Q: Can Migration Services staff help me with my application?
Migration Services staff can provide information about the State nomination application process and the State nomination criteria.
Migration Services staff are not able to help applicants with their application or provide them with migration advice. Legally, this can only be provided by an officer of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) or a registered migration agent.
To find a registered migration agent, visit the
Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).
Q: What requirements do I need to meet when claiming points for work experience?
To be eligible to claim points for work experience, State nomination applicants must have gained their work experience under the following conditions.
Work experience was gained post qualification (does not include traineeship and apprenticeship years).
Work experience was in paid employment.
The applicant worked at least 20 hours per week in the specified occupation.
The applicant performed tasks that correspond with the ANZSCO descriptor for the occupation in question before they would be considered to have been ‘employed’ in a skilled occupation.
Q: Will Migration Services assess my work experience?
No. Migration Services does not undertake work experience assessments and defers to the relevant assessing authority as to the suitability of work experience for points.
Q: My occupation is on the
Western Australian skilled migration occupation list and listed as "restricted". Will I be invited to lodge an application for State nomination?
As there are only a few invitations issued for 'restricted' occupations, you may not be invited to apply for State nomination.
Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) to keep yourself informed of your occupation's status.
If you would like more information, email us at
Migration Services or call us on
+61 8 9224 6540.
Will I be invited to apply in the future?
If your occupation is listed as 'available' and you meet the relevant criteria, you may be invited to lodge an application for State nomination.
How will I know when my occupation has been listed as "available"?
If an occupation becomes available, this information will be published on the website.
Q: I received State nomination from Western Australia. Am I able to relocate to another state though I have not lived in Western Australia for two years?
State nominated visa holders who intend to relocate to another state or territory should email Settlement Services.
You are required to complete and return a short questionnaire stating your reasons for leaving Western Australia.
Following relocation, you are required to advise Settlement Services of your new contact details so that you can continue to be included in our post-arrival survey.
Q: I live outside Western Australia and one of the requirements for Western Australian State nomination is that I have sufficient funds to cover my settlement costs. How much money do I need to bring and what evidence of funds can I provide?
To be eligible for State nomination the minimum amount of funds required is:
for a single person – $20 000 (AUD);
for a couple – $30 000 (AUD); and
for every additional dependant – $5 000 (AUD).
Evidence that will be considered includes:
share ownership documents;
statements of pensions, leave payments or other entitlements that are cashable when you leave or exit your home country;
property – proof of ownership, including title deeds, current mortgage statement or rates notice; formal asset valuation from a licensed valuer or real estate agent;
jewellery – formal valuation from a jeweller; and
motor vehicles – registration papers; any outstanding loan statements; formal valuation such as from an insurance company or licensed car salesperson.
Q: Am I able to provide additional documents for my application while it is being processed?
Yes. Migration Services may also contact associated third parties to verify any information provided.
Q: Am I able to provide additional documents for my application after it has been declined?
All required documents must be submitted before your application has been finalised. You cannot submit additional documents after your application has been declined.
Q: Am I required to complete the Skilled Migration Western Australia settlement survey even though I have had my visa granted or been granted Australian citizenship?
Yes. To be granted State nomination, you signed an agreement with the Government of Western Australia and as part of this agreement you agreed to complete a survey every six months for a period of 24 months.
Q: I am having problems lodging my online application. Who do I contact for assistance?
If you are having problems with the online application system you can call Skilled Migration Western Australia (SMWA) during office hours, Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 4.30 pm (WST) on +61 8 9224 6540 or email the team via the online enquiries page. Please state your name, reference number (if applicable) and the problem you encountered while trying to lodge your application.
Q: What happens if I receive an invitation to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) while I have an outstanding application for State nomination?
You are free to apply for the subclass 189 visa. If you do so, your application for State nomination will be declined, as we are no longer able to assess your application, because DIBP has locked access to your expression of interest in the SkillSelect database. The $200 application fee is non-refundable.
Q: I have an occupation that requires licensing or registration before I am permitted to work in Western Australia. Do a positive skills assessment and State nomination guarantee that I meet the occupational licensing or registration requirements?
No. Applicants with an occupation requiring licensing or registration are advised to contact the relevant occupational licensing or registering body to verify their suitability for licensing or registration.
Q: I am currently living in an Australian State or Territory other than Western Australia and/or wish to apply for a State nominated 489 visa for a restricted region. My current contract is for 12 months, but I am already some months into the contract. Am I required to have a 12 month employment contract?
Yes. As you are currently living in an Australian State or Territory other than Western Australia and/or wish to apply for a State nominated 489 visa for a restricted region you will need a contract of full time employment in Western Australia with a minimum of 12 months remaining on your contract (at the time you apply for State nomination). This contract must be in your nominated (or closely related) occupation.
For example, if you apply for State nomination on 1 January 2017, your employment contract end date must not be before 1 January 2018.
Current employment or contract of employment is evidenced by providing a copy of a signed employment contract with the employer.
A contract of employment needs to include at least the following:
full names of both the employer and the employee;
contract start date and end date (if permanent, only start date is required);
job description of the work to be performed by the employee;
the terms and conditions of employment (include the position's salary, hours of work, leave entitlements, superannuation, among other things) that are no less favourable than those that would apply to an Australian citizen or permanent resident doing equivalent work;
location of employment; and
a statement that the work specified in the employment contract must be performed by the employee and not contracted out to a third party.
Additional requirement of an employment contract:
must be signed and dated by the employer and the employee and provided as one document; and
must be drafted by the employer and not by the employee.
Full time employment is defined as "on average at least 35 hours of work per week".
You may provide two employment contracts which equal at least 35 hours of work per week.
[Published on 28 March 2017]