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2020–2021 Program Update - change to quota allocation

Tasmania has received a small increase of 350 additional places to our subclass 491 allocation. Demand for places remains high and no changes to assessment guidelines or processes will be made.

We will continue to accept applications for subclass 491 and 190 nominations until Friday, 11 June 2021 (5:00pm AEST) but cannot guarantee that all applications will be considered.

The 2021-22 State Nomination Program is expected to commence with a full quota in July 2021.

2020-21 Skilled Migration Program current nomination status

Tasmania’s nomination quota for the 2020–21 program year is:
Subclass 491 – 1750 places
Subclass 190 – 1000 places
Business migration – 45 places

Approximately 68% of total skilled visa (subclass 491 and 190) nomination places have been allocated.

Approximately 70% of subclass 491 places have been allocated.

While approximately 500 subclass 491 nomination places remain for the 2020–2021 program year more than 1400 number of nomination applications are waiting to be considered.

Application status

Subclass 190 – all nomination applications received by Friday, 11 June 2021 are expected to be considered and finalised before Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

Subclass 491 – nomination applications are continuing to be processed on an ongoing basis and eligible candidates ranked and nominated according to the priorities below

Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria or are not ranked as sufficiently competitive will be declined nomination.

Nomination priorities

  1. Critical employment – health, allied health, technology, infrastructure, engineering, technology – with a relevant skills assessment.
  2. Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) related employment and with a relevant skills assessment.
  3. Other skilled employment (ANZSCO 1-3) with a relevant skills assessment or business owners employing Australian citizens or permanent residents.
  4. All other eligible candidates, depending upon likely contribution to the local economy.

Applications are being considered according to these priorities, with those in critical roles nominated first.
Existing applicants who are not in critical roles are being considered only after priority applications for critical roles have been processed.
In practice, applications in priority categories 1-3 are assessed on an ongoing basis.
Periodically, other eligible applicants will be nominated if sufficient quota places are available.

Given the limited number of places remaining, priority 4 applicants may not receive advice on the outcome of their application for some weeks after their application is considered.

Critical roles

For Tasmania critical 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 including 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 and 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:
    • are 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.
Applications which are not able to be considered and ranked by Wednesday, 30 June 2021 will be closed and the service fee refunded.
Applications will not be refunded if they are processed but not ranked high enough to be nominated.
Competitive applicants with an expiring visa and no viable further visa options (such as subclass 485) may be considered as a priority where skilled employment is at risk, however visa expiry alone cannot be considered for prioritised assessment.

Applicants may first want to explore other visa options, including the Department of Home Affairs’ subclass 408 Pandemic Event stream visa.



Our 132 Business Talent and 188 Premium Investor streams have now closed.  

As part of reforms to the Business Innovation and Investment Program, the Department of Home Affairs has recently advised that relevant jurisdictions will no longer be able to submit nominations in SkillSelect
for the Subclass 188 Premium Investor stream and Subclass 132 Business Talent visa from 27 April 2021.

To ensure that there is sufficient time to consider all on-hand applications for state nomination lodged under these streams,
Migration Tasmania has closed the 132 Business Talent stream and 188 Premium Investor stream 
on Monday, 12 April 2021 at 5pm (AEDT).
No further applications will be accepted for these streams after this date.

(Updated: 13/04/2021)

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.