The Australian government has made an agreement with State and Territory governments which benefits States and Territories by addressing skills shortages in their particular regions. Under this scheme, State and Territory governments can nominate General Skilled Migration visa applicants whose occupations are needed in their regions.
State and Territory governments can determine how many skilled applicants they will nominate, and what kinds of occupations are required in their area.
Currently, all State and Territory governments in Australia participate in this scheme.
Relevant visa categories for government nomination:
Skilled - Sponsored (Subclass 886)
Skilled - Sponsored (Subclass 176)
Skilled - Regional Sponsored (Subclass 487)
Skilled - Regional Sponsored (Subclass 475)
Benefits of nomination
If visa applicants are nominated by a State or Territory government, they are able to claim 5 points if nominated for a Skilled - Sponsored (Subclass 176) visa or 10 points if nominated for a Skilled - Regional Sponsored (subclass 475) visa. It is important to note that nomination does not automatically result in the Department granting your visa; you must meet all the prescribed visa requirements.
Obligations of nominated skilled workers
If you are successfully nominated by a State or Territory government, you must comply with all Australian laws. You also must agree to:
Remain in the State or Territory for a period of at least two (2) years
Keep the State or Territory government informed of changes in address details before and after visa grant
Be prepared to complete surveys and provide information as required.
How to become nominated
To check the website of each State or Territory government to see if your occupation is on their state migration plan see the following links: