Employer Sponsored Workers
The most secure way to get started on the road to permanent residency is to find an employer who is willing to offer you a job. Once employed, you need to work for that same company for two straight years and stay out of any kind of legal trouble. Fulfill those requirements and you will be eligible to apply for permanent residency.
Note that this pathway only works for approved skills and your employer must be able to demonstrate to the government that no Australian could be found for the position. That’s the part that gets tricky. However, if you are in a career that’s highly skilled and has a shortage in Australia, such as medical professionals, you may be able to go straight to a permanent residence visa.