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PR Courses in Australia | Permanent Residency in Australia

By December 4, 2021No Comments
Chapter 1


Australia, also referred to as ‘the Land Down Under’, is the world’s 3rd most popular destination for students seeking to pursue their higher studies abroad. The country’s robust economy, world-class education system & faculties, state-of-the-art universities, and well-developed curriculums in a multitude of disciplines has attracted more than 300,000 international students. 

Considering Australia’s multicultural & vibrant cities, beautiful coastlines & geography, coupled with the fact that many students find it a highly welcoming and safe place to study, work and live, it comes as no surprise that many international students plan to live there permanently after completing their studies. To know more about why Australia is a great place to study and live in (and to know more about the economy), click here! (MBA in Australia) 

This is where Permanent Residency (PR) comes into play. There are various pathways that an individual may choose in order to gain PR status in Australia. Obtaining a PR is highly useful as it allows you to settle permanently in the country and become a citizen, gaining access to plenty of work and life opportunities. It also provides you with a chance to contribute to the country and charges you with the duty of being a responsible citizen.  

Some of the best cities to apply for a PR in Australia are Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

Best Ways to get Australian PR

Let us look at some of the best ways to apply for and obtain a PR in Australia:

  • Skilled Migration 
  • State Nomination 
  • Employer Nomination Scheme 
  • Completion of a course associated with an occupation from the Skilled Occupation List

In this article, we will be focusing primarily on the last pathway, which is the path of completing a course that leads to higher chances of PR, and the courses that lead to better chances of a PR. The timeline for the same roughly goes like this: 

  • First, you must check whether your specialization or preferred occupation falls under the ‘Skilled Occupation List’. The Australia Govt. updates the latter regularly, so do check it out! 
  • Second, you will need to write standardized tests to gain admission into the best universities for your chosen specialization. You will also need to apply for a student VISA, which gives you the freedom to live, study and work in Australia for the duration of your course. 
  • Upon the completion of your course, you will need to apply for a post-study work VISA (subclass 485), and secure a job in Australia. Depending on your talent, company, and qualification, your post-study work VISA will range from 2-4 years. 
  • All of the above will add to your overall points in terms of PR applications. After completing all of the steps above, you have a really chance of obtaining a Permanent Resident Status in Australia when you apply.

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Chapter 2

Top Courses in Australia for obtaining a Permanent Residency (PR):

As mentioned earlier, the Department of Immigration and Board Protection updates the Skilled Occupations List regularly. It is crucial that you select courses with excellent PR chances and prospects. Such courses and specializations are highly relevant, in-demand at present and with regard to the future, and have excellent job opportunities. This is one of the best ways to obtain a PR in Australia. So how does one go about identifying these courses? Don’t worry, for we have put together a neat little list of all the PR courses with excellent prospects! 

  • Computer Sciences and Information Technology 
  • Engineering 
  • Dentistry 
  • Medical Courses 
  • Nursing 
  • Accounting 
  • Cooking and Chef Courses 
  • Construction and Building 
  • Education and Teaching 
  • Hospitality 

Let us dive into the details of these courses and the top universities & job opportunities associated with these courses.

Computer Sciences and Information Technology

Honestly, this should come as no surprise, because Computer Science and IT courses and specialists are in demand throughout the world, and will continue to be in-demand for years to come. The case is no different in Australia! I have often believed that the discovery and innovation of computers and the internet is synonymous with the discovery of fire. The world would not be the same place without CS. 

Top Universities for CS and IT in Australia:

  • The University of Melbourne 
  • The University of Sydney 
  • Australian National University 
  • University of South Wales 
  • RMIT University

Top CS and IT Job Opportunities linked to PR in Australia: 

  • Software Engineer 
  • Systems Analyst 
  • Software Developer 
  • ICT Engineer
  • Network Specialist

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Engineers are in high demand in Australia. The Land Down Under offers a diverse range of world-class engineering courses. They also address the needs of the country in various fields, and come up with solutions to myriad problems. 

