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Subclass 485 Visa: Concessions in the Graduate Work Stream to End 30 June

In 2022 the Department of Home Affairs made a temporary change to the requirements for the Subclass 485 visa in the Graduate Work stream. From 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023, individuals applying for this visa are exempted from the requirement to nominate a Skilled occupation and undergo a provisional skills assessment. However, this requirement will be reintroduced soon.


Generally speaking, overseas students who graduated with a qualification lower than a bachelor’s degree in Australia (e.g. Diploma), may be eligible for a Subclass 485 visa in the Graduate Work stream. They are required to nominate an occupation on the MLTSSL that is relevant to their qualification.

The qualification must be consistent with the requirements of the nominated occupation by level and course content. For example, a person who graduated from a Certificate IV in commercial cookery combined with a Diploma of Hospitality, can apply for a 485 visa by nominating the Chef occupation.

Applicants must apply to have their qualifications assessed as suitable for the occupation by a relevant assessing authority. In the case of Chefs, it is Trades Recognition Australia (TRA). This type of skills assessment is commonly referred to as provisional skills assessment.

Temporary Waiver

Under the temporary waiver, individuals applying for the Subclass 485 visa in the Graduate Work stream between 1st July 2022 and 30th June 2023 are not required to nominate an occupation on the MLTSSL. Additionally, they do not need to undergo a provisional skills assessment.


It's important to understand that this waiver is a temporary measure and will end on 30 June 2023. Therefore, individuals planning to apply for the Subclass 485 visa in the Graduate Work stream after 30th June 2023 will once again be required to nominate a MLTSSL occupation and undergo a provisional skills assessment.

At the time of lodgement, applicants must have at least applied for their skills assessment. The outcome letter can be provided post-lodgement.


The temporary concessions of the Subclass 485 visa in the Graduate Work stream provide a unique opportunity for eligible individuals. However, these concessions will end on 30 June 2023. Applying for, and obtaining a provisional skills assessment takes time. Prospective applicants should consider their circumstances and ensure that they can meet the eligibility requirements current at the time of applying for their visa, whether it is lodged before or after the concessions end.

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Elan Rysher is a Registered Migration Agent and Qualified Student Counsellor. He is the main Writer for ImmiUpdates and the founder of Rysher Migration. Elan has many years of experience working in immigration, finance and health. Being a former migrant himself, Elan is passionate about helping others fulfil their Australian dream.


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