A temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) will allow you to continue to live, study or work in Australia after you have finished your Australian studies. The 485 Graduate Visa is divided into two streams:
- Graduate Work Stream: This option is available to you if you have recently graduated from a course that will provide you with a qualification that is related to an occupation where there is a skill shortage in Australia. Such occupations are on a Skilled Occupations list that is published by the Department of Home Affairs. An eligible qualification could include a vocational certificate or diploma if it relates to an eligible skilled occupation.
- Post-Study Work Stream: If you have recently graduated with a degree such as a bachelor, postgraduate diploma or master’s degree from an Australian institution. Your degree can be in any area and does not need to relate to a skilled occupation.
Each of these different streams will provide you with a visa for different durations depending on your circumstances.