State requirements for 491 visa

Below is a summary of the state opening dates for the 491 visa and further detailed information (updated on 21 December 2020)

The Department has provided the MIA with the specific number of interim allocated places for each State and Territory for subclasses 190, 491 and the Business Innovation and Investment program, please see below

State & Territory sc 190 sc 491 & 489 BIIP
ACT 250 45 4
NSW 550 150 200
VIC 600 200 400
QLD 200 200 160
NT 80 80 5
WA 200 40 70
SA 300 600 180
TAS 250 400 5
Total 2430 1715 1024

Victoria 491 visa criteria

The 2020-21 Victorian skilled visa nomination program (subclass 190 & 491) will re-open on Tuesday 5 January 2021 (only available for professionals already living and working in Victoria)

See here: Victoria’s skilled visa nomination program (subclass 190 and 491) reopens on 5 January 2021

  • Already be living in regional Victoria
  • Already be working in regional Victoria (minimum 3 months employment)
  • Work in a highly skilled occupation in health, medical research, life sciences, agri-food or digital sectors which supports Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response.
  • See Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) for further information.

ACT 491 nomination criteria:

The Australian government has directed ACT to nominate those who can support the economic recovery post-COVID. As such, you must meet the following criteria before you apply for the nomination:

  • Resided in Canberra for at least 3 months
  • One of the following:
    • Nominated occupation is on the ACT Critical Skills List (January 2021), OR
    • A primary holder of a subclass 457/482 visa sponsored by an ACT employer:
      • You have worked in Canberra for the sponsor for at least 3 months
      • The visa must have a minimum of 12 months validity at time of nomination application.
    • Must be working for an ACT employer in Canberra for at least 3 months (must be paid employment, and for a minimum of 20 hours per week).

You can find the ACT Critical Skills List here.

Please see the ACT nomination criteria in more detail here.

WA State nomination under the new 491 visa

WA state nomination program is currently suspended. WA will not be issuing invitations during this period.

NT 491 nomination criteria

The Australian government has not yet allocated NT with nomination quota. As such, no invitation will be issued during this period.

QLD 491 nomination criteria

QLD Subclass 491 SBO Pathway, this stream is basically for migrants who are willing to invest a minimum of $100,000 in a business located in QLD regional area. Queensland 491-SBO (Small Business Owners) Pathway is OPEN. Please note: amended requirements for 491-SBO commenced 1 April 2021.

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is now OPEN from 19 April 2021 – 25 April 2021.

If you submitted an EOI from 1–7 February 2021, a new EOI will not be required. Please do not submit multiple EOIs. The first EOI picked up will be processed.

BSMQ will also prioritise businesses which create jobs, OR support COVID recovery industries, OR are located in a regional area.

QLD are unable to process applicants who are s48 barred.

NSW 491 nomination criteria

See here: NSW Skilled Occupation Lists for 190 and 491 visa

Skilled occupation lists for visa subclass 190 and regional 491 are now available. There are 13 regions participating in the 491 visa program.

TAS 491 nomination criteria

Please see here for the latest 491 visa nomination criteria for Tasmania:

Tasmania has now received its full nomination quota for the 2020 – 21 program year. The full allocation is made up of:

  • Subclass 491 – 1400 places
  • Subclass 190 – 1000 places
  • Business migration – 45 places

Approximately 25% of skilled visa nomination places have been used.

This includes:

  • individual providing critical or specialist medical services, or
  • individual with critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services, or
  • individual who are involved in delivering services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery.

International graduates who do not work in the critical area would be unlikely to receive a nomination at this stage.

SA 491 nomination criteria

UPDATE: State requirements for 190 visa

UPDATE: State requirements for 491 visa

Minimum nomination requirements
  1. Applicants must meet Home Affairs minimum requirements for age, English levels and Points, and
  2. Applicants must nominate an occupation eligible for a 190 or 491 nomination on the Skilled Migration Occupation List  and have a valid and positive Skills Assessment for that occupation, and
  3. Applicants must be currently working in South Australia for at least the last 3 months in their nominated or closely related occupation, for at least 20 hours per week or 40 hours per fortnight. The work experience must be undertaken post-qualification completion and paid at the appropriate rate for the skill level.
  4. The following applicants do not have to meet the work experience requirement listed above:
  • International graduates of South Australian education institutions who have completed a PhD or Masters by Research.
Preferred requirements

In addition to the mandatory requirements listed above, applicants who meet the following conditions will have a better chance of being invited to submit an application.

  1. Applicants with Proficient English overall or higher
  2. Applicants with at least 90 Points in your Expression of Interest (including state-nomination points)
  3. Applicants who are currently working in South Australia for at least the last 12 months in their nominated or closely related occupation and claiming Points for Australian work experience
  4. Applicants who are currently living and working in outer regional South Australia.
  5. Applicants who meet the critical skills listed here for Commonwealth Government’s Travel Exemption Requirements

If you are currently living and working in South Australia, you may qualify for this stream and additional concessions and waivers.

There are concessions and waivers available and eligibility will be primarily dependent on:

  • How long you have been residing and working in South Australia.
  • Your nominated occupation
  • If you are living and working in outer regional South Australia

This stream is currently unavailable.