Have an occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list schedule 2

Visit the WA State Nomination - Combined Occupation lists page for more information.


Meet Department of Home Affairs requirements

You must meet the Department of Home Affairs' (Home Affairs) requirements for your intended visa subclass, being:

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.


Meet English requirements

You must meet the English language requirements shown below in all four components in a single Department of Home Affairs approved English test.

If you have a passport from the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America or Ireland, you don't need to sit an English test to be eligible for Western Australian State nomination. 

Competent English






TestMinimum score ​ ​ ​
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)6666
Occupational English Test (OET)BBBB
Test of English as a foreign language internet-based test (TOEFL-iBT)12132118
Pearson Test of English Academic
(PTE Academic)
Cambridge C1 Advanced 169169169169


Provide a contract of employment

This requirement is applicable as per below:

​- 190 visa 
​- 491 visa
​- Applicable 
​- Not applicable 

You must have a contract of employment in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for full time employment in WA, for at least 6 months from the date of your application for State nomination. Full time employment is defined as an average of at least 35 hours work per week. You are able to provide two contracts of employment to make up the 35 hours. 

The contract must include:

  • full names of both the employer and the employee;

  • contract start and end date (if permanent, only start date is required). The start date must be within three months of your application;

  • job title and related ANZSCO code;

  • job description;

  • terms and conditions of employment (such as salary, hours of work, leave entitlements and superannuation) which must be no less favourable than those that would apply to an Australian citizen or permanent resident doing equivalent work. If your contract does not describe your terms and conditions of employment, you can provide the Enterprise Agreement or industrial Award for your occupation;

  • location of employment;

  • a statement that work specified in the employment contract must be performed by the employee and not contracted out to a third party;

  • signed and dated by the employer and the employee; and

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

You will need to provide a copy of your contract as part of the State nomination application and it must be provided as one document. 

We will also assess whether:

  • an appropriate salary will be paid for the specified occupation, based on market salary rates;

  • the business employing you is genuine and operating in the location specified; 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 for self-employment do not meet the above requirements and are not suitable to apply for WA State nomination. 

Employment contracts submitted by a sole trader will be considered in the following circumstances only:

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

  • if the employment contract meets all the above requirements.

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

For more information see the criteria for State nomination or for information on the application process see the How to apply for State nomination page.