If you have skills and experience in an occupation on one of the current occupation lists, you may be eligible to apply for one of several available visas. These visas are based on you being skilled in an occupation in demand and achieving a certain points score. You can be awarded points across several categories including age, English ability, educational qualifications and work experience.
Some of these visas require either State/Territory Government nomination or sponsorship by an eligible relative.
There are both skilled independent visas that provide you with an initial temporary visa that leads to a permanent pathway or a direct permanent visa.