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

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

Victoria State Nomination update 8 September 2020

Victoria Business Nomination OPEN 8 September 2020 - 188 visa and 132 visa

Victoria has reopened its 2020-2021 nomination for 188 visa and 132 visa on 8 September 2020.

All applications must meet new criteria and be submitted before 21 September 2020 at 5 pm AEST, giving only 2 weeks to apply!

This comes soon after Victoria announcing on Sunday that the lockdown will be extended by at least further two weeks, until 28 September.

The new criteria required that the planned activitiy (business and/or investment) must promote economic and health recovery from the pandemic.

There is a new form for expressing your interest.
This requires details including:
  • Acceptance of the new requirements
  • Explanation of what your contribution to the recovery will be (200 words or less) in either:
    • Business activity
    • Investment activity

This is according to news published by Live in Melbourne. We expect further information following the Federal Budget around 6 October 2020.

Victoria Skilled Migration - 491 visa and 190 visa

Victoria had indicated it would reopen its 2020-2021 nomination for 491 visa and 190 visa soon.

It will only select applicants to apply for Victorian visa nomination if their Registration of Interest demonstrates they are working in health or medical research and contributing to Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response.  

To be considered for Victorian visa nomination, you must submit a Registration of Interest for Victorian State Visa Nomination.  Applicants who register their interest may then be selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination.  

To be eligible to submit your Registration of Interest (ROI) for Victorian visa nomination (subclass 190 and 491) you must

  • be currently living in Victoria, and
  • be currently employed in Victoria (minimum six months), and
  • work in a highly-skilled occupation in health or medical research, which supports Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response

VIC will then select the best candidates to apply for Victorian visa nomination.

We are expecting a further update from Live in Melbourne following 6 October 2020.

New South Wales Nomination 2020-21 Financial Year Update

190 visa nominations

Invitation rounds will commence shortly for subclass 190 visa nomination. 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.

491 visa nominations

491 visa nomination is currently closed. NSW Government has been provided a limited number of interim nomination places for the 2020–21 financial year.

These places will be filled by applications held on-hand from the 2019-20 financial year, who have:
  • maintained their eligibility, specifically regional NSW residency, and
  • whose occupations are in health, ICT and engineering occupations, in line with direction from Home Affairs.

South Australia State Nomination Reopen from 31 August 2020

Immigration South Australia (now called 'Move to South Australia') have confirmed that they will be using their interim allocation of nominations for the Subclass 491 visa and Subclass 190 visa to prioritise economic recovery and public health efforts in South Australia.

Priorities are being given to:


  • High quality applications within the Business Innovation and Investment Program, with those who have already lodged an ‘Intention to Apply’ given priority consideration.
  • Applicants critical to supporting South Australia’s response to the COVID-19 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.
  • Early consideration to onshore applicants that satisfy the above criteria.


The process will involve reviewing Expressions of Interest in the Department of Home Affairs' SkillSelect system. They will then invite certain applicants to apply for state nomination. This is expected to begin from 31 August 2020.

More details about South Australia's new nomination process and state nomination requirements are available here.

Move to South Australia Update

South Australia has released information about its new nomination procedure and change of name from "Immigration SA" to "Move to South Australia".

Read more here:

Australian Capital Territory State Nomination Open from 20 August 2020

ACT has opened Canberra Matrix for financial year 2020 – 2021, and held the first invitation round on 20 August 2020. 

Applicants will be eligible only if you are Canberra residents and your occupations are on the ACT Critical Skills List (available at

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.


ACT Critical Skills List

ACT has removed a few occupations from its list, e.g. Electronic Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Communication Engineer and Web Designer, etc. 

Caps will also be placed to all occupations each month, from 5 places to 20 places. ICT professionals have the most places, followed by construction project managers and medical and health professionals. 


Tasmania State Nomination Changes from 25 August 2020

Tasmania has announced the new criteria for interim visa nomination allocations and priorities. Applicants currently working in critical roles will be considered first. 

What are the critical roles?

  • 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 to do in your application for Tasmania state nomination?

Other than meeting the minimum requirements for the chosen nomination category, applicants need to demonstrate that they are 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. 

Updates of other states

QLD remains closed but will have further updates in the coming weeks.

WA remains closed.


At Work Visa Lawyers, we are always doing our best to be up to date with developments.  Being active members of the MIA, the peak professional body for RMAs and Immigration Lawyers, the Law Society of South Australia, the Law Council of Australia, the Australia China Business Association (ACBC) and Business SA, is part of our commitment in staying informed with the latest in Australian immigration.

We welcome any emails with news in relation to migration policy at state/territory or federal levels and look forward to sharing such information.  

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