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
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.
To be eligible for certain visas, you must be nominated by a state or territory. WA Migration Services nominates eligible applicants for two visa subclasses:
To be eligible for State nomination, you must meet the State nomination criteria which includes having an occupation available and eligible for the intending visa subclass on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list or the Graduate occupation list, depending on the stream you intend to use. Visit the Welcome to Western Australia Migration Services 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. See the skills recognition pathways section for further information.
Regional certifying body
The Department of Training and Workforce Development, through Western Australia Migration Services, is the regional certifying body (RCB) for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) in the following regions of Western Australia (excluding the Goldfields-Esperance region). The Perth metroplitan area is not eligible for the RSMS.
- Cocos and Christmas Islands
- Great Southern
- Mid Wes
- South West
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 RSMS section for more information.
Regional Development Australia is the RCB for the Goldfields–Esperance region. Contact them directly to find out more about the assessment process.
T: +61 8 9091 6051 (from outside Australia)
Designated Area Migration Agreement
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has established a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the Department of Home Affairs. This agreement has its own occupation list providing employers in the region with access to a broader range of skilled workers, utilising the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) and the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186).
The Western Australian Government is not formally involved in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder DAMA. Employers in this region should contact the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for further information.
T: +61 8 9021 9600 (from outside Australia)