Western Australian State Nominated Migration Program

It is important to note that the Western Australian Government's State Nomination Migration Program has particular obligations and other conditions that are important for any prospective migrant to be aware of.

Please read the following terms and conditions very carefully, so you are fully informed of the key aspects of WA's State Nomination Migration Program and its related obligations.

Western Australian State nomination obligation

Receiving Western Australian State nomination means you commit to living and working in WA for the first two years of arriving in WA, or upon a successful visa grant (if currently residing in WA).

Employment in Western Australia

The State's nomination process (either for an invitation to apply or for an actual nomination) is not a guarantee of employment and you understand that the Western Australian State Government is not responsible for securing you or any of your family member's employment in WA. It is also important to note that occupations on the State's own skilled migration occupation lists are not for specific employment vacancies, and are subject to change.

The conditions for some occupations in particular industries or sectors can sometimes be quite variable, and at times change quickly.

With this in mind, prospective migrants are strongly encouraged to do their own research into the employment market conditions and future career prospects in WA, for their particular occupation and field of expertise.

 To help connect skilled migrants with the Western Australian workforce, the State Government has established the Skilled Migrant Employment Register, a free initiative supporting employers and skilled migrants to connect and to build the WA workforce. For more information visit the Skilled Migrant Employment Register

As part of your application for WA State nomination you understand and acknowledge that:

• Western Australian's labour market conditions may vary significantly as the employment market fluctuates at different times of the year and from year to year;

• you have researched relevant employment opportunities in WA and are satisfied there are sufficient employment / career opportunities in your nominated occupation in WA;

• you need to be realistic about employment expectations as it can take some time to secure employment;

• you understand that you will compete for employment vacancies with all people in the labour market as part of the normal selection process; and

• while there is no State requirement to demonstrate settlement funds, you are strongly encouraged to have sufficient funds to settle and establish yourself and any accompanying family – this is particularly important given that in Australia, there are certain waiting periods that new migrants have to meet before they are able to claim employment supports and other welfare payments. For more information please visit the Services Australian website.

Occupational licensing/registration

If your occupation requires you to be registered or licensed to be able to work in Western Australia, you understand that a positive skills assessment and State nomination does not guarantee that you will also meet the licensing and/or registration requirements applicable to your occupation, and that you will need to verify your suitability with the relevant licensing and registration authority.

For example, to work as a health practitioner in Australia you need to apply for and be registered with the relevant National Board, and many trades such as electricians, refrigeration mechanics and plumbers also require licensing.

The costs and processes for various occupational licensing and/or registration can be quite variable depending on a number of factors, and so it is strongly encouraged that you understand, and where possible, verify your own suitability for any of these occupational specific requirements prior to applying for a visa/arriving in WA.

For more broad information please visit the Skills Recognition pathways section. For specific information on registration requirements for the health sector please visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency AHPRA website.

Please note these links are not comprehensive guides to all registration, licensing, professional membership and other industry requirements for all of the occupations that are eligible for Western Australia's State Nomination Migration Program, so it is up to you to do your own thorough research for what your occupation may require.

False and misleading information

If you provide false or misleading information as part of your State nomination application, your application may be declined. False and misleading information may also be reported to the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs who can conduct their own investigation.

We conduct verification checks on the documents you provide. This includes contacting employers and institutions directly to confirm whether the documents are genuine.

If you are aware of instances, or yourself are pressured to submit an application with false and misleading information, we encourage you to report this to the Department of Home Affairs.


We do not provide renomination in the following instances:

• where you do not submit your visa application within 60 days; or

• if the details of your Expression of Interest were incorrect when we nominated you in SkillSelect, including points claimed by you or your agent; or

• if your English test or skills assessment has expired.

If an applicant has been nominated for any skilled subclass (either 190 or 491), they cannot be nominated again in the same program year.

WA Migration Services may consider re-inviting applicants for WA State nomination in exceptional circumstances.

Application fee


Payments are accepted through MasterCard and Visa only, through the applicable online application form.

Applications lodged for Regional Certification advice An application is are only considered to be 'lodged' once fees are successfully received.

Applications lodged for WA State nomination, will automatically be progressed by the system once the application process has been completed.


Refunds of State Nominated Migration Program application fee

Applications submitted prior to 1 July 2022

Refunds will only be considered in the following instances:

• if a technical issue results in multiple payments for the same application, or if the applicant is unaware the first application has been successfully lodged and resubmits multiple applications;

• if migration policy guidelines change and an applicant is impacted; or

• in special circumstances, to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Refunds of Regional Certifying advice application fee

Refunds will only be considered in the following instances.

• if a technical issue results in multiple payments for the same application, or if multiple applications are lodged when the applicant is unaware the first application has been successfully lodged, and resubmits multiple applications; or

• in special circumstances, to be considered on a case-by case basis.

Refunds will not be provided in the following instances:

• if an applicant changes their mind;

• if an application lodged with WA Migration Services is not approved; or

• if a visa application lodged with the Department of Home Affairs is not granted.

Assessment of refunds in special circumstances

A refund may be considered where there are special circumstances, which may include but are not limited to:

• circumstances that were beyond the applicant's control; and

• circumstances that were not foreseen and which may result in distress or hardship.

A refund for special circumstances will not be considered where an applicant:

• lodges more than one application for State nomination, including to be considered for a different State nominated visa sub-class;

• lodges an application and then is invited to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) from the Department of Home Affairs;

• lodges an application with incorrect, insufficient or false information; or

• withdraws an application.

Refund payments are only made to the credit or debit card used for the initial payment.

For more information on refunds see the Migration Services Fee Payment and Refund Policy. To request a refund, please complete and email the Migration Services refund request form to migration@dtwd.wa.gov.au


State Nomination Invitation Rounds

20 January 2023


Western Australia has received an overwhelming amount of applications for the State Nomination Migration Program.


To allow adequate time to process the large volume of applications prior to the end of the program year, invitation rounds for the remainder of the 2022-23 State nomination program year will be brought forward, and run in the first week of each month, commencing February 2023.


For more information on the State Nominated Migration Program visit the About State nomination page.

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