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2020–2021 Program Update

The Tasmanian Nominated Skilled Migration Program is now open to general applications.


Tasmania has now received its full nomination quota for the 2020 – 21 program year. The full allocation is made up of:
Subclass 491 – 1400 places
Subclass 190 – 1000 places
Business migration – 45 places

Approximately 40% of skilled visa nomination places have been used.

INFORMATION WEBINAR – Program updates explained

Here is the link to view the recorded webinar from Tuesday, 9 February 2021.

Nomination process and Priorities from 29 January 2021

While the program will be open to all applicants who meet the minimum published requirements, the Department of Home Affairs has directed that all nominations must be justifiable in relation to their likely contribution to Australia’s economic recovery, and follow three priorities:

  1. High quality subclass 188 and 132 (Business Innovation and Investment Program) nomination applications
  2. Applicants critical to supporting Tasmania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including individuals providing critical or specialist medical services, critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services, or delivering services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery
  3. Applicants currently in Australia who can demonstrate their capacity to meaningfully contribute to economic recovery through skilled employment.

What does this mean for applicants?

All new and existing nomination applications will be considered according to these priorities, with those in critical roles being nominated first.

Existing applicants who are not in critical roles will be considered only after priority applications for critical roles have been processed.

In practice, applicants in critical roles will be approved and nominated on an ongoing basis. Periodically, other eligible applicants who have demonstrated their capacity to contribute to economic recovery will be nominated if there are sufficient places available.

*What are critical roles?

For Tasmania these roles include people:

  • engaged by Tasmanian Government and directly assisting in Tasmania’s COVID-19 response
  • providing critical or specialist medical services or delivering medical supplies potentially associated with the COVID-19 response. This includes all general nursing and medical positions with the Tasmanian Health Service
  • directly involved in the supply of essential goods and services (medical technology, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, agricultural technology, food production, and the maritime industry) including highly skilled and specialised roles in:
    • infrastructure engineering and maintenance such as dams, large-/high-complexity bridges, irrigation schemes, transport logistics planning and maintenance
    • agriculture such as artificial insemination technicians, wool classers, livestock pregnancy scanners
    • the supply of essential goods and services which would be in jeopardy without the applicant.
  • delivering services in sectors critical to economic recovery such as financial technology, large scale manufacturing, film and television production and emerging technology which:
    • must be high-value/highly-skilled/specialised roles
    • would normally include a significant and recognised contribution to export income, significant flow-on employment and economic benefits, high-value national/ international exposure.

Lower skilled positions such as retail workers, harvest labour, delivery drivers, or warehouse staff are not considered to be critical roles.

What is a genuine, ongoing and meaningful contribution to the Tasmanian economy?

Every nomination must be justified in terms of an applicant’s potential to contribute to economic recovery in Tasmania. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate how they meet this requirement.

Supporting claims may include:

  • employment in highly skilled, hard to fill roles
  • high value skills or experience not readily found in the local community
  • long-term high-value financial contribution to the local economy leading to additional employment outcomes for locals
  • involvement in Tasmanian business or enterprise that is significantly reliant on the applicant’s ongoing presence in Tasmania
  • a clear, plausible potential to live in Tasmania and contribute to the development of skills which are needed in Tasmania.

Further guidance can be found in in our Frequently Asked Questions


What does this mean for Subclass 188 and 132 visa nomination applications?

As Business Migration program reopens, all new business nominations must be of high quality that support Australia’s COVID-19 recovery effort.

What does this mean for prospective business investors?

Migration Tasmania is seeking interest from high calibre business investors who can make a significant contribution to Tasmania’s economy. We are looking for business proposals which display some of the following key attributes:

  1. Investment in a regional area (which generally excludes Hobart CBD and suburbs)
  2. Generation and/or retention of local jobs for Tasmanians.
  3. Investment in key sector/s that will benefit Tasmania’s economy which may include:
  • Aquaculture, Agriculture and Agribusiness
  • Minerals and Mining
  • Forestry and Timber
  • Antarctic and Marine Science
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Creative Industry
  • Community Infrastructures that enhance a region’s liveability
  • Renewal Energy
  • Bio Renewal/Waste Recycle
  • Food production
  1. Generation of significant flow-on opportunities for other sectors and/or economic growth
  2. Partnership with at least one Tasmanian business partner who is a permanent resident or an Australian citizen.
  3. Transfer of new capital investment
  4. Expansion of trade in Tasmanian goods and/or services
  5. Development of export markets for Tasmanian products or replacement of imports
  6. Introduction of new skills, expertise, technologies or innovations that are currently unavailable in Tasmania.
  7. Environmentally sustainable initiatives that build on Tasmania’s established environmental principles.

Prospective applicants can show interest by completing a short “intention to apply” form, providing details of their background, experience and plans. Migration Tasmania will contact those with the best value proposition and invite them to provide full application details.

Full details are provided on the Business Migration website page.