Following an announcement on eligible qualifications in February 2023, the Australian Government has now released the full list of all selected courses (degrees) eligible for an extended post-study ‘stay and work’ period in Australia. Extended post-study work rights are intended for international students graduating with a degree linked to workforce shortages in Australia.

The Australian Government has released the full list of selected courses eligible for an extended Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) from 1 July 2023.

The lists will be reviewed each year to respond to any changes in the Australian labour market and address any risks that emerge.

The post-study work increases

Under the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) Post-Study Work Stream, the ‘stay and work’ period for eligible graduates of listed qualifications and courses will increase, as follows:

  • Four years for Bachelor degree graduates, up from two years previously.
  • Five years for Master degree graduates, up from three years previously.
  • Six years for doctoral graduates, up from four years previously.

These extensions are in addition to the existing additional one to two years of work rights for eligible students who study, live and work in regional areas in Australia.