Migration Tasmania

for business and skilled migrants

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Subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa

Overview

This is a provisional visa which allows you to live and work in Tasmania for up to four years.

State nomination from Tasmania provides you with 10 additional points to help you qualify for a visa under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) point test.

You may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through the DIBP 887 visa after you have lived in Tasmania for two years and worked full-time (35 hours per week) for at least 1 year during that time.

Nomination Process

Nomination process diagram

DIBP Requirements

The Department of State Growth is responsible for issuing state nominations for the subclass 489 visa. To be eligible to apply, you must fulfil the requirements set by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Go to the DIBP website for further information on their requirements.

If you meet these key DIBP requirements, please go to Nomination Criteria to check your eligibility to apply for state nomination.

Nomination Criteria

If you are nominated by the Tasmanian Government for this visa you must commit to living in Tasmania for two years after your visa has been granted.

You must also meet any one of the following minimum requirements:

Category 1 – Tasmanian graduate

To be considered for this category, you must meet the following criteria:

  • completed and graduated from a CRICOS registered tertiary institution in Tasmania. The course undertaken:
    • must be either a degree (a bachelor or any higher degree), a diploma, an advanced diploma, or a trade qualification (minimum Cert III level for a skilled occupation in Major Group 3 in ANZSCO)
    • must have a minimum duration of one academic year (40 weeks)  
    • must be full time and on site in Tasmania.
  • currently in Tasmania and lived in the state for at least 12 months during your period of study (evidence needs to be provided);

OR

Category 2 – job offer

To be considered for this category you must have a formal job offer for a job that is based in Tasmania. Evidence of the job offer needs to be attached to the application (this could be an employment contract or formal letter providing an offer of employment).

You can meet this requirement if you work 35 hours per week in one full-time job or in two or more part-time jobs. You can include any paid employment, and you will need to be able to provide evidence of your employment claims.

The employer offering you employment must have been actively operating their business in Tasmania for the past 12 months. There needs to be a genuine need for your position within the business. This may be satisfied if there is:

  • an existing, current and genuine need for your position within the business
  • an ongoing need for your position and the capacity for the business to sustain the nominated position.

OR

Category 3A – Overseas Applicant

To be considered for this category you must be living overseas and meet the following criteria:

  • nominated occupation is listed on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL)
  • you, or any of your dependents have not lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months
  • achieved at least ‘Proficient English’ in a recognised English language test or hold a passport of the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada or New Zealand
  • researched the Tasmanian labour market and provide evidence (see Document Checklist) that there are sufficient employment opportunities (at least five and not more than eight opportunities) in your nominated occupation in Tasmania; and that you have:
  • skills and recent experience relevant to the researched employment opportunities
  • skills and experience relevant to the Tasmanian economy
  • access to sufficient financial assets to fund your migration and settlement in Tasmania while you seek employment

If your application is one of high calibre, and the Tasmanian Government is satisfied that you will be able to secure employment with ease due to your skills and previous work experience you may be invited to apply for the Subclass 190 - Skilled Nominated visa.

*On arrival in Tasmania, you need to be realistic about employment expectations as it can take up to three months to secure employment. The time it takes to gain employment will depend on several factors including the time of the year, skills, experience, employer requirements and your level of English language ability.  You will compete for employment vacancies with all people in the labour market as part of a normal selection process. You should ensure that you have sufficient financials available to support yourself and your family during this time.

OR

Category 3B – Overseas Applicant

To be considered for this category you must be living overseas and meet the following criteria:

  • received a formal job offer for a job that is based in Tasmania that is in-line with your nominated occupation
  • you, or any of your dependents have not lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months
  • the employer offering you employment must have been actively operating their business in Tasmania for the past 12 months
  • there needs to be a genuine need for your position within the business. This may be satisfied if there is:
    • an existing, current and genuine need for your position within the business
    • an ongoing need for your position and the capacity for the business to sustain the nominated position.

OR

Category 4 – Family in Tasmania

To be considered for this category you must have a family member who:

  • is an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen
  • has lived as a permanent resident or an Australian citizen in Tasmania for 12 months or more
  • is your parent, child, sibling, aunt, uncle, first cousin or grandparent
  • agrees to support you when you arrive in Tasmania and assist you in the process of gaining employment in Tasmania.  

OR

Category 5 – Small Business Owner

To be considered for this category you need to have a genuine intention to establish a business in Tasmania. This cannot be the establishment of a franchise nor purchase of an existing business, either part or whole, in Tasmania.

