State requirements for the new 491 visa

Below is a summary of the state opening dates for the 491 visa and further detailed information.

Victoria 491 visa criteria

Every application for Victoria visa nomination is assessed individually with a focus on your ability to address a number of assessment criteria, including:

  • Your ability to meet the minimum eligibility criteria;
  • The demand for your skills and expertise in a designated regional area of Victoria;
  • Whether the job offer you provide is for a position located in a designated regional area of Victoria;
  • The suitability and transferability of your qualifications, skills and experience – including any specialist capabilities – to Victoria’s labour market; and
  • Your ability and commitment to establishing yourself and any dependents in a designated regional area of Victoria, with a view to long term settlement in that area.

Occupations list

To check if your occupation is eligible for the subclass 491 visa, please see here.

Offer of employment

All applicants who wish to apply for Victorian nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa must provide evidence of a current offer of employment in a position located in a designated regional area of Victoria (as defined by the Department of Home Affairs). The employment offer must be in your nominated occupation and must be for a full-time work for a period of at least 12 months. The business must be actively operating for at least two years in the designated regional area of Victoria.

ACT 491 nomination criteria:

The ACT is defined as regional for skilled migration purpose from 16 November 2019.  While potential applicants can complete the Home Affairs Skillselect EOI from this date, the 491 Canberra Matrix can only be submitted from 1 January 2020.

ACT 190 NOMINATION:

The 2019 eligibility criteria will apply to all 190 Matrix submitted on or before 31 December 2019.
The 2020 eligibility criteria will apply to all 190 Matrix submitted on or after 1 January 2020.

2020 Nomination criteria:

Canberra Resident

  • You must be working for an ACT employer in Canberra for at least 3 months before the date of Matrix submission
  • Work requirements:
    • Minimum 20 hours per week
    • Paid employment
    • The employer must be operating in the ACT for at least one year.
    • You may be self-employed. If you are self-employed you must have at least 12 months ACT business activity at date of Matrix submission. Your taxable income must be at least $500 pw for each week of the employment claimed.

Overseas Applicant

  • English – Proficient or Superior
  • Your skills and at least 12 months continuous experience (within the last three years) in the nominated occupation must be relevant to the ACT economy (primarily knowledge-based)

Demonstrate employability in Canberra by providing evidence of research into sufficient ACT employment opportunity in your nominated occupation.

WA State nomination under the new 491 visa

From 16 November 2019 the new 491 visa will be an available option in SkillSelect and new EOIs can be lodged.

During the November 2019 invitation round, WA Migration Services will commence issuing invitations to eligible EOIs under a 491 visa . Invitations are anticipated to be issued by 21 November 2019.

Please see occupations list here.

Nomination Criteria

  1. General Stream
  2. Graduate Stream

Overview of stream requirements

​General stream ​Graduate stream
​Meet Department of Home Affairs eligibility requirements for the intended visa subclass ​Y ​Y
​Nominated occupation is available on the relevant list Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) Graduate occupation list (GOL)
​Meet minimum English requirements for the nominated occupation ​Y ​Y
Work experience ​A least one year Australian or three years overseas work experience in nominated (or closely related) occupation At least six months paid Australian work experience in nominated (or closely related) occupation.

OR

​​Full time employment contract in Western Australia for a minimum of six months in the nominated (or closely related) occupation.

​Contract of employment* ​Full time employment contract in Western Australia for a minimum of 12 months in the nominated (or closely related) occupation.
Have an Certificate III or above qualification from an accredited Western Australian educational institution N Y
​Meet the two years Western Australian study requirement ​N ​Y
​Demonstrate sufficient settlement funds ​Only if you are not currently living in Western Australia ​Only if you are not currently living in Western Australia

NT 491 nomination criteria

  • Generally, must be living and working in NT in an eligible occupation for at least 6 months
  • You must provide strong evidence of good employment prospects in the NT either in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.
  • You can show you have good employment prospects by providing:
    • an offer of employment letter from an NT employer
    • a statement describing how your skills and experience meet NT employer needs
    • evidence that your occupation has been advertised in the NT multiple times and an explanation of how your qualifications and experience match the job vacancy
    • evidence of feedback from potential NT employers.

