Broadly speaking, migration in Australia is made up of three streams;
humanitarian, family and
skilled. The stream suitable for you depends on many factors including your age, occupation and employment status. To find out if you are eligible to apply for an Australian visa under one of these streams visit the
Department of Home Affairs Visa Finder.
If you have a successful background in owning or managing a business or investments you may also be eligible to apply for
Skilled visas are for eligible professionals or tradespersons. The skilled stream makes up approximately two thirds of Australia's total migration program and includes both temporary and permanent visas. The two main pathways are employer sponsored and independent or nominated.
To be eligible for certain visas, you must be nominated by a state or territory. Skilled Migration Western Australia (SMWA) nominates eligible applicants for two visa subclasses:
To be eligible for State nomination, you must meet the
State nomination criteria which include having an occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list. Visit the Skilled Migration section for further information.
For occupations which require you to be licensed or registered before you are permitted to work in Western Australia, a positive skills assessment and State nomination are not a guarantee that you will meet the licensing or registration requirements of the relevant licensing or registration authority. Those considering applying for Western Australian nomination are advised to check with the appropriate licensing or registration authority to verify their suitability for licensing or registration.
Regional certifying body
The Department of Training and Workforce Development is the regional certifying body for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) of the following regions:
- Cocos & Christmas Islands;
- Great Southern;
- Mid West;
- South West; and
Regional Development Australia is the RCB for the Goldfields-Esperance region; refer to their website for more information.
Under the RSMS, employers can nominate skilled migrants for a full time vacancy where there is a genuine need for a paid employee and a local Australian applicant is not available.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development assesses employer nominations under the direct entry stream and provides advice to the Department of Home Affairs on whether the nomination meets certain criteria. Visit the
RSMS section for more information.