You would need to:

  • submit a comprehensive business plan with your application 
  • strongly demonstrate your past business or management experience in an industry at least closely related to your proposed business
  • provide evidence that you have substantial financial capacity to operate your business in Tasmania. Information about establishing a business in Tasmania can be found on the Business Tasmania website.    

Disclaimer

Please note that meeting any of the abovementioned nomination requirements does not guarantee that an application will be successful. Every application for visa nomination is assessed individually with a focus on your ability to address a number of assessment criteria, including:

  • your ability to meet the minimum requirements
  • the demand for your particular skills and expertise, and your ability to find work in Tasmania
  • the suitability and transferability of your qualifications, skills and experience – including any specialist capabilities - to the needs of Tasmania’s labour market
  • your ability and commitment to establishing yourself, and any dependents, in Tasmania with a view to your prospects for long-term settlement in the state

Apply

Document Checklist

Please ensure that you have all the required documentation. During your state nomination application process, you will be prompted to attach the following documents to lodge your application. You may also be contacted to produce additional documents while your application is being assessed. Do note that incomplete applications without the appropriate documentation may be refused even if you meet the nomination requirements.

SkillSelect EOI

Attach a copy of the Expression of Interest (EOI) record of response, which is issued to you once an EOI has been successfully lodged. The record of response details the personal, education, English and employment details as submitted by you.

If you intend to apply for state nomination, Tasmania must be selected as your preferred location on the EOI. If you select ‘any’ or express interest in living in another state or territory will not meet the criteria to be considered for state nomination in Tasmania.

Skilled occupation

Attach a copy of a current skill assessment in the nominated occupation.

Declaration of nomination obligations

If you are using a migration agent, you must attach the signed and witnessed declaration that you accept Tasmania’s nomination obligations.

If you are not using a migration agent, you can confirm that you acknowledge and accept Tasmania’s nomination obligations while completing the online application.

English

If you do not hold a passport issued by the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America, or Republic of Ireland attach a current English language proficiency test result (dated within the last three years).

Commitment to Tasmania statement

If you have been living in Tasmania for the past 12 months, explain in your own words in no more than two pages, what you love about living in Tasmania and why you want to continue living in the state for at least two more years following the granting of a visa.

If you are not currently living in Tasmania or recently moved, explain in your own words in no more than two pages, why you want to live in Tasmania for at least two years from date of permanent arrival.

In writing the Commitment to Tasmania statement, you should take into account the following points:

  • why Tasmania’s lifestyle suits your way of life more than any other city in Australia
  • include evidence that you have personally researched Tasmania’s lifestyle and attractions
  • avoid using statements that are obviously copied from other sources (and not written in your own words)
  • if your spouse / partner (if applicable) intend to work, include evidence that they have also researched employment opportunities in Tasmania and are satisfied that they will be successful in attaining employment
  • if you have studied or lived in another Australian state or territory within the last 12 months indicate why you want to move away to Tasmania instead
  • if your spouse / partner or any dependents have studied or lived in another Australian state or territory within the last 12 months indicate whether they will be moving with you to the state, and if not, why not.

Personal information

Attach a copy of your passport. This must be current (valid for travel purposes) and show your personal details and any pages showing Australian visas.

Attach a copy of your current visa grant notification. For bridging visa holders, attach a copy of the visa grant notification for the last substantive visa you held.

Attach a copy of your spouse / de facto partner’s passport (if applicable).

If you are using a migration agent, attach a completed and signed form 956 Advice by a migration agent / exempt person of providing immigration assistance.

Employment

If you have received an offer of employment attach evidence of this offer – such as an employment contract or a formal letter of employment.

If you are currently employed, attach evidence of employment. This must include a copy of your employment contract and your most recent two payslips (if applicable).

If you are currently studying or have completed a postgraduate course at a Tasmanian tertiary institution, and are in receipt of a stipend or living allowance (that covers your living expenses) that is ongoing for at least three months from your state nomination application date, please attach evidence of this.

Employability

If you are an overseas applicant with no employment in Tasmania (Category 3A), attach evidence that are, currently, sufficient employment opportunities in your nominated occupation that are relevant to your skill set and recent experience. The evidence must include:

  • Personal research into recent advertised positions relevant to the nominated occupation (a minimum of five vacancies and not more than eight. You must provide a copy of the full advertisement (saved as a .pdf):
    • It is essential that the date of the job advertisement as well as the location of the job are clearly displayed
    • Web links alone are not acceptable and, if provided without the accompanying advertisement, will result in the criterion not being met
  • An employment statement for each advertisement. You must explain how your qualifications, knowledge and experience relate to and meet the requirements for each of the job advertisements.