Overseas applicant- currently closed due to COVID-19 situation

  • verifiable evidence of full-time employment in your nominated occupation for at least 12 months out of the last 24 months or evidence that you have Australian qualifications.
  • evidence that you have done detailed research into living and working in the NT to show that you have a realistic knowledge of the NT including climate, relocation costs and living expenses – parts of websites copied and pasted into your submission are not accepted.

Not NT graduate or NT resident

You must show financial capacity to settle in NT.

QLD 491 nomination criteria

Queensland skilled program is now open.

To be eligible for Queensland nomination, you must meet both the Australian Department of Home Affairs (HA)  criteria and Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) criteria for your chosen visa category. The occcupation list can be seen here.

BSMQ criteria requires you to:
  • have an occupation on the QSOL ‘Working in Queensland’ list (onshore list)
  • have prior business experience or qualifications to successfully run the business
  • be on a visa that allows full-time work and operation of the business for a minimum of 35 hours per week
  • have purchased an existing business in regional Queensland (Note: not available for start-ups or home-based businesses)
  • paid at least $100,000 for the business
  • have full ownership of the business (partnerships or joint ventures not eligible)
  • be trading in the business for 6 months prior to application
  • employ one employee who is an Australian resident working a minimum of 20 hours per week

Offshore- currently closed due to COVID-19 situation

BSMQ criteria requires you to:

  • have an occupation on the QSOL ‘Offshore’ list
  • provide evidence that you have a minimum of 2 years post-qualification work experience in your nominated occupation. More experience may be required for certain occupations.
  • commit to living and working in Queensland from the date that you arrive in Queensland to live permanently.

The 491 Small Business Owners (SBO) Pathway is now OPEN:

This option can be used to reward small business owners in regional Queensland for investing in the local business community and provides employment opportunities for local residents.

NSW 491 nomination criteria

  • I’m living and working in regional NSW
  • I’m offshore
  • I’ve recently completed study in regional NSW
Your situation Requirements
I’m living and working in regional NSW 1.  Your nominated occupation is on the NSW Stream 1 Regional Skilled Occupation List

and;

2.  You have been working in a designated regional area in NSW in your nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation*, for at least the last 12 months

and;

3.  You have been living in a designated regional area in NSW, for at least the last 12 months.

I’m offshore (outside of Australia) 1.  Your nominated occupation is on the NSW Stream 2 Regional Skilled Occupation List

and;

2.  You are residing outside Australia, and;

a)  You have an offer for ongoing employment in a designated regional area in NSW, from an employer who is registered in Australia, and;

  • the offer of employment is in your nominated, or a closely related occupation*, and;
  • the offer of employment is for a minimum of 12 months and for 35 hours per week.

or;

b)  You have at least five years of skilled employment in your nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation*

or;

c)  You have an immediate family member living in a designated regional area in NSW.

I’ve recently completed study in regional NSW 1.  Your nominated occupation is on the NSW Stream 2 Regional Skilled Occupation List

and;

2.  You have completed study at an education provider, or education providers, located in a designated regional area in NSW, and;

  • the study was continuous and meets the Australian study requirement, and;
  • you have lived in a designated regional area in NSW while completing this study, and;
  • the study was completed within the last 12 months, and;
  • the qualification from your study has been assessed as closely related to your nominated occupation* by the relevant assessing authority.
*an occupation within the same Australian Bureau of Statistics ANZSCO Unit Group.

TAS 491 nomination criteria

Category 1 – Tasmanian graduate

To be considered for this category, you must meet all of the following criteria.

