State Migration Plans were introduced to allow individual states and territories to sponsor skilled migration visa applicants who have skills and occupations that are currently in demand to address the skills shortage needs of each respective state within their local labour markets. Skilled migrants who are unable to meet the skilled independent points threshold can take advantage of the additional points offered by each state or territory to assist in qualifying for skilled migration visas such as subclass 190 or subclass 491 visas. The State Migration Plans specify which occupations state and territory governments can nominate applications under and specify the number of visas that will be granted as part of this program.
The benefits receiving a skilled occupation related state nomination include:
State nomination enables state governments to attract successful business owners and investors to their respective states, which in turn supports job creation, business investment and enhances industry capability. All business visas require state government nomination. Each state will outline their priority sectors and type of business and investment proposals valuable to their economic recovery and growth.
South Australia’s Skilled and Business Migration program provides migrants a pathway to living, working or establishing their business in South Australia through the support of State Nomination.
Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) Government can nominate you under the subclass 491 and 190 visas if you meet Australian Government’s standard requirements, and meet NT Government’s nomination eligibility, and commit to living and working in the Territory within your skilled occupation for at least three years upon the grant of your visa. The NT Government considers a range of factors to inform decisions on applications for nomination. Applications will be assessed on its own merits and invitation to apply is at the discretion of the NT Government.
For the 2020 – 2021 program year the Department of Home Affairs has directed that all nominations must be justifiable in relation to their likely contribution to Australia’s economic recovery and follow three priorities: 1.High quality subclass 188 and 132 (Business Innovation and Investment Program) nomination applications 2. Applicants critical to supporting Tasmania’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 3. Applicants currently in Australia who can demonstrate their capacity to meaningfully contribute to economic recovery through skilled employment