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New skilled visa nomination changes came into effect on Monday 10 September 2018.  See our News section for more information.

Please note, program eligibility criteria are subject to change without notice.  


The Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) allows skilled workers to live and work in specified regional areas in Australia for up to four years.

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) can provide a pathway to Australian permanent residence. The visa is administered by the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Home Affairs.

The Victorian Government offers visa nomination under the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) for highly skilled and eligible professionals and tradespeople who want to live and work in regional Victoria.

If you plan to lodge an application for Victorian visa nomination, read this information and check the Department of Home Affairs website to ensure you meet all visa eligibility requirements.

You must be nominated by a state or territory government, or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area in Australia.


In order to receive a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489), you will need to meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:


You must be below age 45 to lodge an application for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

English language

Meet the English language requirements as specified on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists.

All applicants must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least six in each band score. Certain occupations require a higher standard of English for the purpose of state nomination - these occupations are specified on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists. Applicants who are currently working in their nominated occupation in Victoria and have been for at least six months, may be exempt from meeting higher English language requirements and should apply for nomination.   

Alternative English language tests are accepted.  Applicants can obtain the IELTS equivalent in any of the following Department of Home Affairs' accepted language tests: OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).

You must upload a scanned copy of your English language test results as part of the online nomination application. 

Please note: If you are a citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand, you are not required to submit an English language test. 


Your occupation must be listed on one of the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists.

If your nominated occupation has additional requirements, such as specialisations, work experience requirements and additional English language requirements, these are noted on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists.

To apply for Victorian visa nomination under the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) you must have a current job offer in your nominated occupation within a regional area of Victoria. You can find out more about regional Victoria areas (including postcodes).

Work experience

Work experience in your nominated occupation must be post qualification.

Check the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists for any additional work experience requirements for your occupation.


When you migrate to regional Victoria, you need to ensure that you have enough financial resources available for you and any of your dependants. Financial resource requirements are in place to ensure you can support yourself and your family before you find work.

See the table below for minimum required financial resources for visa nomination.

Onshore applicants
Working in nominated occupation  
Not working in nominated occupation
See offshore requirements below
Offshore applicants

Number of dependents
Australian dollars (A$)
Individual applicant
1 $35,000
2 $40,000
3 $50,000
4 $60,000
5 $70,000
6 or more

Offer of employment

You must provide evidence of a genuine regional Victorian job offer to support your nomination application for this visa.

The offer must be for work within a regional area of Victoria. A list of regional Victorian areas, including postcodes can be found on the Department of Home Affairs’ website.

To demonstrate evidence of a genuine regional job offer, you are required to provide:

  • a Confirmation of Employment Statement;
  • a signed contract/ letter of offer which includes your employer’s Australian Business Number (ABN) and contact details;
  • an official position description from your employer outlining your main tasks and duties.

The current employment offer must be in the nominated occupation for permanent (not casual) work, for at least 20 hours per week, and for at least six continuous months.

During our assessment of your visa nomination application, our office will need to be satisfied that:

  • there is a genuine need for the position within the business;
  • the business is active/ operating in regional Victoria and is committed to employing you in a regional area;
  • you have obtained the employment offer through a merit-based process.

Should our office not be satisfied with the genuine nature of the job offer we may request further documentation to support the application.


You and your migration agent (if applicable) must read, understand and sign the Victorian nomination declaration in order to be considered for Victorian visa nomination. See the Skilled Regional Declaration form for more information.

Detailed resume or curriculum vitae (CV)

Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is a critical document used to assess your suitability for Victorian visa nomination. It must provide evidence of skills and work experience and a detailed, chronological list of all relevant employment.

You should take the time to ensure your CV is professionally presented, descriptive and provides our assessors and industry advisors with a comprehensive reflection of your skills, work readiness, employment history and work experience. You should explain any gaps in employment.

Your CV should be no more than four pages long and must include:

  • detailed descriptions of relevant tasks and responsibilities performed within all employment
  • dates of employment (including month and year)
  • dates of education and training.

See our sample CV for a guide on preparing your CV.

Skills assessment

A skills assessment must match the occupation you have nominated and is a required document at the time of lodging your visa nomination application.

To find out where you can have your skills assessed, go to the skills assessment and assessing authorities section on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Department of Home Affairs requirements

Successfully gaining Victorian visa nomination does not guarantee that you will be granted an Australian visa. You must also meet the Department of Home Affairs' eligibility requirements for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

Your application will be refused if your CV is too brief or does not include these details. If your application is refused, you must wait for six months before you are eligible to reapply.


