Updates on State/Territory nomination for skilled and business visas

A small number of places have been allocated to the States and Territories for skilled (subclass 190 and 491) and Business (subclass 188 and 132) nominations.

Below is the current summary status followed by a detailed description for each state and territory.

State/Territory Skilled Business
Australian Capital Territory Onshore only Closed
South Australia Open 31/08 Open 7/09
Victoria Soon Closed
Tasmania Soon Closed
New South Wales Closed Closed
Northern Territory Onshore only Closed
Queensland Closed Closed
Western Australia Closed Closed


The ACT Government is the first to open its reduced State and Territory nominated program for Subclasses 190 and 491. A new ACT critical skills list has been released with the number of nominated places available by occupation. ACT residency requirements have changed.

Applications are closed to offshore applicants. 

The first invitation round was held yesterday Thursday 20/08/2020, with 145 invitations made including 26 to 457/482 holders.

Business visas are still currently suspended.

South Australia

Revised state nomination requirements will be published on 27 August 2020.

Skilled migration will commence from 31 August when the state government will commence reviewing EOIs and invitations to submit applications made. This is change in the process for South Australia where previously applicants were required to apply directly.

Business migration will commence from 7 September 2020 when Intention to Apply submissions will be reviewed and invitations to submit applications made.


The Victorian Government is preparing to re-open its visa nomination program with new policies and nomination criteria.

No announcement on the Business visa program has been made.


Nominations will focus on the state’s public health system and economic recovery. No further details yet available.


No details yet available.


No details yet available.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Government has not opened its state/territory nomination program for 2020-21 but is continuing to accept applications for nomination. Applications are closed to offshore applicants.

Business nomination applications are not being accepted at this time.

Western Australia

No details yet available.


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