"Post-study work rights for graduates with degrees that teach sought-after skills will be increased by two years in an attempt to tackle Australia’s labour shortages.

This means that graduates with select bachelor’s degrees will be able to stay in the country for four years, those with master’s degrees eligible for five years, and those with PhDs for six.

It is yet to be announced which degree programs will be permitted for the extended visas, but the country is currently struggling to fill vacancies in sectors including nursing, engineering and technology.

A working group will be established to advise on which courses will be eligible and the group will report to the government before the end of October. "