  • you must have completed and graduated from a CRICOS registered tertiary institution in Tasmania. The course undertaken:
    • must be a degree (bachelor or any higher degree), a diploma (standard, advanced, associate or graduate) or a trade qualification (minimum Cert III level for a skilled occupation in Major Group 3 in ANZSCO)
    • must have a minimum duration of one academic year (40 weeks)
    • must be full time and on site in Tasmania
  • you have lived in the state for at least 1 year during your period of study
  • you and your dependents are currently living in Tasmania and can provide evidence of your ongoing genuine commitment.

IMPORTANT: If your study has been in an area that is not related to an occupation on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List, you need to explain your CAREER PLAN and how your studies have increased your ability to find skilled work in Tasmania. This may include areas unrelated to your Tasmanian study.

**Please also note: Acceptable courses of study include courses above Certificate 3 studied with a CRICOS registered tertiary institution in Tasmania and meet the specific requirements for state nomination categories.

  • All courses must be completed full time and on campus
  • Study duration must be at least one academic year for the subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa. For the subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa , your study must meet the Australian study requirement
  • Graduate Diploma courses are considered eligible
  • Graduate Certificate courses are not eligible
  • Certificate 3 and 4 study must be related to a trade qualification (minimum Cert III level for a skilled occupation in Major Group 3 in ANZSCO) occupation.
    This group includes:

    • Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians
    • Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers
    • Construction Trades Workers
    • Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers
    • Food Trades Workers
    • Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers
    • Other Technicians and Trades Workers

** Childcare, Aged Care and Community Care related courses must be at least a Diploma level. However, we will accept Certificate III Early Childcare course if you commenced your course before 1 January 2020.


Category 2 – Working in Tasmania

*If you are looking for employment opportunities in Tasmania, please refer to the comprehensive resources on the Make It Tasmania website.

To be considered for this category, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • you must have been working in Tasmania for six months immediately prior to your application for state nomination. You do not have to be working in your nominated occupation. Your employment needs to:
    • be at least 35 hours per week in one full-time job or in two or more part-time jobs and you are able to provide evidence of your employment claims (see Document Checklist – Employment for more details)
    • fill a genuine, ongoing skill shortage in Tasmania
  • you and your dependents must currently be living in Tasmania and can provide evidence of genuine commitment to continue to live in Tasmania (please refer to disclaimer at the bottom of this page for indicators as to how to meet this requirement)
  • your employer must have a well-established business that has been actively operating in Tasmania for the past 12 months
  • there must be a genuine need for your position within the business.

If your employment is for a position at ANZSCO skill level 4 or 5, your employer must also provide evidence that no local person was able to fill the position (see ‘Document Checklist – Employment’ for evidence your employer would have to provide that you would need to submit together with your application for state nomination).

Please note that internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for the purpose of this category.

Sole traders/subcontractors may be eligible for nomination under Category 5 – Small Business Owner.

* There are areas of non-skill shortage in Tasmania that are not supported for visa state nomination under the ‘Working in Tasmania’ category. This includes employment relating to:

  • supermarkets
  • service stations
  • limited service restaurants** (cooks, chefs and café / restaurant managers)
  • massage clinics
  • taxi/uber driving

**A limited service restaurant includes the following:

  • fast food or takeaway food services
  • fast casual restaurants
  • drinking establishments that offer only a limited food service
  • limited service cafes including, but not limited to, coffee shops or mall cafes
  • limited service pizza restaurants.

OR


Category 3A – Overseas applicant (TSOL) – currently closed due to COVID-19 situation

*If you are looking for employment opportunities in Tasmania, please refer to the comprehensive resources for on the Make It Tasmania website.

