Need help with state nomination?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Western Australia offers State nomination for the permanent Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and the temporary Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) which allows migrants to live in regional Western Australia.

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) will be transitioning to the new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) from 16 November 2019. Further information regarding this change is now available on the Transitioning from visa subclass 489 to the new visa subclass 491 page.


The process for obtaining State nomination is as follows.


1 Submit an eligible Expression of Interest (EOI) in the Department of Home Affairs SkillSele​​ct database.

Where documents are submitted as supporting evidence, they should be provided as high quality colour copies of the original documents.

  • Have submitted an EOI indicating that you are seeking nomination from Western Australia or any state or territory.

  • Score at least 65 in​ the Department of Home Affairs points test. This includes the points for State nomination which are automatically included in your EOI:

-   five points for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190); and

-   10 points for the Skilled Regional (provisional) visa
    (subclass 489).

  • Have evidence of a skills assessment suitable for permanent migration in your nominated occupation. See the Home Affairs website for more information on skills assessments and skills assessing authorities.

  • Have an available nominated occupation for your intended visa subclass on the Western Australian skilled migration oc​cupation list​ (WASMOL) if you are using the general stream or the Graduate occupation list (GOL) if you are using the graduate stream.

    If using the graduate stream, your occupation must also be available for your qualification type (PhD and Masters graduates, or Bachelors and higher degree graduates.)

  • If you are intending to use the graduate stream, the details of your Western Australian study, including the address and postcode of the Western Australian university or campus must be included in your EOI.

  • Have demonstrated at least the minimum English language requirements in all four components in a single test applicable to your occupation and stream through an approved English test*. 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.

    See the State nomination requirement page for detailed information on English requirements.

  • Be younger than 45 years of age.

  • Be able to claim and give evidence of work experience in the Expression of Interest. If you have completed a Masters or PhD in Western Australia and are applying through the graduate stream the work experience is waived for Western Australian State nomination. 

  • Have selected ‘Western Australia’ or ‘any state or territory’ as your preferred s​tate.

​*Approved English language tests and minimum required scores

If you are selected to receive an invitation, WA Migration Services will email you with a link to the State nomination application form. You have up to 28 days to complete the application. The application includes three multiple choice questionnaires which test your knowledge of Western Australia. You will be given links to relevant websites to help with your research.

To be successful, applications must meet the State nomination criteria​​​​​, which includes additional requirements depending on the stream you intend to apply through. You will be asked to provide evidence to demonstrate you meet all the State nomination criteria. You may also be asked for clarification and further information during the processing of your application.
A ​$200 non-refundable application fee applies.

3 If your application is successful, WA Migration Services nominates you in SkillSelect and you automatically rece​ive an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs to lodge your visa application.

All successful applicants are required to:

  • register their arrival with the Settlemen​t Services team​​;

  • bring sufficient funds (for at least three months) into the State to cover settlement costs if not currently residing in Western Australia;

  • live and work in Western Australia for two years upon arrival: and

  • complete a settlement survey every six months for this two year period.

For occupations which require licensing or registration before you are permitted to work in Western Australia, a positive skills assessment and State nomination do not guarantee that you will meet the licensing or registration requirements of the relevant licensing or registration authority. Those considering applying for Western Australian nomination are advised to check with the appropriate licensing or registration authority to verify their suitability for licensing or registration.

Selection process and ranking system

On a monthly basis a set number of EOIs are selected from SkillSelect to receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. WA Migration Services will contact you via email with a link to the State nomination application form if you are invited. EOIs are selected based on the following ranking system.

1 Applicants eligible for the general stream by highest points score.

2 Applicants eligible for the graduate stream by;

    a if you have completed a PhD or Masters qualification in Western Australia at
       a Western Australian university, that includes 2 years of full time study:
    b if you have completed a Honours degree or other higher degree in Western 
       Australia at a Western Australian university, that includes 2 years full time

    c if you have completed a Bachelor degree in Western Australia at a Western             Australian university, that includes 2 years full time study:

    d the highest amount of Australian work experience in their nominated or closely

       related occupation:
    e the highest level of English language proficiency; and
    f the highest total SkillSelect points score.

If you qualify for both the general and the graduate stream, you will be offered an invitation through the general stream in the first instance.

If multiple EOIs are ranked at the same level, invitations will be issued based on the EOI submission date.

Invitations are anticipated to be issued on the third Thursday of each month.

Invitations for the August 2019 round are anticipated to be issued by 9 August 2019, due to the transition from Visa subclass 489 to 491. Further information regarding this change is now available on the Transitioning from visa subclass 489 to the new visa subclass 491 page.



SkillSelect is an online service provided by the Department of Home Affairs that enables skilled workers who are interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an EOI. Intending migrants may be identified and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or State and territory governments, or they could be invited by the Commonwealth Government to lodge a visa application. For more information and to submit an EOI, visit the
Department of Home Affairs we​bsite​.


Settlement Services

​​Settlement Services is an information and referral service provided to skilled migrants. The Settlement Services team and website can provide you with information on childcare and education; employment​; emergency services; finding a house; health/hospitals; public transport and sport and recreation.

Migration agents

In Australia, migration agents must be registered with the Department of Home Affairs Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority. If you choose to use a migration agent, it is important that you check that the agent is properly registered.

For more information about migration agents, visit the
Migration Agents R​egistration Authority website​.​​

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