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This is a provisional visa that allows you to live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia. Currently, all of Western Australia is a designated regional area. To be eligible, you must either be nominated by an Australian State or Territory, such as Western Australia, or be sponsored by an eligible family member.

 

You must also meet the following Department of Home Affairs requirements:

  • have a relevant skills assessment;

  • be under 45 years old;

  • be nominated by a State or Territory, such as Western Australia;

  • be able to score 65 points or more on the Department of Home Affairs points test. State nomination for the subclass 491 visa gives you an extra 15 points towards the Department of Home Affairs points test, which is automatically incorporated into your EOI;

  • have the required English level; and

  • have an occupation on the relevant occupation list.


Visit the Home Affairs website for more information on the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).


Western Australian State nomination

To be considered by Western Australia, you must first lodge an expression of interest (EOI) in the Department of Home Affairs SkillSelect database. WA Migration Services invites eligible EOIs on a monthly basis to apply for Western Australian state nomination based on a ranking system.


You can be invited through one of two streams:

  • the general stream

  • the graduate stream.


Overview of ranking system

Each month, a set number of eligible EOIs are selected in SkillSelect based on the below ranking system. Visit the invitation rounds page for further information.


1. Applicants eligible for the General stream will be ranked in accordance with the table below:


 

General stream

​» Currently residing in Western Australia

​» Currently residing in another Australian state or territory

​» ​Currently residing offshore

» Highest EOI points score

» Oldest EOI submission date

 

2. Applicants eligible for the Graduate stream will be ranked in accordance with the table below:

 

Higher Education Graduates

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Graduates

​​» Currently residing in Western Australia

​​» Currently residing in Western Australia

​​» Currently residing in another Australian state or territory

​​» Currently residing in another Australian state or territory

​​» ​Currently residing offshore

​​» ​Currently residing offshore

» Completed a PhD or Masters qualification in Western Australia

» Completed a VET qualification at Advanced Diploma level in Western Australia

» Completed an Honours degree or other higher degree in Western Australia

» Completed a VET qualification at Diploma level in Western Australia

» Completed a Bachelor degree in Western Australia

» Completed a VET qualification at Certificate IV level in Western Australia

» Highest EOI points score

» Completed a VET qualification at Certificate III level in Western Australia

» Oldest EOI submission date

» Highest EOI points score

» Oldest EOI submission date

 

If you are invited to apply, that means your EOI has demonstrated you meet a series of initial requirements.

If you would like to accept your invitation to apply for WA State nomination, you will be required to provide further evidence to meet the State nomination requirements, as outlined below. This evidence is provided during the application process. For the full list of requirements, you can also view the State nomination migration program process and requirements.

 

If your application for State nomination is approved, you will be nominated by WA Migration Services in SkillSelect and be automatically invited by the Department of Home Affairs to apply for the Subclass 491 visa .

 

Overview of State nomination requirements for a 491 visa

​General stream WASMOL Schedule 1

General stream WASMOL Schedule 2

​Graduate stream

​Meet Department of Home Affairs eligibility requirements for the intended visa subclass

​Y

​Y

​Y

​Nominated occupation is available on the relevant list

WA skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) schedule 1

WA skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) schedule 2

Graduate occupation list (GOL)

​Meet minimum English requirements 

​Y

Y

​Y

Work experience

​A least one year Australian or one year of overseas work experience in nominated (or closely related) occupation

​N
N

​Contract of employment

N

​N

​N

Have a Certificate III level or above qualification from an accredited WA educational institution

N

​N

Y

​Meet the two years WA study requirement

​N

​N

​Y

 


Visit the State nomination section for more information on how to be nominated by Western Australia. Information on the application process can be found on the How to apply for State nomination page.