State Nomination – Occupation List and other changes for NSW WA & SA

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A number of states and territories have updated their skilled migration occupation lists and requirements for nomination for 2018/19.  Each state and territory has its own specific requirements matched to local needs. Below is a summary of changes announced by the New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia Governments.

NSW Priority Skilled Occupation List

The NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List for the 2018–19 has been released for Skilled nominated (Subclass 190) Permanent and Skilled Regional (Subclass 489) Provisional visa. Eligibility criteria for NSW nomination remain the same

There will no longer be ‘Stream Two’ invitations for this program year. These invitations used to be offered to high scorers on the points test in skilled occupations that were not on the NSW Priority Skilled Occupation List.

Invitations will depend on:

  • Scores and claims of other candidates in SkillSelect at the time the invitation is issued; and
  • The number of invitations being issued in a selection round.

The NSW Department of Industry aims to finalise complete nomination applications within 6 weeks of lodgement.

New Graduate Stream for WA

The Western Australian Government has announced a new Graduate stream for applicants applying under the State Nomination Migration Program in Western Australia. High achieving education graduates – PhD, Masters, Honours and other higher degree graduates – will have a pathway to skilled migration, with priority consideration for State Nominated migration.

The new stream is available to:

  • eligible university graduates who have gained a higher qualification and studied for at least two years in Western Australia at a Western Australian university;
  • have an available occupation on the Graduate occupation list (GOL) for the intended visa subclass; and
  • can meet the Western Australian State Nomination Graduate stream eligibility criteria.

Masters and PhD graduates will have access to all occupations on the Graduate occupation list. Bachelor and higher degree graduates will only be able to access some of the occupations on the Graduate occupation listCheck the Graduate occupation list for a list of eligible occupations and required university qualifications.

The introduction of this list is expected to also increase the number of international students choosing to study in WA.

South Australia Changes Work Experience Requirements

South Australia has announced its Skilled Occupation List for the year 2018-19 for Skilled nominated (Subclass 190) Permanent and Skilled Regional (Subclass 489) Provisional visa, along with some changes to the eligibility criteria for prospective applicants.

The state has two lists – the list of state nominated occupations available to be nominated for visa subclass 190 and 489, and a supplementary skill list of 297 occupations that are available for applicants who meet additional requirements set out by the SA Government.

Under the new arrangements, in order for international graduates of South Australia must be working for at least three months in a skilled occupation in the state rather than just have commenced working to meet the work experience requirement. The 3 month work experience requirement applies to Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education graduates, regardless of which occupation list they are applying under. Previously, VET graduates applying for an occupation on the Supplementary Skilled List were required to have 12 months’ skilled work experience in South Australia.

Tasmania Nomination Changes

Tasmania has added three new occupations to its list of occupations this week:

  • Sales and Marketing Manager 131112
  • Speech Pathologist 252712
  • ICT Business Analyst 261111

Tasmania has also increased the work experience requirement to six months from the previous three. Therefore an applicant needs to work for six months in the state before being eligible for nomination for a provisional regional skilled visa (489) or skilled permanent nominated (190) visa. A program update Fact Sheet was released by the WA Government in July.

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