If you are a tradesperson or a non-degree holder thinking of applying for immigration to Australia, you should apply before the 1 July 2011 changes to Australian immigration law.
On 1 July 2011, changes to the Australian skilled immigration points system will make it much more difficult for tradespeople and those without degrees to score enough points to be eligible. The new Australian immigration points test will also favour people with good English.
Australia allows individuals to apply for a permanent residence vis based on factors such as age, qualifications, and experience in a nominated occupation. If you are successful in your application, you and your family can gain permanent residence in Australia, even without a job offer in many cases.