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State & Territory Nominations Latest updates for 190 and 491 visas - VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT, QLD and SA

State & Territory Nominations Latest updates for 190 and 491 visas - VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT, QLD and SA



Australia's current allocations of places for skilled migration and business visa nominations. 



Victoria State Nomination Update



Victoria Will Close Business Nominations on 31 May 2021

The Victorian Government’s Skilled and Business Migration program will not be accepting new nomination applications for the subclass 188 visa after 5pm (AEST) Monday 31 May 2021.

This will ensure that the Victorian Government can assess all subclass 188 nomination applications submitted before the Department of Home Affairs makes changes to the Business Innovation and Investor Visa requirements on 1 July 2021. 

Victoria Skilled Migration - 491 visa and 190 visa

Victoria opened its Skilled visa nomination program on 5th January 2021 for Subclass 491 and Subclass 190 visas.

To be considered for selection for Subclass 491 you must:

  • already be living in Victoria
  • already be working in Victoria - Minimum 3 months employment 
  • Be working in highly skilled occupation in health, medical research, life sciences, agri-food or digital sectors

To be considered for selection for Subclass 190 you must:

  • already be living in Victoria
  • already be working in Victoria - Minimum 6 months employment 
  • Be working in highly skilled occupation in health, medical research or life sciences

2020-21 Skilled Migration Visa Nomination Program - Live in Melbourne

At present Victoria has opened State nominations for onshore applicants only. 


New South Wales Nominations


NSW is closing its state nominations for Business visa Subclass 188 from 31st May 2021. Anyone interested to apply must apply before this date!

The NSW government announced they received final nomination allocation for FY21-22 from the Department of Home Affairs in February 2021.

190 visa nominations

Invitation rounds for subclass 190 visa nomination are still ongoing. In line with Home Affairs' direction, NSW will only invite applicants currently in selected health, ICT and engineering occupations, and who currently reside in NSW.

NSW is currently working from reduced skilled occupation lists at Home Affairs' direction. The occupations NSW is currently nominating for the subclass 190 and subclass 491 visas can be found below. These lists are subject to change without notice: 
  • 133211 Engineering Manager
  • 134211 Medical Administrator
  • 134212 Nursing Clinical Director
  • 134214 Welfare Centre Manager
  • 233911 Aeronautical Engineer
  • 233913 Biomedical Engineer
  • 233916 Naval Architect
  • 233999 Engineering Professionals nec
  • 254411 Nurse Practitioner
  • 254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • 254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
  • 254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  • 254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • 254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
  • 254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • 254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  • 254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • 254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • 254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)
  • 254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatric)
  • 254499 Registered Nurses nec
  • 261111 ICT business Analyst
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  • 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • 312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
  • 312312 Electrical Engineering Technician
  • 312999 Building and Engineering Technicians nec
 491 visa nominations

Invitation rounds for subclass 491 visa nomination are still ongoing. In line with Home Affairs' direction, NSW will only invite applicants currently mentioned in the NSW skilled occupation list for the 491 visa, and who currently reside in NSW. 

NSW has extended their list for 491 visas and have included occupations like:

  • 141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager
  • 241111 Early Childhood Teacher
  • 251513 Retail Pharmacist
  • 252411 Occupational Therapist
  • 252511 Physiotherapist
  • 272311 Clinical Psychologist
  • 272399 Psychologists nec
  • 272511 Social Worker
  • 272613 Welfare Worker
  • 321111 Automotive Electrician
  • 321211 Motor Mechanic (General)
  • 321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • 322313 Welder (First Class)
  • 323213 Fitter-Welder
  • 331212 Carpenter
  • 331213 Joiner
  • 334111 Plumber (General)
  • 341111 Electrician (General)
  • 351111 Baker
  • 351112 Pastrycook
  • 351311 Chef
  • 351411 Cook
  • 394111 Cabinetmaker
  • 252912 Speech pathologist
  • 133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing)
  • 141311 Hotel or Motel Manager
  • 221111 Accountant (General)
  • 221213 External Auditor
  • 234711 Veterinarian
  • 331111 Bricklayer
  • 331112 Stonemason
  • 333411 Wall and Floor Tiler
  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  • 322311 Metal Fabricator
  • 361112 Horse Trainer
  • 134111 Child Care Centre Manager
  • 132311 Human Resource Manager
  • And many more

Please find the occupations for NSW 491 on the New South Wales Government's website.


Regional Development Australia (RDA) offices is now assisting the NSW Treasury to manage the subclass 491 visa nominations.

On 17 November 2020, NSW has announced new Subclass 491 state nomination requirements for the remainder of the financial year. Changes include adding Regional Development Australia (RDA) offices to assist NSW treasury with NSW Subclass 491 nominating applications & three streams to get NSW nomination (1.Living and working in regional NSW; 2. Recently completed study in regional NSW; 3. Living and working outside of regional NSW) 

If you want to know more about NSW 491 visa nomination criteria, please find out in our recent blog: 
NSW announced updated 491 state nomination requirements/ Including new opportunities for offshore 


South Australia State Nomination is Open 


Business visa program 

The 132 Business Talent Visa was completed on 26th April 2021. Nominations for 188 Visas are still open.

Move to SA has opened State nominations are still open for Subclass 491 and 190 at: Skilled Migrants - Nomination Options | Move to South Australia (

South Australia's skilled occupation list as updated on 5th February 2021 can be found here: South Australia's Skilled Occupation List | Move to South Australia (

Every occupation in the occupation list has particular requirements as provided in the list itself.

