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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Broadly speaking, migration in Australia is made up of three streams; humanitarian, family and skilled. The stream suitable for you depends on many factors including your age, occupation and employment status. To find out if you are eligible to apply for an Australian visa under one of these streams visit the Department of Home Affairs Visa Finder.
If you have a successful background in owning or managing a business or investments you may also be eligible to apply for business migration.

 

Skilled visas

Skilled visas are for eligible professionals or tradespersons. The skilled stream makes up approximately two thirds of Australia's total migration program and includes both temporary and permanent visas. The two main pathways are employer sponsored and independent or nominated. 

 Employer sponsoredIndependent Or nominated

Temporary migration

Temporary migration

 

Provisional migration

Permanent migration

Permanent migration

 

State nomination

To be eligible for certain visas, you must be nominated by a state or territory. Skilled Migration Western Australia (SMWA) nominates eligible applicants for two visa subclasses:

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190); and 

  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

To be eligible for State nomination, you must meet the State nomina​tion criteria​​ which include having an occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list​. Visit the Skilled​ Migration​ section for further information.

For occupations which require you to be licensed or registered before you are permitted to work in Western Australia, a positive skills assessment and State nomination are not a 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.

 

Regional certifying body

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is the regional certifying body for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) of the following regions: 

  • Cocos & Christmas Islands;

  • Gasgoyne;

  • Great Southern;

  • Kimberley;

  • Mid West;

  • Peel;

  • Pilbara;

  • South West; and

  • Wheatbelt.

Regional Development Australia is the RCB for the Goldfields-Esperance region; refer to their website for more information. 

Under the RSMS, employers can nominate skilled migrants for a full time vacancy where there is a genuine need for a paid employee and a local Australian applicant is not available.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development assesses employer nominations under the direct entry stream and provides advice to the Department of Home Affairs on whether the nomination meets certain criteria. Visit the RS​M​S​ section for more information.

News
New graduate stream for State nomination

A new graduate stream will be available for eligible applicants for State nomination from Western Australia. Information about eligibility and how to apply will be available on the migration portal in coming months.

If you would like to be notified when further information regarding this new stream is available please email migration@dtwd.wa.gov.au to be placed on a mailing list.

 
Fun Fact
Albany, founded in 1826 and located 409 km from Perth on the southern coast is the oldest settlement in Western Australia.