Construction Visa Subsidy program

In an effort to secure a thriving workforce for the future, the State Government of Western Australia is investing in initiatives to train locals for upcoming jobs. However, they also recognize the importance of retaining skilled migrants and attracting interstate and overseas workers with the expertise required by WA businesses today. Enter the Construction Visa Subsidy Program (CVSP), a groundbreaking initiative that aids Western Australian construction businesses in meeting the demand for skilled labor. Through this program, grants of up to $10,000 are provided to support skilled migration visa pathways for workers, alleviating expenses like migration agent fees, visa applications, and relocation costs. With the CVSP, WA is forging a path towards a diverse and dynamic workforce, bolstering the state’s economic growth and competitiveness.

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CVSP grants

Eligible employers can receive payments of up to $10,000 per skilled migrant at three milestone points:

  • Milestone 1 – $2,000
  • Milestone 2 – $4,000
  • Milestone 3 – $4,000

Eligible skilled migrants who apply for their visa offshore, will receive payments of up to $10,000 at two milestone points:

  • Milestone 1 – $5,000
  • Milestone 2 – $5,000

Eligible skilled migrants who are already onshore when the CVSP commences, will receive payments that have been reduced to reflect the lower costs incurred by onshore applicants:

  • Milestone 1 – $2,500
  • Milestone 2 – $2,500

How to apply for the CVSP Employer Sponsored Stream

To be eligible for the CVSP employers must:

  • sponsor a skilled migrant in one of the following visa subclasses – 482, 494 or 186; and
  • be headquartered and undertaking building and construction work in Western Australia.

Step 1

If you are making a milestone 1 claim for one skilled migrant:

  • complete the CVSP Employer Sponsored Stream – Milestone 1 – Claim Form;
  • agree to comply with the Construction Visa Subsidy Program Terms and Conditions
  • declare your intent to become a sponsor with the Department of Home Affairs, and sponsor a skilled migrant; and
  • submit your completed claim form.

If you are making milestone 1 claims for two to five or five in total skilled migrants:

  • complete the CVSP Employer Sponsored Stream – Milestone 1 – Claim Form;
  • agree to comply with the Construction Visa Subsidy Program Terms and Conditions
  • declare your intent to become a sponsor with the Department of Home Affairs, and sponsor a skilled migrant;
  • provide a brief outline of planned and upcoming work including the occupations your sponsored skilled migrant will be working in; and
  • submit your completed claim form.

If you are making milestone 1 claims for six or more skilled migrants:

  • complete the CVSP Employer Sponsored Stream – Milestone 1 – Claim Form;
  • agree to comply with the Construction Visa Subsidy Program Terms and Conditions
  • provide your confirmation of registration as a sponsor with the Department of Home Affairs;
  • provide a business plan demonstrating the need for additional skilled workers, and include the occupations your sponsored skilled migrants will be working in;
  • describe your plans for onboarding and supporting your skilled migrants; and
  • submit your completed claim form.

How to apply for the CVSP State Nominated Stream

To be eligible for the CVSP independent skilled migrants must be:

  • granted a visa through the WA State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP) in one of the following visa subclasses – 190 or 491;
  • employed by a business headquartered and undertaking building and construction work in WA; and
  • working in an eligible occupation (below)

Step 1

Lodge an Expression of Interest in SkillSelect to indicate your interest in WA State Nomination.

Step 2

If you have not already linked with an eligible WA employer, you can enter your details on the Skilled Migrant Employment Register (SMER).

The SMER allows you to indicate your interest to work in WA and provides the opportunity for an employer to connect with you.

You may also choose to engage a registered Migration Agent to assist you through the visa process.

Step 3

Once you have been approved for State Nomination and your visa has been granted by the Commonwealth’s Department of Home Affairs, register your arrival and visa approval with Migration Services.

Building and Construction Occupations – Visa Availability

 

ANZSCO

Code

ANZSCO Name EMPLOYER SPONSORED SNMP
DAMA

Flag3

Visa 482 Visa 494 Visa 186 Visa 190 Visa 491
133111 Construction project manager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
133112 Project builder Yes Yes Yes
232111 Architect Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
232112 Landscape architect Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
232212 Surveyor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
232611 Urban and regional planner Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
233211 Civil engineer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
233213 Quantity surveyor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
233214 Structural engineer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
312111 Architectural draftsperson Yes Yes Yes Yes
312112 Building associate Yes Yes
 

312113

Building inspector

(This code includes building certifiers and building surveyors)

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

312114 Construction estimator Yes Yes Yes
312115 Plumbing inspector Yes
312116 Surveying or spatial science technician Yes Yes Yes
312199 Architectural, building and surveying technicians not elsewhere classified Yes Yes Yes Yes
312211 Civil engineering draftsperson Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
312212 Civil engineering technician Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
312312 Electrical Engineering Technician Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
312911 Maintenance planner Yes Yes Yes
312999 Building and engineering technician nec Yes Yes Yes
331111 Bricklayer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
331112 Stonemason Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
331211 Carpenter and joiner Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
331212 Carpenter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
331213 Joiner Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
332111 Floor finisher Yes Yes Yes
332211 Painting trades worker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
333111 Glazier Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
333211 Fibrous plasterer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
333212 Solid plasterer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
333311 Roof tiler Yes Yes Yes Yes
333411 Wall and floor tiler Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
334111 Plumber (general) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
334115 Roof plumber Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
334112 Air conditioning and mechanical services plumber Yes Yes Yes Yes
334113 Drainer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
334114 Gasfitter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
341111 Electrician (general) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
341112 Electrician (special class) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

 

 

ANZSCO

Code

ANZSCO Name EMPLOYER SPONSORED SNMP
DAMA

Flag3

Visa 482 Visa 494 Visa 186 Visa 190 Visa 491
341113 Lift mechanic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
342111 Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
342411 Cabler (data and telecommunications) Yes Yes Yes Yes
362213

362711

Landscape gardener Yes Yes Yes Yes
394111 Cabinetmaker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
399912 Interior decorator Yes
399918 Fire protection equipment technician Yes
511111 Contract administrator Yes Yes
712111 Crane, hoist or lift operator Yes
721211 Earthmoving plant operator (general) Yes
721212 Backhoe operator Yes
721214 Excavator operator Yes
721216 Loader operator Yes
721915 Road roller operator Yes
821211 Concreter Yes
821712 Scaffolder Yes
821713 Steel fixer Yes
821912 Driller’s assistant Yes

 

3 A Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is a formal agreement between the Australian government and a regional, State or Territory authority that provides access to more overseas workers than a standard skilled migration program.

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