What does a skilled visa entitle me to?
If your application is successful, you will be granted permanent residency in Australia. As a permanent resident, you have the right to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely.
You will receive immediate entitlement to public healthcare, administered through a Government scheme called Medicare. Children aged 6-18 will be eligible to attend public (government-funded) schools in Australia.
There is a two year waiting period before you are entitled to receive social security payments, including sickness and unemployment benefits.
Generally, permanent residents can work for any employer in any occupation. However, employment in the Australian Public Service or Defence Force is usually restricted to Australian citizens.
After living in Australia for at least two years as a permanent resident, you may decide to apply for Australian citizenship, or you can continue to retain your current citizenship. As an Australian citizen, you can vote in Federal, State or local government elections or stand for election as a candidate in these elections.