Need help with state nomination?

Q: Am I eligible for the graduate stream if I have a vocational education and training (VET) qualification from Western Australia?

You may be eligible for the graduate stream if you gained a Certificate III level or above VET qualification in Western Australia and have completed two years study in Western Australia at an accredited Western Australian educational institution. Visit the Graduate stream requirements page for further information.

Q: Can WA Migration Services help me with my application?

We can provide you with information about the State nomination application process and criteria, but we cannot help you with your application or provide migration advice. Legally, this can only be provided by a registered migration agent.

To find a registered migration agent, visit the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).​


Q: Why has my application not been processed within the advertised processing times? 

The processing time is for a 'decision ready' application. Decision ready means that you have provided all the documentation required for WA Migration Services to complete an assessment. If WA Migration Services asks for more information, then your application is not decision ready until all information is provided. This may delay the processing of your application. Once your application is decision ready, it will be assessed and a final outcome will be issued within the advertised processing time.

Q:  I need to provide an employment contract as part of my State nomination application what information should it include?

You will need to provide a scanned copy of your employment contract when you lodge your State nomination application. It must be for full time employment in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for the required duration. For the General stream, the contract must be for at least 12 months. For the Graduate stream, the contract must be for at least six months. Full time employment is an average of at least 35 hours per week and you can provide two contracts to meet this requirement.

The contract must include:

  1. full names of ​both the employer and the employee;

  2. job title and related ANZSCO code;

  3. contract start date and end date (if permanent, only start date is required). It must state either 'full time permanency' or 'full time fixed term contract' with an end date. The start date must be within three months of your application date, if you have not yet started working;

  4. job description of the work to be performed by the employee;

  5. 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;

  6. location of employment;

  7. a statement that the work specified in the employment contract must be perform​ed by the employee and not contracted out to a third party;

  8. a signed and dated employment contract by the employer and employee and provided as one document; and

  9. must be drafted by the employer and not by the employee.

Q: I am already some months into my contract of employment. Can I use this for my application for State nomination?

You will need a contract of full time employment in Western Australia with a minimum of six or 12 months (depending on your stream) 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 through the General stream (and require a 12 month contract) on 1 January 2019, your employment contract end date must not be before 1 January 2020.

If you apply for State nomination through the Graduate stream (and require a six month contract) on 1 January 2019, your employment contract end date must not be before 1 July 2020.

Q: What factors will WA Migration Services consider when reviewing my employment contract?

The employment contract must show an agreement between the employer and employee and set out the terms and conditions of employment. Factors taken into consideration may include: 

  • a minimum salary is being paid;

  • the business employing you is genuine and operational in the location specified;

  • the job will be completed by you and not contracted out to a third party; and

  • as the employee you will bear no financial risk and be provided with the relevant tools and equipment to successfully undertake the tasks required.

Employment contracts submitted by an Independent contractor or those which demonstrate self-employment, are considered not to meet the above requirements and will not be suitable to apply for WA State nomination.

Employment contracts submitted by a Sole Trader will be considered in the following circumstances only:

  • the sole trader is not the stated applicant of the State nomination application; and

  • the employment contract meets all the State's employment contract requirements.

View the Employment contracts and Independent contractors information
available on the Fair Work Ombudsman or Austrade website


Q: Is my chosen Western Australian educational institution accredited, meaning I can use study and/or qualifications completed at that institution towards meeting the Western Australian study requirement?

If your chosen institution is a university or higher education provider, to be considered accredited, it must be:

Current approved universities with a Western Australian campus are:

  • Central Queensland University;

  • Curtin University;

  • Edith Cowan University;

  • Murdoch University;

  • Southern Cross University;

  • University of Notre Dame Australia; and

  • University of Western Australia.

If your chosen educational institution is a vocational education and training provider, to be considered accredited it must be:

If your chosen institution is an English language program provider, to be considered accredited it must be:

Your expression of interest must include the suburb and post code of your Western Australian educational institution campus where you completed your study. 

​Q: What requirements do I need to meet when claiming points for work experience?   

You must meet the Department of Home Affairs requirements for work experience:

  • 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.

*For the purposes of the State nomination program, WA Migration Services does not consider a 'Professional Year' or work placement in their review of an applicant's work experience, unless the Professional Year or work placement was completed post qualification.


Q: Will WA Migration Services assess my work experience?

No. WA 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 or Graduate occupation list and​ listed as 'under review'. Will I be invited to apply for State nomination?

As there are only a few invitations issued for 'under review' occupations, you may not be invited to apply for State nomination.

View the Occupation lists page to keep yourself informed of your occupation's status.

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: My occupation is on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list or Graduate occupation list and  listed as 'Regional WA only'. How will this affect my application for State nomination?

Candidates nominating for occupations that are designated 'regional Western Australia only' in the General or Graduate stream must provide evidence of a job offer/contract of employment in a location defined by the Commonwealth as Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas. These include the following areas in Western Australia by postcodes: 6041 to 6044, 6084, 6207, 6213, 6215 to 6537, and 6560 to 6770.


Q: I received State nomination from Western Australia. Am I able to relocate to another state or territory 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:

  • bank statements;
  • 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. WA 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 WA Migration Services 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 WA Migration Services during office hours, Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 4.00 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 Home Affairs 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 the Department of Home Affairs 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.  Does 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.

​[Published on 7 January 2020]

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