupation is listed on the SOL
  • Your work experience
  • Health and character certificates 

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Best Migration Consultant has lodged thousands of applications for Australian immigration services and is one of the premier Australian immigration departments. We offer end-to-end services, including:

  • Entire Migration Processing & Processing of Applications
  • Our Melbourne office provides guidance from a Registered Migration Agent (RMA) 
  • Application Forms, Necessary Documents & Filing Petitions
  • Assistance with Medical Exams 
  • Help with Migration Petition & Representation, if necessary 
  • Updating & Following-up up with the Consulate
  • Preparation for Visa Interview, if necessary
  • Job Search Assistance (extra charges)

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are various work visa options, three work visa options can lead to permanent residency while two of them are temporary and lets you stay in the country for a limited time.

Permanent work visa options

1.Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186)

Employers can nominate you for this visa. The requirement is that your occupation must be on the list of eligible skilled occupations and the list must be applicable to your skills. This visa lets you stay and work permanently in Australia.

Employers may also sponsor individuals who are on a 457, TSS or working holiday visa. This visa can result in permanent residency.

Skill Select program: When an employer doesn’t want to appoint you, then you can apply your application through the Skill Select program. Through this program, your information will be made available to employers and governments of the states and territories and they can decide to nominate you. When you send an Expression of Interest (EOI) via the Skill Select program, you let the government know you ‘re interested in working in Australia.

To submit an EOI your occupation must be on the List of Skilled Occupations. After getting your EOI, you’ll be ranked based on a points test. If you have the required points, you qualify for the Skill Select program.

2.Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189)

Before submitting your application under this category, you must give an Expression of Interest through Skill Select and have the required points. You can apply for the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) even though you may not be nominated by an employer.

Eligibility requirements

• Experience in a nominated occupation on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List

• Get a skill assessment report by a designated authority for that occupation

3.Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

If you are nominated by an Australian state or territory you qualify for this visa. This visa has the same privileges as the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189).

The eligibility requirements are also the same.

Temporary work visa options

1.TSS visa (Temporary Skill Shortage):Individuals can work between two to four years under this visa, depending on the requirement of the employee. To obtain this visa for hiring employees, Australian businesses would have to show they are facing a shortage of skills.

Applicants should have previous work experience of at least two years and should be under 45 years. Organizations that hire workers on this visa have to pay them the market salary.

2.Working holiday visa: This visa is available to people in the 18-30 age group to enable them to take up short-term jobs in Australia while on a holiday there. The period is twelve months. You will have to stick to the mandatory health and character requirements while on a holiday and not have any dependents with you.

With the working holiday visa, you can:

• Enter and stay in the country for six months

• Leave and re-enter the country multiple times

• Work for up to six months with an employee

• Choose to study for four months during the visa duration

Australian employers recognize education and work experience from abroad and accept numerous technical qualifications. If you have these credentials, the chances of applying for the Skill Select system are greater.

Across Australia, workers who work and stay here are entitled to pension benefits. When you want to get these incentives, you have to fulfil the requirements of age and residency. Those who work in Australia benefit from a retirement savings account called the Superannuation fund.

The country offers an accessible health care program and a network of social assistance. Aside from that, even in the major cities the population density is much smaller.

Australia has a multicultural culture that has people coming and moving here from various parts of the world. In fact, 43 per cent of Australians have overseas parents or were born overseas.

In case you want to improve your educational qualifications, the country offers more than 20,00 courses of study and has over 1,200 educational institutions.

Social security benefits

Many of the benefits provided by Centrelink (Department of Human Services branch) under Australia’s Social Security Act include

 Age pension — for individuals (65 years and older) who expect to retire or retire

Payment and carer compensation — for people who care for those with a disability

Disability support pension — for individuals who are unable to work for two years because of disability, accident or illness

Sickness allowance — for workers with accident, disability or sickness (under two years of age) who do not have access to or using any of their leave

New start allowance — for job-seekers

Special benefit — for persons enduring financial distress and unable to maintain themselves;

Income support— cash contribution to cover the cost of living (can include pension program, veteran contribution, rent assistance

Pharmaceutical allowance — helps people receiving Centrelink benefits to offset the expense of prescription medicines

Other benefits

Group Insurance – Big, multi-national corporations in a variety of industries are increasingly providing personal insurance plans for their employees, which also provide Salary Continuance coverage as well as lump-sum Death and Disability insurance.

Health insurance – This has historically been a lower priority, but as the government has raised taxes and decreased rebates for high-income earners over the past 5+ years, large corporations are increasingly providing fully paid or subsidized plans (although mostly in IT and professional sectors where salary levels are high and competition for talent)

Childcare facilities – A growing number of big, professional firms are looking to provide childcare and/or daycare services.

Flexible working conditions – For families, this includes more time off, different working hours, and working from home options.

Minimum wage

For a full-time worker in Australia, the average weekly wage is about 1,605 AUD (1,087 USD). The country’s national minimum wage is just under 19 Australian dollars (13 US dollars) per hour, or 720 Australian dollars (490 US dollars) per week.

The average annual wage in Australia is about 91,550 AUD, including benefits (62,000 USD).

Work hours and work flexibility

The number of work hours per week can be as low as 38.5 hours. The length of work week could be even shorter in some of the other firms. Apart from this, some employers offer flexible working hours.