2021-22 Skilled Migration Program now open in Tasmania

Tasmanian 2021-22 Skilled Migration Program provides more opportunities for Tasmanian graduates and skilled migrants with thousands of permanent residency places available.


Tasmania Skilled Migration Visas

Tasmania has designed its skilled migration program for people who have skills in need by the local employers. The state also welcomes applicants with the capacity to settle in Tasmania through skilled employment in the long term.

If you have qualifications that Tasmania requires, the following visas options are available for you as a skilled migrant:

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

Tasmania’s nomination quota for the 2021–22 program year is:

  • Subclass 491 – 2200 places
  • Subclass 190 – 1100 places

Around 500 of these places are expected to be used for applications carried over from the 2020-21 program year.


Changes to Tasmania Skilled Migration Nomination Requirements:

Only minimal changes have been made to nomination requirements for the 2021-22 program year. 

A summary of this information is below:


Tasmanian Graduates (Category 1)

  • Employment not necessary for this category

Employment is not a minimum requirement for the Tasmanian Graduate nomination category however evidence of employment or business operation will be taken into consideration in our assessment where:

  • the employer is well established and has been operating in Tasmania for at least 12 months
  • the employment has been for more than 3 months in duration
  • the business owned by the applicant has been operating for at least 6 months, or
  • where candidates have been employed in the dairy, meat, accommodation, logistics or farming industry for at least the previous 6 months prior to lodging their application for nomination, they should have completed relevant industry training of at least Cert III (or equivalent training provided by industry peak bodies),
  • International Student Graduates guidance page


Working in Tasmania (category 2)

  • 3 months minimum TSOL employment

Candidates who have a skills assessment for an occupation on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List will be eligible for subclass 491 nomination after working in a related position for a minimum of three months.

  • Acknowledgement of sponsor employer for current subclass 482 holders

To help demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in Tasmania, applicants who currently hold a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) and who have worked less than 12 months with their Tasmanian-based sponsoring employer must provide a letter of support from their current sponsoring employer.

  • Additional guidance regarding “a well-established business operating in Tasmania”

A well-established business actively operating in Tasmania would be normally be expected to have:

  • permanent business signage
  • an active/ongoing online presence, advertising and marketing
  • a Tasmanian address as a registered business location
  • a local landline contact number
  • an ongoing office space (not a residential address) that is not ‘casual’ or ‘virtual’ (including corporate/co-shared offices), and
  • permanent representation of employees at the stated business location.
  • Semi-skilled employment – demonstrating development prospects through industry-based training

A period of industry-based training while working with their employer may demonstrate career development prospects for lower skilled employment or substitute for existing qualifications not available in larger population centres.



Changes to Nomination Requirements

Tasmanian Graduates (Category 1)

International students who have graduated from a tertiary institution in Tasmania after studying in the state for at least one academic year (40 weeks at a CRICOS registered institution) may be eligible for a state nominated visa.


Employment is not a minimum requirement for the Tasmanian Graduate nomination category.


However, applicants with occupation on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) or the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) have a better chance of getting a nomination. In short, the Tasmanian Government particularly values people who have studied or have experience in:

  • Health
  • Engineering
  • Digital
  • Agri-food
  • Trades and construction
  • Community services (including aged and disability care).


Working in Tasmania (category 2)

Candidates who have a skills assessment for an occupation on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List will be eligible for subclass 491 nomination after working in a related position for a minimum of three months.

A period of industry-based training while working with their employer may demonstrate career growth opportunities for lower-skilled employment or serve as a replacement for current qualifications not available in larger cities.


Tasmania Skilled Visa nomination priorities

For its 2021-22 Skilled Migration Program Tasmania has shared a list of nomination priorities. The state will be giving priority to the following candidates:

  • Applicants with an employment and a skills assessment related to critical roles*
  • Applicants with an employment and skills assessment related to the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List
  • Candidates in other skilled employment (ANZSCO Skill Level 1-3) with a related skills assessment
  • New business owners who create work opportunities for the Australian residents
  • All other eligible applicants who can make a genuine contribution to Tasmania through skilled employment.

Existing candidates who are not in critical roles will be considered only after priority applications.

Source: Government of Tasmania


Tasmania Skilled Visa nomination process

The Tasmanian Government Department of State Growth nominates applicants for Skilled and Business visas but does not issue them. Visas are issued by the Australian Government. The Department of Home Affairs assesses the visa application and decides to grant or refuse the visa.

The Tasmanian Government allocates places over time and does not use all the quota at once. This allows the state to nominate the best candidates throughout the year. In practice, eligible candidates in the first three priority categories will be approved and nominated on an ongoing basis.

Periodically, other eligible applicants who have sufficiently demonstrated their capacity to contribute to economic recovery will be nominated, according to places available at that time.


Bridging Visa holders seeking AAT/Federal Court Review

Migration Tasmania will accept applications from candidates seeking review of a visa refusal or cancellation decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or Australian Federal Court however we will not confirm nomination until an applicant can demonstrate a reasonable ability to depart Australia, lodge their skilled visa application and return to Australia in the near future.


This could include:

  • evidence of the grant of a Bridging Visa B to allow departure from Australia
  • evidence of a visa allowing entry to New Zealand (or any other ‘travel bubble’ country) when in operation
  • if unable to travel to a ‘travel bubble country’, reasonable claims to meet the Australian Government’s travel exemption criteria plus:
  • a letter from their current employer acknowledging that they will be departing Australia to lodge their visa application, that their absence during visa and travel exemption processing may be extended and indefinite, and that their employment remains available upon return, and
  • evidence of travel arrangements.


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