How to apply for Victorian visa nomination

There are five steps to work through for Victorian visa nomination. You must first meet the minimum eligibility requirements, but this does not guarantee an offer of nomination.

Step 1: Prepare your documents

When you lodge your online application, you must provide:

  • a detailed resume or CV
  • a Skilled Regional Declaration form
  • a skills assessment
  • English language test results or, if exempt, a copy of your passport bio page
  • evidence of licensing/registration (if applicable)
  • an offer of employment (if applicable)
  • copy of the PhD completion letter (if applicable)
  • copy of your 457 visa documents (if applicable).

You may be requested to provide additional documents if your application proceeds in the selection process. These documents may include:

  • trade qualification/certificates
  • education transcripts.

If these documents are requested, you will be given reasonable time to provide them.

Step 2: Lodge your nomination application

You can lodge your application for Victorian nomination online here and submit all supporting documents through our online application system.

If you experience technical difficulties, please email

Fees and charges

There is no application fee for Victorian visa nomination.

Family members and dependants

Include any dependants in the visa nomination application that you intend to include in your visa application with the Department of Home Affairs.

Step 3: Confirm acceptance of visa nomination offer within four months

Victorian visa nomination is valid for four months from the date of the nomination notification email. Within this time period you will need to:

  1. lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect
  2. select Victoria as your preference, and
  3. notify the Victorian Government of this by providing your EOI ID.

SkillSelect is the Australian Government’s online system that enables skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an EOI. Visit the Department of Home Affairs' SkillSelect to find out more information.

If you have registered your EOI on SkillSelect and you are nominated by the Victorian Government, you will automatically receive an invitation to apply from the Department of Home Affairs, subject to the number of limited positions available.  

If we do not receive your valid EOI ID within the four-month period, your application will expire and your file will be closed.

Hard copies of documents are not accepted. You will need to submit scanned copies of documents as part of your online nomination application.

Step 4: Lodge your visa application

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for issuing and administering all Australian visas. Contact the Department directly or visit their website for information about lodging your visa application, visa requirements, obligations and processing times.

When you lodge your visa application with the Department, please notify the Victorian Government by emailing

Step 5: Notify us of your visa outcome

As part of your visa nomination commitment, you must notify us of your visa outcome by emailing:

Processing time

The average processing time for Victorian skilled visa nomination is currently 12 weeks. This may vary depending on the occupation and in some instances it may take longer to assess applications.

You (or your migration agent) will be notified of the outcome of your nomination application by email.

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for issuing and administering all Australian visas.

Assessment criteria

Every application for Victorian 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 eligibility criteria
  • the demand for your particular skills and expertise and your ability to find work in Victoria
  • the suitability and transferability of your qualifications, skills and experience – including any specialist capabilities – to the needs of Victoria’s labour market, and
  • your ability and commitment to establishing yourself, and any dependants, in Victoria with a view to long-term settlement in Victoria.

Applicants who best meet the assessment criteria will be offered nomination.

Nomination obligations

There are several obligations that every Victorian visa nomination applicant needs to complete as part of the application process.

Notification of visa grant and arrival

You must email us with notification of the Department of Home Affairs' decision on your visa application. Use the email when you find out the outcome of your application.

If you are living outside Australia, you do not need to arrive in Australia before a certain date for the purpose of Victorian visa nomination. However, the Department of Home Affairs usually stipulates a date by which you must enter Australia on your visa. Contact the Department directly with any queries about this requirement.

You must email us at with notification of your arrival to Australia.

  • need to notify us of your arrival to Australia
  • are granted a permanent residency visa from the Department of Home Affairs.

Live and work in regional Victoria

A primary obligation of the Victorian visa nomination application process is that you and any of your dependants must live and work in regional Victoria while you are living in Australia under this visa.

Read more about living and working in regional Victoria.

For a list of eligible postcodes in regional Victoria visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Complete five email surveys

There are five short surveys that you must complete over a two-year period after arrival. The surveys will be emailed to you.

You will receive your first survey when you arrive in Australia and then you will receive one every six months.

The responses and feedback in the surveys are used to evaluate and improve the Victorian Government’s Skilled and Business Migration Program.


While we hope you are able to continue your career within your nominated occupation, it is not mandatory to continue to work in your nominated occupation.

Find out more

More information on the visa eligibility requirements and visa application process is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.




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