If you have graduated from a tertiary institution in Tasmania after studying in the state for at least one academic year (40 weeks at a CRICOS registered institution) you may be considered for a state nominated visa.
Study must be full-time and on campus. This does not include online or distance education (unless mandated due to COVID-related lockdowns).
Study must have been at least 75% of a 100% study load in each semester.
VET courses must involve at least 20 scheduled contact hours per week unless otherwise specified by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
For more information on nomination requirements please view our visa options for skilled migrants.
Give yourself the best chance
We recognise that international students who study in Tasmania have the potential to not only contribute economically to the state, but to also play a valuable role in enhancing Tasmania’s cultural diversity.
As more and more international graduates are attracted by Tasmania’s environment and way of life, state nomination has become increasingly competitive. We receive only a limited number of nominations places every year by the Australian Government and unfortunately not every applicant can be nominated.
If you are thinking about seeking Tasmanian nomination after completing your studies, the information below may help you plan your future.
What should I study?
We are most interested in graduates who can make a positive contribution to the state through skilled employment either now or in the future. Your likelihood of nomination will be increased if your Tasmanian studies or other skills and experiences are related to our skills needs.
Australian Jobs provides detailed information about where you could focus your training to find work after graduating.
Acceptable courses of study for Tasmanian Graduate category nomination must be with a CRICOS registered tertiary institution in Tasmania
- All courses must be completed full time and on campus.
- Study duration must be at least one academic year for the subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa. For the subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa, your study must meet the Australian study requirement (or if commenced after 30 June 2021 be at least 2 years).
- Degree, (bachelor, masters or any higher degree), or a diploma (standard, advanced, associate or graduate) courses are eligible.
- Graduate Certificate courses are not eligible.
- Certificate 3 and 4 study must be related to a trade qualification (minimum Cert III level for a skilled occupation in Major Group 3 in ANZSCO) occupation, or if commenced after 30 June 2021 directly related to a Priority Industry Training and Workforce Development Area.
- If you held a visa that was NOT a Student visa (subclass 500) at the time you completed your last course of study in Tasmania, the study MUST be directly related to a Priority Industry Training and Workforce Development Area.
- Your study does not need to be related to your nominated occupation, however, a relevant skills assessment will be highly regarded.
Who should I study with?
All study must be with a CRICOS registered tertiary institution in Tasmania.
You should research and choose a provider who you think can best provide the study or training for your needs and interests.
- The CRICOS register lists all institutions and their courses registered in Tasmania.
- The MySkills website provides details of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and providers according to occupation and area of interest.
- The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) regulates) VET courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met.
- The training.gov.au National Register of VET collates details of ASQA’s regulatory decisions, including any current sanctions.
- The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Authority regulates tertiary education providers and their courses.
- The TEQSA National Register publishes information about accredited providers and courses, and any regulatory decisions.
What else is Tasmania looking for?
Tasmania needs enthusiastic, skilled people who want to settle and make a genuine contribution to the economy and community. Along with skills you have and the study you have completed in Tasmania, we will also consider the following factors:
- skills and experience of accompanying family members
- practical and sustainable business investment and activity in Tasmania
- other contributions – what else have you done to apply and improve your skills In Tasmania? For example, volunteering and any community activities.
Do I need to have a job?
Employment or business operation is only one aspect we consider when assessing nomination applications from Tasmanian graduates.
We will give regard to employment and business operation where:
- the employer is well established in Tasmania
- the employment has been more than 3 months in duration
- the business owned by the applicant has been operating for at least 6 months
- where candidates have been employed in the dairy, meat, accommodation, logistics or farming industry they should have completed relevant industry training of at least Cert III (or equivalent training provided by industry peak bodies)
While employment can show you have a genuine capacity to contribute and a commitment to stay in Tasmania, we also recognise that many graduates have focused on their study and have only just begun to develop their professional career in Tasmania.
Career Plan and Employability Analysis
- Career Plan
- This should demonstrate your prospects for skilled employment, explain your longer-term career intentions and how your skills and experience will help you to realise them.
- Employability Analysis
- This should include your research of current job advertisements (copies are not required) and explain how they are relevant to your study, skills and experience.
Use this template for your career plan and employability analysis.
International students get access to valuable work experience opportunities during their studies, allowing them to develop professional networks which they can use to get a job when they graduate. Many entrepreneurial graduates may establish businesses in Tasmania which boost the economy and create local jobs.
While current employment is not mandatory, if you are applying for state nomination in the Tasmanian Graduate category, work experience relating to your study or previous skills and experience may be considered favourably. If you are not yet in employment or are currently working in a lower skilled occupation, outlining your planned path to employment in your career plan by using your past and present study along with work experience will help to demonstrate your prospects for future skilled employment here in Tasmania.
We will look for the following in your plan.
- Have you researched the local job market in your intended career area? For example, do you know the requirements of the skilled career you want to pursue? Do you understand the opportunities available for you in the job market that can help you on your career path?
- Have you thought about how your skillsets suit your intended career? How have your studies and experiences increased your ability to find skilled employment in Tasmania? What skillsets have you developed to help you?
- What other activities have you engaged in that align with your career plan? For example, current and past employment, volunteering, projects, internships, mentoring professional networking, training. Have you taken advantage of the career support offered by your education provider?
- If you are currently employed, how can you use this employment help you reach your career goals?
- Keep your career plan to one A4 page.
- Use clear, short sentences, or dot points.
- Show how your study, volunteering, internship, casual or part-time work experiences will help you gain employment in Tasmania.
- Provide detailed research of the Tasmanian job market and the positions that are relevant to your background.
- Provide evidence of jobs you have applied for and how your skills and experiences make you suitable for those positions.
- Do your research and write your own submissions that reflect your unique experiences.
- Check the information provided by Fair Work Australia to ensure that your employment conditions are fair, comply with Australian laws and that you are not being exploited to gain state nomination.
- Use small fonts and extended margins to fit more on the page.
- Use long sentences to describe your plans and experiences.
- Don’t restrict your job search only to positions directly related to your
study/occupation (eg, Accountant, studied Master Professional Accounting, seeking only Accounting positions). There may be other jobs you are suitable for, which will give you the experience you need to develop your skilled career.
- Don’t copy other people’s job research, career plans or commitment statements – it’s unlikely to be convincing. It is highly unlikely that we will nominate someone who has submitted a plagiarised career plan without their own research and genuine career planning.
- Having confidence in your skills and abilities is an important part of the job search process so put forward a comprehensive, targeted and genuine application.
There is a range of resources that can help you with your employment research and career planning. These include
- Employment Information Hub - Migration Tasmania, in partnership with Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania, supports the Employment Information Hub.
The hub is an initiative of the Migrant Network Tasmania to deliver industry and employment insights to help state-sponsored skilled migrants and international students establish careers in Tasmania.
More information is available on the Migrant Network Tasmania website.