Please note:

  • You must be able to demonstrate that you have the relevant qualifications, skill set and work experience etc. to meet the criteria of the advertised position; for example if the position requires:
    • a certain number of years relevant work experience: you must have that experience
    • a minimum qualification: you must hold that qualification
    • Australian work experience: you must have that experience
  • Job advertisements must be recent. Advertisements must be dated no more than six weeks before submission of the application
  • Job advertisements must be relevant to the nominated occupation; for example:
    • if the nominated occupation is a Real Estate Agent we will not accept jobs for Property Manager
    • if the nominated occupation is HR Advisor we will not accept jobs for recruitment consultants
    • if the nominated occupation is for a manager, we will not accept assistant, support or junior positions

Australian qualifications

If you are a Tasmanian Graduate (Category 1) and have completed a CRICOS course at a Tasmanian tertiary institution, attach evidence of your educational qualifications, academic transcript and a completion letter from the institution.

Work experience

Attach your Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume which clearly states personal details, educational qualifications and work experience to date.

For overseas applicants with no employment offers, it must be clear that you have enough recent experience in your nominated occupation to be employable in Tasmania.

Financial capacity

If you are not currently living in Tasmania, attach your signed Declaration of Financial Capacity to show that you have access to sufficient financial resources to fund your migration to Australia (click here for the form). Your signature on the Declaration of Financial Capacity must be witnessed by an authorised person.

You must have access to funds to support your settlement while you are securing employment in Tasmania. If you have not already secured employment in Tasmania. you need to be realistic about employment expectations once you arrive in the state as it can take up to three months or longer to secure employment. This timeframe is only indicative, as the employment market fluctuates at different times of the year. Your ability to secure employment quickly will depend on your research of the Tasmanian labour market and the relevance of your skill set and experience to the market.

You are not required to provide documentary evidence to support your financial position with your application. However, you must be able to provide such documents if requested by your case officer.

Family relationships

If you are applying under the ‘Family in Tasmania’ category, attach:

  • statutory declaration of family member (click HERE for the form)
  • letter of support from your Tasmanian relative
  • passport and / or birth certificates which evidence the nature of the relationship
  • evidence that they have resided in Tasmania for at least the last 12 months, which may include a residential agreement, utility bills, or bank statements of everyday transactions in Tasmania the past 12 months
  • evidence of their Australian residency / citizenship.

If you have family living in other parts of Australia, attach a statement explaining why you have chosen to live in Tasmania and not with them in their state / territory.

Nomination by another Australian state / territory

If you have currently or previously applied to another Australian state or territory for nomination of a skilled migration visa, you must attach a statement explaining why you are now applying for state nomination with Tasmania.

Currently in Tasmania

If you are not an overseas applicant attach bank statements to demonstrate that you are currently living in Tasmania. The statements must show activity such as ATM withdrawals and evidence of income or shopping expenditure. A residential agreement will also be sufficient.

Also provide evidence that your dependants are living in Tasmania such as a copy of a driver’s licence, proof of employment or bank statements.

Small business owner

If you are applying for state nomination as a small business owner, attach a comprehensive business plan together with your application. Details on how to draft a business plan can be found on the Business Tasmania website. Include in your business plan how your previous experience in the relevant industry will help you conduct the business in Tasmania.

Common questions

Do I need an Expression of Interest (EOI) to apply?

Yes, please get an EOI from SkillSelect and select Tasmania before you apply for Tasmanian Government general skilled migration visa nomination.

Can I study anything to fulfil the requirement of recently graduating in Tasmania after studying in the state for one or more years?

You must also ensure your skills will be recognised, by getting a skills assessment for an occupation on the Combined list of eligible skilled occupations. To claim Australian study points you must study in Australia for two years. To claim regional study points you must study in a regional area for two years.

When applying for a student visa, you must meet the DIBP Genuine Temporary Entry (GTE) requirement.  This means that when you apply for the student visa it must be for the genuine purpose of study.  It is not advisable to choose to study in Australia for the sake of a migration outcome.

If I have been given Tasmanian Government nomination for a visa, does this mean I will be granted the visa?

Tasmanian Government nomination does not guarantee a visa will be granted. State nomination is the first step, then you need to apply for a visa to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

How long will it take to get my Tasmanian Government visa nomination?

For general skilled migration we require up to 8 weeks to assess an application. Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) requires 10 business days. Click on the link to find out how long DIBP will take to assess a: