State and Territory Nomination allocation update for Skilled and Business visas

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has advised that the States and Territories have received a very small allocation of places for both Business Migration programs and the skilled SC 491/190 nominations, until the Federal Budget is delivered on 6 October 2020.

Occupations the State and Territory Governments can approve for the SC 491/190 are strictly limited. These allocations are to be used for occupations that are critical to the COVID-19 economic recovery. The critical occupations and industry sectors are:

  • people providing critical or specialist medical services, including air ambulance, medical evacuations and delivering critical medical supplies
  • people with critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services (such as in medical technology, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, agricultural technology, food production, and the maritime industry)
  • people delivering services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery (such as financial technology, large scale manufacturing, film and television production and emerging technology), where no Australian worker is available

ACT (Canberra)

Please see here.

Tasmania

Currently there are a limited number of interim nomination places available in Tasmania, with the focus on nominations that will assist the state’s public health system and economic recovery. Further information on these places will be released shortly.

NSW

NSW is currently closed to applications for nomination under the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) and the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

NSW will open to new nominations once the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs provides us with an allocation of positions for 2020-21. Invitation rounds for NSW nomination under the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) will also commence at this time.

Queensland

The BSMQ business and skilled program remains closed.

Northern Territory

At this stage, onshore General Skilled Migration (GSM) nomination applications and all Business Investment and Innovation Program nomination applications will continue to be accepted and assessed, but no nominations can be issued until the Northern Territory has been allocated quotas. Offshore GSM nomination applications remain closed. We will update as further information becomes available.

Applicants must note that nominations are not guaranteed and the nomination application fee is non-refundable.

Western Australia

The Western Australian State Nominated Migration Program is currently suspended. WA Migration Services will not issue invitations to apply for State nomination during the suspension period.

South Australia

SA update on skilled visa nominations (1 Sept 2020)

The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs has provided a limited number of skilled and business visa nomination places to the Government of South Australia up until the Federal Budget is delivered on 6 October 2020.

Skilled migration

The state’s allocation of interim 491 and 190 visa nominations are intended to support and prioritise South Australia’s economic recovery and public health response. Prospective applicants will be able to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Department of Home Affairs SkillSelect system.

An invitation to submit an online application for state-nomination will be sent to prospective applicants with EOIs that meet Commonwealth and South Australian priorities. The Government of South Australia will publish state nomination requirements on 27 August 2020. From 31 August, South Australia will commence reviewing EOIs and sending invitations to submit an online application.

Business migration

The state’s allocation of interim 188 and 132 visa nominations are intended to support the outcomes of its Business Innovation & Investment Program:

  • High quality business owners and entrepreneurs have created genuine and sustainable business opportunities in South Australia that benefits the State’s economy, local businesses and the workforce.

The Government of South Australia will publish state nomination requirements on 27 August 2020. From 7 September, South Australia will commence reviewing Intention to Apply submissions and sending invitations to submit an online application.

Based on direction from the Department of Home Affairs, applications will be prioritised according to:

  1. High quality applications within the Business Innovation and Investment Program, with those who have already lodged an ‘Intention to Apply’ given priority consideration.
  2. Applicants critical to supporting South Australia’s response to the COVID19 pandemic, including individuals providing critical or specialist medical services, critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services; or delivering services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery.
  3. Early consideration to onshore applicants that satisfy the above criteria.

Tasmania

Applications lodged before 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 (Subclass 491 / Subclass 190)?

Migration Tasmania will email all applicants who lodged their application, offering them an opportunity to either:

  • request priority consideration on the basis that they are engaged in a critical role supporting the health system or the Tasmanian economy, or
  • withdraw their application for nomination and receive a full refund of the application fee, or
  • continue with their application in respect of a requirement to demonstrate that their nomination will lead to a genuine ongoing and meaningful contribution to Tasmania’s economic recovery.

Applicants who request their application continue to be considered for nomination will not receive a refund regardless of the outcome.

Applicants who are not employed in critical roles will not be nominated unless they can strongly demonstrate that their nomination will genuinely benefit economic recovery in Tasmania.

There is no guaranteed timeframe for an outcome and applicants in non-critical roles may not receive an outcome until October or later.

Migration Tasmania will competitively assess all existing applications in accordance with priorities established by the Department of Home Affairs.

With the very limited number of nomination places available, nomination cannot be guaranteed and only those in critical roles or able to provide the most compelling claims will be supported.

What does it mean for applications lodged after 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 (Subclass 491 / Subclass 190)?

All new applications lodged after 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 must meet the minimum requirements of their chosen nomination category and demonstrate that the applicant is critical to supporting Tasmania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

Applicants must provide a letter of support from their employer clearly explaining how their role is critical to providing medical services, the supply of essential goods and services, or delivering services in sectors critical to Tasmania’s economic recovery. If an applicant cannot show that their role is critical, it will not be supported for nomination.

This requirement will be reviewed after the Federal Budget in October when full details of the 2020-21 nomination allocations and requirements are announced by the Department of Home Affairs.

What are critical roles?

The Department of Home Affairs provides guidance on critical roles or critical skills at https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/critical-skills-and-sectors#toc-1. For Tasmania these roles include those:

  • directly assisting in Tasmania’s COVID-19 response directly engaged by Tasmanian Government
  • providing critical or specialist medical services or delivering medical supplies potentially associated with COVID-19 response. This includes all general nursing and medical positions with the Tasmanian Health Service
  • directly involved in the supply of essential goods and services (medical technology, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, agricultural technology, food production, and the maritime industry) including highly skilled and specialised roles in:
  • infrastructure engineering and maintenance such as dams, large-/high-complexity bridges, irrigation schemes, transport logistics planning and maintenance
  • agriculture such as artificial insemination technicians, wool classers, livestock pregnancy scanners
  • the supply of essential goods and services which would be in jeopardy without the applicant.

*This does not include lower level positions such as retail workers, harvest labour, delivery drivers, or warehouse staff.

  • delivering services in sectors critical to economic recovery such as financial technology, large scale manufacturing, film and television production and emerging technology which:
  • must be high-value/highly-skilled/specialised roles
  • would normally include a significant and recognised contribution to export income, significant flow-on employment and economic benefits, high-value national/ international exposure.

*This will not generally include small scale, locally-oriented operations.

In addition, Tasmania will accept new applications from people employed in:

  • health and allied health occupations, including in private and not-for-profit sectors
  • senior support workers/enrolled nurses/registered nurses in aged, disability and community care (minimum diploma qualified).

The scope of these priority areas may change as the needs of Tasmania’s economy evolves.

What is a genuine, ongoing and meaningful contribution to the Tasmanian economy?

Every nomination must be justified in terms of an applicant’s potential to contribute to economic recovery in Tasmania. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate how they meet this requirement.

Supporting claims may include:

  • employment in highly skilled, hard to fill roles
  • high value skills or experience not readily found in the local community
  • long-term high-value financial contribution to the local economy leading to additional employment outcomes for locals
  • involvement in Tasmanian business or enterprise that is significantly reliant on the applicant’s ongoing presence in Tasmania
  • a clear, plausible potential to live in Tasmania and contribute to the development of skills which are needed in Tasmania.
What does it mean for Subclass 188 and 132 visa nomination applications?

More information on interim business nomination program arrangements and priorities will be available in the near future.

Where can I find more information?

Further information about the interim program priorities and advice for applicants can be found here.

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