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State nomination requirements

Applicants can be nominated through one of two streams.

1 The general stream; for applicants who meet the minimum requirements for State nomination and have an available occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list eligible for the intended visa subclass.


2 The graduate stream; for applicants who meet the minimum requirements for State nomination and additional requirements applicable to this stream, and have an available occupation on the Graduate occupation list eligible for the intended visa subclass. Additional requirements include having gained a higher education qualification in Western Australia, including at least two years of full time study in Western Australia at a Western Australian university.

Masters and PhD graduates will have access to all occupations on the Graduate occupation list. Bachelor and higher degree graduates will only be able to access some of the occupations on the Graduate occupation list. Check the Graduate occupation list to determine if your qualification type is eligible for your intending occupation. The university qualification you gain in Western Australia does not need to determine the occupation you wish to nominate from the Graduate occupation list for State nomination.

Overview of stream requirements

Table 1

​General stream ​Graduate stream
​Meet Department of Home Affairs requirements for the intended visa subclass ​Y ​Y
​A nominated occupation available on the Western Australian skilled occupation list ​Y ​N
​A nominated occupation available on the Graduate occupation listN ​Y
​Meet minimum English requirements ​Y ​Y
Demonstrated the minimun required work experience in nominated occupation ​Y ​Bachelor and other higher degree** graduates ​Masters and PhD** graduates
​Y ​N
​Provide a contract of employment ​Y ​ ​Y
​Demonstrate the minimum requirements for Western Australian study ​N ​Y
Demonstrated sufficient settlement funds ​Only required if you are not currently living in Western Australia ​Only required if you are not currently living in Western Australia

*Higher degree refers to Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma
**PhD refers to a Doctor of Philosophy

State nomination minimum requirements for both streams

Meet Department of Home Affairs requirements for the intended visa subclass

You must meet the Department of Home Affairs’ eligibility requirements for your intended visa subclass, being:
• the Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190); or
• the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 489).


Meet English requirements

You must demonstrate at least the minimum English language requirements applicable to your occupation and stream through an approved English test, listed below. If you have a passport from the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America or Ireland, you are not required to sit an English exam to be eligible for Western Australian State nomination.

Some assessing authorities require an English test result as part of the skills assessment process.

All applicants applying through the graduate stream, and applicants applying through the general stream who are nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, must demonstrate a ‘Proficient’ level of English, outlined in the following table.

Table 2a

Bands ​Listening ​Reading ​Writing ​Speaking
​Test Minimum score​ ​ ​ ​
​International English Language Testing System (IELTS)​7​7​7​7
​Occupational English Test (OET)​B​B​B​B
​Test of English as a foreign language internet-based test (TOEFL-iBT)​24​24​27
​23
​Pearson Test of English Academic
(PTE Academic)
​65​65​65​65
Cambridge English Advanced (CEA)​185​185​185​185


 All other occupations for the general stream must demonstrate the minimum English requirement, outlined in the following table.  

Table 2b

Bands ​Listening ​Reading ​Writing ​Speaking
​Test Minimum score​ ​ ​ ​
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)​6​6​6​6
​Occupational English Test (OET)​B​B​B​B
​Test of English as a foreign language internet-based test (TOEFL-iBT)​12​13​21​18
​Pearson Test of English Academic
(PTE Academic)
​50​50​50​50
​Cambridge English: Advanced (CEA)​169​169​169​169

 

Demonstrated the minimum required work experience in nominated occupation

Be able to claim and give evidence of work experience in your Expression of Interest. This requirement can be met through:

• at least one year of Australian work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation** over the last 10 years; or
• at least three years of overseas work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last 10 years.

WA Migration Services will assess your work experience in line with the Department of Home Affairs requirement, which specifies work experience must be gained post-qualification and via paid employment. You must have worked at least 20 hours per week in the specified occupation. See the frequent questions about State nomination page for further information relating to work experience requirements.

 If you are using the graduate stream and hold a Western Australian PhD or Masters Degree, the work experience requirement is waived for your Western Australian State nomination.

**WA Migration Services does not conduct work experience assessments and defers to the relevant assessing authority as to the suitability of work experience for points.

Provide a contract of employment

All applicants must have a contract of employment for full time employment for at least 12 months in Western Australia in the nominated (or closely related ) occupation. If you are intending to apply for a Subclass 489 visa, the contract must be for employment located in a regional area of Western Australia.
   
The copy of your signed employment contract from your employer must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months employment and must include:

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

You can submit your contract of employment when you lodge your application for State nomination with WA Migration Services.

See the Frequent questions about State nomination page for further information relating to the employment contract requirements.


Demonstrated sufficient settlement funds

If you live outside of Western Australia, one of the conditions of State nomination is that you bring sufficient funds into the State to cover your settlement costs. 


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).


You will be asked during the State nomination application process to show evidence of these funds through bank statements or asset valuations.

Additional requirements for graduate stream

Occupation on the Graduate occupation list
Your nominated occupation must be listed as available for the intended visa subclass on the Graduate occupation list and be eligible for your intended qualification type; being either:

• PhD and Masters graduates; or
• Bachelor and higher degree graduates.

To be eligible to be invited to apply for Western Australian State nomination you must have gained your qualification in Western Australia at a Western Australian university.


Western Australian study


You will be required to show proof of at least two academic years of full time study in Western Australia at a Western Australian university. You will need to provide your award certificate, along with transcripts clearly showing two years full time study in Western Australia. This will be requested as part of your State nomination application.


Full time study

Full time study is determined by the applicant’s educational institution.
Please note the onus is on the applicant to sufficiently demonstrate evidence of full time study.

Western Australia university

For the purposes of the graduate stream a Western Australian university is defined as:

  • being registered as an Australian university with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA); and
  • having a campus located in Western Australia where enrolled students study bachelor or post graduate courses full time on campus through face to face delivery.

The onus is on the applicant to clearly demonstrate they completed a full time course that was delivered face to face on a Western Australian campus.

Applicants must ensure the address and postcode for the Western Australian university or campus they completed their study at is included in their Expression of Interest.

See the Frequent questions about State nomination page for further information relating to the Western Australian university requirement.


Work experience


If the work experience requirement is applicable to your nominated occupation and qualification type, detailed work experience information is outlined above.

 The work experience requirement is waived for applicants with a Western Australian Masters or PhD qualification applying for Western Australian State nomination. However, any work experience indicated in an Expression of Interest may still be considered during the invitation ranking process. Please review the selection process for further information about the ranking system.

See the Frequent questions about the State nomination page for further information relating to the work experience requirements.


English requirement

All applicants applying through the graduate stream must demonstrate a minimum English level of proficiency as outlined in Table 2a.


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.

 

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