A number of key industries in Australia are currently experiencing serious shortages and gaps in professional personnel. The list is extensive, and literally covers a variety of jobs from A (Aeronautical Engineers) to Z (Zoologists)!
For this reason, a number of Skilled Visas have been made available to attract migrants who make a significant contribution to the Australian economy and fill positions where no Australian workers are available. All individuals who are qualified to work or train in an eligible skilled occupation in Australia, and can meet all other requirements, may be eligible for such skilled visas.
The most popular is a Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) – which allows invited workers and New Zealand citizens with requisite skills to work permanently anywhere in Australia. While you do not need a sponsor or nominator to be eligible, you must be invited to apply and must be under 45 to be invited.
As a permanent visa, the 189 grants holders permanent residency and also allows them to remain in Australia indefinitely.