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Australia's 485 Visa Update Graduate Diplomas Now Eligible! Australia Immigration News 2024 (1)

Graduate Diplomas Now Accepted for Australia’s 485 Visa

As of 1 July 2024, the Australian Government has implemented significant changes to the subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa program. These changes, aimed at broadening opportunities for international students, include the acceptance of Graduate Diplomas for the Post-Study Work stream. This progressive shift allows more students to gain valuable post-study work experience in Australia.


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Key Changes to the 485 Visa Program

Starting 1 July 2024, the Australian Government has introduced major changes to the subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa program. Previously limited to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree holders, the Post-Study Work stream now includes Graduate Diplomas. This change marks a progressive shift, enabling more international students to qualify. Your qualification must be studied for at least two years.


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Inclusion of Graduate Diplomas for the 485 Visa

Under the new “Post-Higher Education Work stream,” graduates with a Graduate Diploma are now eligible for the 485 visa. Pathway to Australia offers several Graduate Diploma courses, such as:

  • Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
  • Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning)
  • Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership
  • Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • Graduate Diploma of Portfolio Management
  • Graduate Diploma of Agribusiness

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Age Limit Adjustments for the 485 Visa

The maximum age limit for this stream has been reduced to 35 years. Exceptions apply to Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders, who can apply until the age of 50.

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Visa Duration and Requirements for the 485 Visa

Graduate Diploma holders can stay in Australia for up to two years, the same duration as bachelor’s degree holders. This policy provides significant benefits for international students seeking post-study work experience in Australia.


These updates to the subclass 485 visa program offer expanded opportunities for international students, helping them build a successful future in Australia.

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