Last modified 01/25/2024

Jobs in Australia,immigration to Australia,working in Australia :In Australia, there is a program known as the Skill Matching Database, which allows immigrants to know the staff needs of this country. In order to be able to access to this tool, it is important for immigrants applying to the adequate visa. 


To do this, people who wish to migrate to Australia must be really careful when applying for a visa. The possibilities of been accepted in Australian territory will depend on the type of visa the immigrant is applying for, when he or she fulfills the applications and fulfills the requirements demanded by the Australian Immigration Program.

It is important to mention that in Australia, unlike in other countries, it is possible to request a visa not only for the beneficiary immigrant – who is the only one who must fulfill the requirements – but also to their direct relatives, who depend economically from the immigrant holder.

The first step that must be taken by those who are interested in immigration to Australian territory is to deeply research which are their opportunities to get a job in this country. The Skill Matching Database is a tool included in the official website of the Australian Government (, which makes it easier for skilled immigrants who are applying for a visa to find out about the laboral opportunities in Australia.

As well, the Skill Matching Database allows visa applicants to inscribe their information regarding their laboral experience, detailing the jobs they have performed, as well as they education level they reached. In this web site, the immigrant can also register his interest in working in the Australian territory or state.

The Skill Matching Database is checked by businessmen, state and territorial governments each time they require workers, because they might become sponsors for the immigrant who is interested in living and working in Australia. This means that the immigrant could even get a job before arriving to the Australian country.

It is important to point out that for immigrants to be able to include their data in the Skill Matching Database, they must have presented their visa application in any of the skilled visa categories, such as: subclass 175, subclass 176, subclass 885 and subclass 886.

As follows, we will explain which are the visa categories to which the immigrant must apply, from outside Australia, to access to the Skill Matching Database:

Skilled – Independent (Migrant) Visa, Subclass 175: is a permanent visa for people with professional studies and workers with skilled occupations who are not sponsored by family members, companies or Australian territory or state governments. To obtain this visa, it is necessary to reach a minimum score.

Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) Visa, Subclass 176. This is a permanent visa for professionals or workers with skilled occupations and who count with the sponsorship of family members, companies or governments of the Australian territories. It also demands reaching a minimum score, but it is inferior than the one needed for the subclass 175.

Now, the visas that can be requested from the Australian territory to get access to the Skill Matching Database are:

  • Skilled – Independent (Residence) Visa, Subclass 885. This is a permanent visa is directed to foreign students, who have performed their studies for more than two years, studies that must be listed in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and who do not count with sponsorship. It is also necessary to reach a minimum established score.
  • Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) Visa, Subclass 886. This is a permanent visa also directed to foreign students, with studies in Australia for a period longer than two years, which are listed in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL), but who count with the sponsorship of a family member, a company or a state government. To obtain this visa it is necessary to score a minimum grade, but it is lower than the one needed to obtain the subclass 885 visa. 

It is important to clarify that been enrolled in the Skill Matching Database does not imply any cost, does not guarantee obtaining a job and far from it, it does not mean that the immigrant will have any type of rights regarding the visa he or she might be applying for.

The data the immigrant introduces in the Skill Matching Database remains there until he or she has arrived to Australia, for a maximum time of two years.

Summing it up, the Skill Matching Database is a tool proportionate by the Australian government to beneficiate immigrant applicants and Australian employees.

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