190 VIC and 491 VIC State Nomination

Here, we discuss the current Victorian State nomination requirements, in force as of 21 October 2021. The Victorian State Nomination criteria are as follows:

  • Live and work in Victoria
  • Have STEMM skills (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine)
  • Work in a “Victorian Target Sector” using said STEMM skills
  • Meet all prerequisites set by the Department of Home Affairs

Living and Working In Victoria

All candidates for Victorian nomination must be living in the State of Victoria and be employed in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation. Casual employment will also be accepted. For those pursuing the Subclass 491 visa, this residency and employment must be within regional Victoria.

It is crucial that applicants substantiate their Victorian residency and employment. Such evidence may include residential tenancy agreements, utility notices, payslips, tax documents and work reference letters. Those living along state boundaries may be subject to careful scrutiny and may look to provide additional evidence of their links with regional Victoria.

Victorian Migration Sectors

Victoria will only accept applications from persons currently working in a STEMM related occupation within one of the below listed industry and service sectors:

  • Health (See additional details for nurses below)
  • Medical Research
  • Life Sciences
  • Digital (See additional details for ICT professionals below)
  • Agri-food
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • New Energy
  • Emissions Reduction
  • Circular Economy

Note that those pursuing the Subclass 491 regional visa must be living and working in regional Victoria. Further, for both Subclass 190 and 491 casual employment will be considered.

Nursing Occupations

Victoria has allocated a significant number of nomination places to nursing occupations, but not all sub-specialisations will be considered. To be nominated as a nurse in Victoria, you must be one of the following occupations:

  • Midwife – 254111
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) – 254412
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) – 254415
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) – 254422
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) – 254423
  • Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) – 254425

Nurses working directly with a nursing home, hospital or similar provider will be given priority over agency nurses.

Digital Occupations

Depending on whether you are pursuing a Subclass 190 or Subclass 491 visa, the scope of eligible ICT occupations will vary. Whilst all digital industries are eligible under Subclass 491, only the following digital sectors can qualify for nomination under Subclass 190:

  • AgriTech
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cyber security
  • Digital games
  • EduTech
  • Energy and resources tech
  • FinTech
  • GPS imaging and geospatial
  • Health and EddTech
  • Robotics and automation
  • Smart cities and infrastructure tech
  • Transport tech

Priority Business Precincts

Under Subclass 190, employment in particular business precincts offer priority selection to prospective nominees:

  • Parkville
  • Docklands
  • Footscray

Of particular interest is the Parkville precinct, which houses Victoria’s major medical research hub. Similarly, Melbourne’s Docklands precinct is home to major corporations spanning sectors such as banking, finance, professional services, construction and media. Footscray is set to become a significant travel hub with great connectivity, whilst also boasting strong projected growth within the healthcare and social services sectors.

With the Victorian government partnering with community stakeholders in relation to the above target precincts, those fortunate enough to secure target sector employment therein will benefit from state-directed development projects in these areas.

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