To be considered for this category, you must be living overseas and meet all of the following criteria:

  • your nominated occupation must be listed on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List (TSOL)
  • you, or any of your dependants have not lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months
  • you have achieved the English requirement specified in the TSOL for your nominated occupation in a recognised English language test or hold a passport of the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada or New Zealand
  • you meet the requirements specified in the TSOL for your nominated occupation
  • you have researched the Tasmanian labour market and, unless your occupation is listed as “High Demand” in the TSOL, provide evidence that there are sufficient employment opportunities (at least five and not more than eight opportunities) in your nominated occupation in Tasmania and that you have:
    • skills and recent experience relevant to the researched employment opportunities
    • skills and experience relevant to the Tasmanian economy (see Document Checklist – Employability for more guidance),
  • if your occupation is listed as “High Demand” and you meet the specified requirements, employability evidence is not required
  • you have access to sufficient financial assets to fund your migration and settlement in Tasmania for at least 6 months while you seek employment.

OR


Category 3B – Overseas applicant (Job offer)

*If you are looking for employment opportunities in Tasmania, please refer to the comprehensive resources for on the Make It Tasmania website.

To be considered for this category, you must be living overseas and meet all of the following criteria.

  • have received a formal job offer for a job that is based in Tasmania that is in your nominated occupation
  • you, or any of your dependents have not have lived in another Australian state or territory within the last 12 months
  • your employer must have a well-established business that has been actively operating in Tasmania for the past 12 months
  • there needs to be a genuine need for your position within the business. This may be satisfied if there is:
    • an existing, current and genuine need for your position within the business
    • an ongoing need for your position and the capacity for the business to sustain the nominated position

OR


Category 4 – Family in Tasmania

To be considered for this category you must have an IMMEDIATE family member who meets all of the following criteria:

  • has been an Australian Permanent Resident or an Australian Citizen for a minimum of 12 months prior to the lodgement of your application
  • is currently residing in Tasmania and has been for a minimum of 12 months
  • is a parent, brother, sister, child, aunt, uncle, or grandparent
  • agrees to support and assist you in the process of gaining employment in Tasmania upon your arrival in Tasmania

Please note: relationships by marriage, such as sister or brother in law, are not acceptable for this category. You (the applicant) must hold the direct relationship with the sponsoring family member.

OR


Category 5 – Small Business Owner

To be considered for this category, you must be living in Tasmania at the time of lodgement of your application and meet the following criteria:

  • demonstrate that your business has been established and operating in Tasmania for at least 6 months
  • demonstrate that the business is highly likely able to give you a personal income that would meet the minimum taxable income requirement set by Home Affairs for the subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa. Currently, that is AU$53,900 per year for at least 3 years in the next 5 years.

All applicants must provide a comprehensive business plan with:

  • evidence of thorough research into, and understanding of, the target market
  • research and understanding of relevant industry conditions, licensing and/or registration requirements for the business in Tasmania
  • realistic market opportunities for the proposed business in Tasmania, particularly where the business would be competing with other similar existing businesses already established in Tasmania.

Additional considerations include the applicant’s prior business ownership or business management experience and also the nature of the business and its long-term benefit to Tasmania.

SA 491 nomination criteria

Skilled workers and international graduates of South Australia seeking nomination must meet both state nomination and Department of Home Affairs requirements.

State nomination requirements include:

  1. Commitment to South Australia – You need to commit to living and working in South Australia for two years from when you arrive, with a view to long-term settlement
  2. Age – under 45 years at the time of nomination
  3. Occupation – this must be listed on the State Nominated Occupation List as available.  Access to a supplementary occupation list and ‘special conditions apply’ occupations are available in some circumstances.
  4. Skills Assessment – a positive General Skilled Migration skills assessment from the relevant authority
  5. Work experience – at least one year of skilled work experience in the last three years. Some occupations have a higher work experience requirement. If you are an international graduate of South Australia, you may be able to access a work experience waiver
  6. English – ability to meet Immigration SA’s minimum English language requirement for your occupation.  If you are a passport holder or citizen of the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand, you don’t need to provide an English test result
  7. Financial capacity – sufficient funds to settle in South Australia
  8. SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI) – you need to have an EOI which meets the Department of Home Affairs criteria and Immigration SA nomination requirements.

Occupations List

State nominated – See here

Supplementary Skilled list – See here

Currently closed to overseas applicants due to COVID-19 situation