Top five courses for permanent residency in Australia

Australia is an extremely popular destination for international students, especially from countries in the Asia-Pacific region. According to the Department of Education and Training, there are 556,987 students from overseas studying in Australia as of May 2018, with 171,024 hailing from China, 66,233 from India and perhaps surprisingly, 31,956 from Nepal. 

For those interested in attaining permanent residency to work and live in Australia, it’s important to choose the right course. The Department of Home Affairs releases a list of in-demand occupations at the beginning of the financial year, so this is a good place to start and to help narrow things down, here are five courses with strong prospects for permanent residency. 


Even though engineering is a popular field of study for domestic students, there are still skill shortages that fall under the authority of Engineers Australia. The following roles made the eligible occupations list: 

  • Agricultural Engineer 
  • Biomedical Engineer 
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Transport Engineer


Australians love to eat and drink and have a booming hospitality scene to match. Many positions involve shift work, which suits those balancing employment and university. The following roles made the eligible skilled occupation list:

  • Baker
  • Café or Restaurant Owner
  • Chef 
  • Cook
  • Pastrycook 


Australia has a rapidly ageing population and as a result, jobs in health and caregiving will be very important. The following roles made the eligible skilled occupations list:

  • Cardiologist
  • Intensive Care Specialist 
  • Medical Oncologist 
  • Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner 


The education industry is in a strong position and getting into teaching would be a worthwhile decision for internationals students. The following roles made the eligible skilled occupations list:

  • Child Care Centre Manager
  • Primary School Teacher 
  • Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
  • Teacher of the Sight Impaired


Many businesses are recognising the value of employees with the ability to code, even those outside of the tech sector. The following roles made the eligible skilled occupations list: 

  • Systems analyst
  • Software engineer 
  • Analyst programmer 
  • Developer programmer 
  • ICT business analyst 

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