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Getting visa nomination from the Victorian Government can make it easier for you to meet the requirements for an Australian visa.

What is visa nomination?

When you apply for an Australian visa using SkillSelect, Australian state and territory government agencies can view your application and decide to nominate you for a visa. If a state or territory nominates you, they are telling the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that your skills and experience are needed in their state or territory. Nomination can improve your chances of securing an Australian visa.

Some visas require nomination from a state or territory government. The Victorian Government offers visa nomination to selected investor, business and skilled migrants that have skill sets and business experience which are needed to help Victoria's industries be globally competitive.

What is visa sponsorship?

Like visa nomination, visa sponsorship is a type of support that a state or territory government can provide to applicants for different business and investor visas. The Victorian Government can provide you with visa sponsorship if you require it for your visa application.

There is no charge for Victorian visa nomination.

Victorian visa nomination is:

  • an opportunity to improve your ability to get an Australian visa
  • a requirement for some visa applications
  • recognition of highly skilled and employable professionals or tradespeople with skills and experience needed in Victoria
  • free.

Victorian visa nomination is not a visa application. You must apply for a visa with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection but please note that visa nomination does not guarantee the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will grant a visa.

How do you know if you qualify for Victorian visa nomination?

To be eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination, you must:

How to apply for Victorian visa nomination

If you are eligible to apply for visa nomination, you can lodge an application online here.

Business visa nomination and sponsorship

To keep Victoria’s industries globally competitive, the Victorian Government also provides visa nomination and sponsorship to investor and business migrants.

Find out more about business visas that are available for visa nomination and sponsorship.

Skilled visa nomination

The Victorian Government provides visa nomination to talented individuals with advanced qualifications, skills and experience that are critical for Victoria's industries to be globally competitive.

Learn more about skilled migration visas

Visa nomination occupation lists

Our Visa Nomination Occupation Lists identify occupations that are eligible for visa nomination along with their minimum requirements (including English language and work experience requirements as well as specialisations).

Limited nomination places are available and Victorian visa nomination is only offered to highly skilled and employable applicants.

Assessment criteria

Every application for skilled visa nomination is assessed individually against assessment criteria that includes:

  • the ability to meet the minimum eligibility criteria
  • the demand for individual skills, expertise and prospects of finding employment in Victoria
  • the suitability of qualifications, skills and experience – including any specialist capabilities – to the needs of Victoria’s labour market
  • commitment to settling in Victoria permanently.  

Meeting the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee nomination.

Streamlined pathway for visa nomination

The Victorian Government offers a streamlined pathway for skilled visa nomination for international PhD graduates and current or recent Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) holders. If you are applying through this streamlined pathway, you will receive fast-tracked processing where your application is assessed within two weeks.

Find out more about streamlined pathways for international graduates with a PhD and current or recent Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) holders.

Other sponsorship

You can also be sponsored by an employer in Victoria or a family member living in Victoria. For more information on these visas visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection's visa finder can also help you to identify the most appropriate visa for your circumstances.