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Which States and Territories can nominate me?

New South Wales

New South Wales welcomes skilled and business migrants from overseas and from other states. They offer great career opportunities for professionals, businesses and investor migrants in many industries.

The regions of NSW is also open to skilled migrants. 2.6 million people live in these areas and they have individual list of occupations. They will not accept an application if the occupation is not on their list even if it is in the current MLTSSL or STSOL.. 


The Victorian government offers visa nomination to selected investor business and skilled migrants that have skill sets and experience needed to help their industries be competitive globally.

Limited nomination places are available and are only offered to highly skilled and employable applicants. They accept interstate applicants if with a job offer in Victoria. If your occupation is not on their list, they will not consider your application.


Queensland nominates particular occupations that are in demand in the area if the specialisations and work experience are met. They will not accept applications from interstate unless postgraduate alumni in QLD or been working there in an occupation included in their List. They do not consider occupations in the MLTSSL/STSOL if not also in their own list.

South Australia

The South Australian State Government nominates skilled migrants who are willing to live and work in SA and who have the skills and experience required by the state. Aside from the main list, they also have Supplementary Skilled List which the applicants can access given certain conditions and waiver. They do not accept interstate applicants.  If you have high points (currently 80pts, subject to change without notice) or have eligible family member in the State, you might be nominated.


Least explored amongst other states and territories in Australia, Tasmania offers a considerably wide range of employment opportunities for skilled migrants.

If offshore, you can only apply for a permanent visa if you have a job offer.

They offer different pathways under the provisional visa program, one of which includes being in their current list of occupations and having proficient English ability. 

Northern Territory

Australia's Northern Territory Government can nominate highly skilled professionals and tradespeople for either permanent or provisional visas.

Depending on the occupation, the applicant should have a job offer and/or proficient English ability to apply for nomination.

If interstate, you need to have lived in NT or worked in a skilled occupation for at least 6 months. Exemptions are available to certain visa holders.


Western Australia

Western Australia currently has a short list of occupations in their migration plan. The occupations are mostly in the health and medical industry. Most of them are nominated under the provisional SC489 visa only. One major requirement is that they should have an offer of employment in those occupations prior to nomination. However, in the coming months, they will be opening their doors to international students to study there and eventually obtain their state nomination.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT Government currently is not accepting overseas applicants. They only nominate Canberra residents for the permanent visa, SC190 if their nominated occupation is open on their current list.  They are currently investigating how they can manage increased demand for the skilled migration program ensuring areas with the greatest skills need are prioritised.


Lists of Occupations provided are as of September 5, 2018

These Lists and information aim to provide general guidance and direction on applying for state or territory nominations. It is derived from reliable sources and accurate at the time of publishing. However, the information is provided solely on the basis that users will be responsible for making their own assessment and that they should verify all information before they submit their application. Neither TentMA nor its representatives take any responsibility for statements or representations, nor shall any of TentMA's representatives be liable in respect of any such statement or representation, whether by reason of negligence, lack of care or for any other reason.

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