Tasmania Skilled Migration Nomination Requirements (2021-2022)

Tasmania’s nomination quota for the 2021–22 program year is:
Subclass 491 – 2200 places
Subclass 190 – 1100 places

Around 500 of these places are expected to be used for applications carried over from the 2020-21 program year.

Changes to Nomination Requirements

Only minimal changes have been made to nomination requirements for the 202-22 program year. Additional guidance and clarifications for candidates have been published on the Migration Tasmania website. A summary of this information is below:

Tasmanian Graduates (Category 1)

Employment not necessary for this category

Employment is not a minimum requirement for the Tasmanian Graduate nomination category however evidence of employment or business operation will be taken into consideration in our assessment where:

  • the employer is well established and has been operating in Tasmania for at least 12 months the employment has been for more than 3 months in duration
  • the business owned by the applicant has been operating for at least 6 months, or
  • where candidates have been employed in the dairy, meat, accommodation, logistics or farming industry for at least the previous 6 months prior to lodging their application for nomination, they should have completed relevant industry training of at least Cert III (or equivalent training provided by industry peak bodies),


Working in Tasmania (category 2)

3 months minimum TSOL employment

Candidates who have a skills assessment for an occupation on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List will be eligible for subclass 491 nomination after working in a related position for a minimum of three months.

Acknowledgment of sponsor employer for current subclass 482 holders

To help demonstrate a genuine intentions to settle in Tasmania, applicants who currently hold a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) and who have worked less than 12 months with their Tasmanian-based sponsoring employer must provide a letter of support from their current sponsoring employer.

Additional guidance regarding “a well-established business operating in Tasmania”

A well-established business actively operating in Tasmania would be normally be expected to have: permanent business signage

  • an active/ongoing online presence, advertising and marketing
  • a Tasmanian address as a registered business location
  • a local landline contact number
  • an ongoing office space (not a residential address) that is not ‘casual’ or ‘virtual’ (including corporate/co-shared offices), and
  • permanent representation of employees at the stated business location. ​

Semi-skilled employment – demonstrating development prospects through industry-based training

A period of industry-based training while working with their employer may demonstrate career development prospects for lower-skilled employment or substitute for existing qualifications not available in larger population centres.

Tasmania has recently made changes to the Subclass 491/190 visa nomination criteria. High calibre subclass 491 category applicants may be considered for subclass 190 nomination.

Bridging Visa holders seeking AAT/Federal Court Review
Migration Tasmania will accept applications from candidates seeking review of a visa refusal or cancellation decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or Australian Federal Court however we will not confirm nomination until an applicant can demonstrate a reasonable ability to depart Australia, lodge their skilled visa application and return to Australia in the near future. This could include:
  • evidence of the grant of a Bridging Visa B to allow departure from Australia
  • evidence of a visa allowing entry to New Zealand (or any other ‘travel bubble’ country) when in operation
  • ​if unable to travel to a ‘travel bubble country’, reasonable claims to meet the Australian Government’s travel exemption criteria plus:
    • a letter from their current employer acknowledging that they will be departing Australia to lodge their visa application, that their absence during visa and travel exemption processing may be extended and indefinite, and that their employment remains available upon return, and
    • evidence of travel arrangements.

Migration Tasmania will not renominate where a nominee has been unable to lodge their visa application. Nominees in these circumstances will need to lodge a new nomination application. There is no guarantee a further nomination will be approved.

2021-22 Program Purpose and Priorities

Migration Tasmania’s nomination priorities are:

The Tasmanian State Nomination Skilled Migration Program supports Tasmanian businesses and increases the state’s working-age population. It does this by attracting and retaining migrants with skills genuinely in need by employers, or with the capacity to settle in Tasmania through skilled employment in the long-term, and business activities that will increase employment opportunities for locals.

  1. Candidates with an employment and a skills assessment related to critical roles* (generally health, allied health, infrastructure engineering).
  2. Candidates with an employment and skills assessment related to the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List.
  3. Candidates in other skilled employment (ANZSCO Skill Level 1-3) with a related skills assessment.
  4. New business owners providing substantial employment opportunities for local Australian citizens, permanent residents or provisional visa holders.
  5. All other eligible candidates with skills or training relevant to the needs of Tasmania and who are able to make a genuine contribution to Tasmania through skilled employment.

Applications are being considered according to these priorities, with those in critical roles nominated first.

Existing applicants who are not in critical roles are being considered only after priority applications for critical roles have been processed.

In practice, applicants in Priorities 1-3 will be approved and nominated on an ongoing basis.

Periodically, other eligible applicants will be nominated if sufficient quota places are available.

Given the limited number of nomination places available, priority 4 and 5 applicants may not receive an outcome for some weeks after their application is considered.

What are critical roles?

These roles include people:

  • engaged by the Tasmanian Government and directly assisting in Tasmania’s COVID-19 response
  • providing critical medical services including all general nursing and medical positions with the Tasmanian Health Service
  • highly skilled and specialised roles in:
    • infrastructure engineering and maintenance such as dams, large-/high-complexity bridges, irrigation schemes, transport logistics planning and maintenance
    • griculture such as artificial insemination technicians, livestock pregnancy scanners, and
    • the supply of essential goods and services which would be in jeopardy without the applicant.

Lower skilled positions such as retail workers, harvest labour, delivery drivers, or warehouse staff are not included as critical roles.

High Calibre Applicants

How to apply?

To apply, you must select subclass 491 and subclass 190 on the Skillselect EOI. You are also required to prepare a written submission outlining the reasons for your request.

How to determine if you are a ‘high calibre’ applicant?

The government will consider the following as positive attributes:

  • Employment in highly skilled, specialist positions (normally ANZSCO 1 or 2)
  • Rare/unique skills in high demand
  • Specialist health/allied health skills and employment (in a health-related setting)
  • Recent graduate of a TSOL related occupation, with prior skills/experience and can demonstrate strong employment opportunities.
  • Employment directly related to nominated occupation, with highly reputable, well known company.
  • Employed in skilled area of high demand, having lived in Tasmania for two years or more.
  • Extensive residence in Tasmania (over three years) with solid and ongoing skilled employment

Tasmanian Graduate Requirements

If you commence your last course of study in Tasmania after 30 June 2021, new rules will apply.

The new rules are:

  • You must have completed a course from a tertiary institution in Tasmania registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
  • Your course of study must be listed on CRICOS with a duration of at least 40 weeks and must have been completed full time and on-site in Tasmania.
  • You must have lived in Tasmania for at least one year from the commencement of your course and for the duration of your studies.
  • You and your dependents must be currently living in Tasmania and can provide evidence of your ongoing genuine commitment.
  • If you are not currently in skilled employment, you must provide a career plan that explains how your studies have increased your ability to find skilled work in Tasmania.
  • Your study does not need to be related to your nominated occupation, however, a relevant skills assessment will be highly regarded.
  • If you held a student visa (subclass 500), the study must be a degree, diploma or qualification directly related to the Priority Industry Training and Workshop Development Area.
  • If you held a visa that is not a student visa, the study must be directly related to the Priority Industry Training and Workshop Development Area.

Priority Industry Training and Workshop Development Area

There are a few areas that are listed in the Priority Industry Training and Workshop Development Area list. Applicants that apply under this program must meet the minimum qualification level specified for the area. Currently, there are nine areas:

  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Building and construction (including civil construction, energy and infrastructure)
  • Advanced manufacturing and energy (including maritime and defence manufacturing)
  • Information and communications technology
  • Aged services
  • Disability services
  • Agriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Transport and logistics

See here for the full list.

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