It is Possible to Emigrate to Australia in Your Early 40s (conditions apply)

Chanced upon your blog. Seriously considering migrating. At cross roads. I m in my early 40s. I practically have not much cash left every month due to inflation, stagnant wages. moreover, I made a career switch only 2 years ago after going through professional upgrading and training. I m currently a social worker in end of life care setting. Not sure would it be advisable to make a trip to an immigration agency? I have gotten advice such as go and do a phd and stay on to work.. not sure how feasible it is… hope to hear from you when you have time. I will put aside time to read your blog entries, curious to know why you “quit’ the little red dot. I have my reasons too, perhaps reserve for another time 😊 good nite!


Hi D*

I set up this blog primarily for my family and a few close friends so that they can be updated of my early days of settling down. I didn't expect a personal blog like that will be shared to the public. It was annoying at first but I continue to jot down my experience here so that a minority of visitors who shared (at least some of) my views can live vivaciously through my eyes before plunging into the deeps like I did. 

I know it doesn't do anyone good actually. Like everyone else, I have my own set of expectations in life that will inevitably lead to viewing a place like Perth differently to other Singaporeans with different values of their own. So, the reason why I chose to leave Singapore is not important anymore. What matters is your reason for choosing to leave or stay.

The feasibility of your the advice you've gotten can only be studied if you provide me details of your situation. With the current system, the Australian immigration is offering  15 points for applicants between 40-44 years old at the point of application. There will be no more points offered for age after 44 years old. Thus, if you are unable to finish your PHD in time, it will be a detrimental to your chances of being a permanent resident. The remaining chance will be getting employed upon graduation and getting their PR through an employer's sponsorship. (read up on Subclass 186) That is a risk you will have to take. If you want my honest opinion, I'd say this plan is workable but not feasible.

What I'd look into instead, is your current situation. Unfortunately, you did not provide me any information of it at all for me to do a simple evaluation on. I'll show you how to do an estimation on your own. First, read this post through [link] and bookmark this page [link]. Open up the points system table and read through how the immigration award points. That section will look at the screenshot below:

So how do you do an estimation? Take for example, if you apply today, this is how your points accumulation will look like

You will be given less points based on your age. Ageism sucks but #hardtruth.

Your English competency is your best bet of getting maximum points out of all categories.

Since your nominated occupation (social worker) is on the SOL, you will be getting 5 points for 2 years of working experience. 

If you have a degree related to social work that is recognised by Australia, you should be eligible for 15 points but I very much doubt so, since you mentioned you made a career switch. If your upgrading certification (lower than degree) is recognised by Australia, you will be eligible for 10 points. So in summary

40-44 years old - 15 points
Working experience - 5 points
English competency - 20 points (you must get the highest bar)
Certification - 10 points
Total              50 points (you are screwed)

Your best bet is to look at remainder of the points systems and see if you may be able to squeeze out another 10 points somewhere. Take for instance, if your partner has skills on the SOL, you will get 5 points for that and if you obtain a state sponsorship (an agreement to live and work in that state that sponsors you) you get your last 5 points to make up that final 60 points. 

Another 5 points can be obtained if you take up a diploma in Australia for at least 2 years. If you are 42 this year, this option will not be possible because you have to practically leave right now otherwise you will your 15 points by the time you complete your course.

I have spoonfed you like a loving nanny. Really, I should set up a donation account so that anyone who wants to buy me a beer can do so. Anyway, looking at your situation, my final advice is that if you are serious in doing this, you have absolute no time to lose and have to turn this window shopping pace to an amazing race pace.


  1. Why are you giving hope Nix when there is none?

    Let me tell you plainly D, that you can forget about migrating based on professional working grounds. You are too old, and therefore you are screwed based on the points system. You also have no cash. Double penetration boo ya!

    So just bend over and take it from the government. In all likelihood you have voted for the white panties, even though you'll rant and rave that you did no such thing and it was because of all the new citizens that they got the 69% mandate. But the maths don't add up, and therefore Occam's razor applies.

    HOWEVER, there are 2 ways you can migrate, even if you are in your 90s. Seek political asylum, or through marriage.

    So the question is - how badly do you want to migrate? If it is bad enough you will find a way, no ifs or buts.

    1. Oh, migrating won't solve all your problems.

    2. Agree that as a social worker in Oz, it is quite likely you ill be tied to government related employment, which is not that great if money is part of the reason why you are leaving SG.

  2. thanks for the details, very useful to know the available options. perhaps D can consider a more temporal move as opposed to a permanent one like migration, or other countries. don't narrow your choices when there are more out there... this is coming from someone who is contemplating future retirement plans outside SG too.

    1. Don't have to contemplate - Mr Khaw will make sure you are in a JB rest home for retirement.

      The PAP does plan everything swee swee, it's no wonder they got such a strong mandate!

  3. Australians alśo looking at MY to retire

    1. Yup.

      The grass is always greener on the other side D, so please stay where you are. When in a bad state, go seek your MPs' help because that's what they're paid to do!

    2. No, most MPs are paid to listen to their electorate whinging, solve some simple problems like write some letter with words of support, and the rest they say sorry you have to go and see a lawyer or talk to some in charge person, but it is a civil matter so they don't get involved etc

    3. Shocking!

      But D has gotten the MP she/he voted for, so all is good. The MP sure won't chut pattern! HENG AH!

  4. Okie u already got a beer on me :) or do u prefer chow.

  5. I came to OZ before 40! HENG AH!

  6. D* has taken the Red Pill, woken up from the Matrix, so the least we can do is guide him/her out right? Whether he/she manage to board an Oz hovercraft is another matter.
    The regional migration visa 489 gives 10pts. Adelaide and Darwin(?) are capital cities that are also regional. D* should count the no. of MONTHS left & try. At least in Oz you shd be able to afford a Goldilocks, or if in Darwin, hitch rides on Satki. Yoda's satki Vios.