Read more at:

South Australia continues processing 190/491 & Business visa EOI - NEW SA occupation lists & criteria in late November 2020



Australian Capital Territory State Nomination Pending for Final Allocations 


The next Canberra Matrix invitation round was held on 11 May.

Applicants will be eligible only if you are Canberra residents and your occupations are on the ACT Critical Skills List.  The updated list is available at: ACT Critical Skills List - Migrating - Canberra - Create your future (

To be eligible for a Subclass 190 visa, you will need to be working in ACT full-time for at least 26 weeks.

To be eligible for a Subclass 491 visa, you will need to be working in ACT part-time for at least 13 weeks.

Latest round State Nomination round in ACT: 


  • Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa - 598 places
  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa - 802 places


  • Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa - 533 places
  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa - 508 places

INVITATION ROUND: 11 May 2021  - Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations:

  • 190 nomination: 50 invitations
  • 491 nomination: 109 Invitations

ACT Critical Skills List

ACT has removed a few occupations from its list, e.g. Architect, Landscape Architect, Interpreter, Translator, Social Professionals nec, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, etc. 

32 new occupations are on the list, including a number of popular occupations, e.g. Chef, Advertising Manager, Cafe or Restaurant Manager, etc.

Caps will also be placed to all occupations each month, from 5 places to 40 places. ICT professionals have the most places, followed by construction project managers and medical and health professionals. 

ACT nominations are currently closed for offshore applicants.


Tasmania State Nomination Remain Open 

Tasmania skilled migration state nomination program for Subclass 491 and 190 visas opened on 29 January 2021.

Tasmania’s nomination quota for the 2020–21 program year is:

  • Subclass 491 – 1400 places
  • Subclass 190 – 1000 places
  • Business migration – 45 places

Approximately 60% of total skilled visa (subclass 491 and 190) nomination places have been used.

Approximately 75% of subclass 491 places have been used.

Nomination will be prioritized as follows:

  1. Critical employment - health, allied health, technology, infrastructure, engineering, technology. Must have relevant skills assessment.
  2. TSOL related employment and skills assessment.
  3. Other skilled employment (ANZSCO 1-3) with related skills assessment/business owners employing locals.
  4. All other eligible candidates, depending upon likely contribution to economy.

Subclass 491 nomination requirements for onshore applicants (IN TASMANIA):SUBCLASS 491 NOMINATIONS

Subclass 491 nomination requirements for onshore applicants (SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS IN TASMANIA):

  • Demonstrate establishment and operation of business in Tasmania for atleast 6 months
  • Provide a comprehensive business plan 

Subclass 491 nomination requirements for onshore applicants (OUTSIDE TASMANIA):

Subclass 491 nomination requirements for offshore applicants - BY INVITATION ONLY:

Subclass 491 nomination requirements for offshore applicants - WITH JOB OFFER:


Subclass 190 nomination requirements for onshore applicants (IN TASMANIA):

Business visa nominations for Subclass 188/888 and Subclass 132 are now closed.

Tasmania might consider ‘high calibre’ 491 nomination applicants for 190 nomination. 

You can read the current TSOL on Migration Tasmania's website.


Northern Territory State Nomination Update 

Northern Territory State Nomination Changes

Northern Territory government has announced they have received final nomination allocation for FY20-21 from the Department of Home Affairs. They have started issuing state nomination to those successful nomination applicants who submited their EOI before 01 December  2020. 

NT has opened 491 and 190  nominations for onshore applicants.

Here is the updated NT Nomination list as on 5th February 2021 Northern Territory Migration Occupation List | Australia's Northern Territory (

Offshore applications are still closed.


Queensland State Nominations

BSMQ Skilled program was open from 19 April to 25 April 2021 for 491 visa. 

Queensland State nomination for 491 visa:

  • Only onshore applicants will be considered
  • open to COVID critical skill or sectors as outlined by the Department of Home Affairs 
  • should have been working for a minimum of 3 months in a regional location in Queensland
  • have a job offer for an additional 12 Months from your employer 

The Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) remains CLOSED and will not re-open in before July 2021 as quota will be filled with the current pipeline. The subclass 190 will re-open in the next financial year once new nomination allocation has been received by the Department of Home Affairs.


Western Australia State Nomination

WA is open for state nominations for Subclass 491 and Subclass 190 visas.

General Stream 

  • Occupation in WASMOL (western Australia Skilled migration occupation list)
  • Have full time employment contract for 12 months

Graduate Stream

  • Occupation on GOL (Graduate occupation list)
  • Have completed CERT III or higher education in WA

read more:

If you live outside of Western Australia, you must have sufficient funds to cover the settlement costs and living expenses for at least three months. 

The minimum amount of funds required is:

  • $20,000 (AUD) – for single person;
  • $30,000 (AUD) for a couple; 
  • $5,000 (AUD) – for each additional applicant.

You will be required to provide evidences of funds for eg. bank statements or asset valuations.

You can see the WA Skill occupation list at the Living in Western Australia website.

Applicants nominating an occupation that is 'Regional WA only' should provide evidence of job offer in post codes 6041 to 6044, 6084, 6207, 6213, 6215 to 6537, and 6560 to 6770 only. Perth and Mandurah are not considered under regional areas.




Wendy Guan, Registered Migration Agent, Work Visa Lawyers


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