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).
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 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.