Top Universities for Engineering in Australia: 

  • Monash University 
  • The University of Melbourne 
  • The University of Sydney 
  • Australian National University 
  • University of Technology – Sydney

Top Engineering Job Opportunities linked to PR in Australia: 

  • Electrical Engineer 
  • Civil Engineer 
  • Mechanical Engineer 
  • Chemical Engineer 
  • Aeronautical Engineer 
  • Agricultural Engineer 


Dentistry courses are always in demand in Australia. You can either opt for a Master’s in Oral Health, become an Orthodontist, or specialize in Dental Sciences in general.  

Top Universities for Dentistry in Australia: 

  • Charles Sturt University 
  • James Cook University 
  • University of Adelaide 
  • CQ University 
  • University of Queensland 

Top Dentistry Job Opportunities linked to PR in Australia: 

  • Dentist 
  • Orthodontist 
  • Dental Technician 
  • Dental Therapist  

Medical Courses

Where would mankind be without healthcare? As a species, the practice of medicine has taken us to new heights, and it continues to be vital. The same goes for nursing. The healthcare industry in Australia is highly developed, and the demand for medical professionals hasn’t dwindled. Courses range far and wide given the complexity of the body and mind. 

Top Universities for Medical Courses in Australia: 

  • University of Melbourne
  • Australian National University 
  • Deakin University 
  • The University of Sydney 
  • Monash University 

Top Medical Job Opportunities linked to PR in Australia:

  • General Physician 
  • Surgeon
  • Resident Doctor  


One of the most sought after and perennially needed job roles in the healthcare industry is nursing and the points that apply to medical courses apply to them as well. Furthermore, nursing also has really high PR prospects.

Top Universities for Nursing in Australia: 

  • University of Adelaide
  • Monash University 
  • University of Sydney
  • Griffith University

Top Nursing Job Opportunities linked to PR in Australia:

  1. Registered Nurse 
  2. Anaesthesia Nurse
  3. Nurse Practitioner


Australia has plenty of excellent banks and top firms in the world for finance, accounting, and record keeping. The demand for accountants has been rising steadily, and the field has excellent job prospects. 

Top Universities for Accounting in Australia: 

  • University of New South Wales 
  • University of Sydney 
  • Monash University 
  • Edith Cowan University 
  • University of Adelaide 

Top Accounting Job Opportunities linked to PR in Australia: 

  1. Accountants, obviously.
  2. Auditors. 
  3. Financial Managers. 
  4. Budget Analysts. 
  5. Bankers.

Culinary Courses

We’ve all seen or heard bits of MasterChef I presume? The hospitality and hotel sector in Australia is one of the most successful and dynamic sectors in the world. The demand for creative chefs is sky-high given that the cooking industry is heavily correlated to the hospitality sector.

Top Universities for Culinary Courses in Australia: 

  • Skills Australian Institute 
  • Crown College
  • Australian College of Trade
  • Melbourne Polytechnic

Top Culinary Job Opportunities linked to PR in Australia: 

  1. Chef
  2. Sous-chef
  3. Baker

Construction and Building

Architecture, civil engineering, and construction is important in most countries, and Australia is no exception. Construction and Building is an excellent way to get a PR and the subject is taught by some of the world’s best universities which are located in Australia. 

Top Universities for Construction and Building in Australia: 

  • University of Canberra
  • University of New South Wales 
  • Bond University 
  • Macquarie University 
  • Melbourne Polytechnic 

Top Construction and Building Job Opportunities linked to PR in Australia: 

  1. Architect 
  2. Building Inspector 
  3. Construction Manager 


The hospitality and hotel sector in Australia is one of the most successful and dynamic sectors in the world. With some of the world’s most beautiful tourist destinations and natural wonders, Australian coastlines and landscapes contribute significantly to its economy through tourism and hospitality. 

Top Universities for Hospitality Courses in Australia: 

  • Victoria University 
  • Murdoch University 
  • Southern Cross University 
  • The University of Queensland 
  • Edith Cowan University

Top Hospitality Opportunities linked to PR in Australia:

  1. Hotel Manager 
  2. Hospitality Manager 
  3. Tourism Manager 
  4. Restaurant Manager 
  5. Pastry Cook 
  6. Chef
  7. Hotel Support Staff 

Business Administration and Management

For a detailed guide on an MBA in Australia, click here. An MBA is one of the best ways to obtain a PR in Australia!

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Written by Saahil R Bhatt

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