Western Australia announced changes to the Skilled Migration Program and expands the ocuupation list to include more occupations, such as accountants, bakers and cooks.

Western Australia expands occupation list for skilled migration program 2021

by IDP IELTS — July 16th, 2021

Western Australia announced changes to the Skilled Migration Program for subclass 190 and subclass 491 visas for 2021. The occupation lists for the general and graduate streams expand to include more occupations, such as accountants, bakers and cooks. Check if your occupation is listed.

October 2021: Migration Services updated the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 1 and Graduate Occupation List.

Overall, Australia sets a maximum number of places for its migration program every year. And, for 2020 and 2021, the total places available is capped at a ceiling of 160,000. The Australian Government has provided Western Australia with 1,140 visa places:

  • 1,100 places allocated in the Skill Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)
  • 340 places have been allocated to the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

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General Skilled Migration program

The purpose of the Skilled Migration Program is to attract highly employable people for migration to Australia. It’s one of the most common forms of migration to Australia. If you have skills or qualifications that Australia needs, the following visas are available in the General Skilled Migration program:

Previously, if you were not an international student graduate of Western Australia, you would need a health-related occupation to apply for a nomination by Western Australia. However, this year, the requirements have changed. One does not have to be currently studying, working or living in the state to receive a nomination.

When speaking to Australia’s SBS, Melbourne-based migration agent Ranbir Singh said “The WA state nomination is unique and positive as it is open to applicants throughout Australia rather than limiting it to the state. Also, WA’s skilled occupation list is quite liberal with opportunities for trades like motor mechanic, chef, cook and painter. Applicants specifically from Victoria and Queensland will benefit from WA’s state nomination since the options for these occupations are limited in these states.”

“The WA state nomination is unique and positive as it is open to applicants throughout Australia rather than limiting it to the state. Also, WA’s skilled occupation list is quite liberal with opportunities for trades like motor mechanic, chef, cook and painter. Applicants specifically from Victoria and Queensland will benefit from WA’s state nomination since the options for these occupations are limited in these states.”
 – Melbourne-based migration agent Ranbir Singh in SBS

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The Western Australia skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) has more occupations

The WASMOL is available to applicants who intend to use the general stream. The General Stream of WASMOL is now split into two occupation-based schedules: Schedule 1 and Schedule 2.

In addition to health-related occupations in Schedule 1,  more occupations, such as accountants, aeroplane and helicopter pilots, bakers, carpenters, cooks, café or restaurant managers, mechanical engineers, software engineers, ICT project managers, management consultants and early childhood teachers have been included in Schedule 2.

In October 2021, Western Australia added Social Worker (272511) to the WASMOL Schedule 1 and removed the Regional WA Only limitation from 12 occupations. This means that applicants can use employment contracts from Perth, or anywhere in Western Australia to meet requirements for State nomination.

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Access the complete list of Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List​

Schedule 1

ANZSCO code Skilled occupation
252711 Audiologist
272311 Clinical Psychologist
252311 Dental Specialist
252312 Dentist
253316 Gastroenterologist
253111 General Practitioner
251511 Hospital Pharmacist
251512 Industrial Pharmacist
254111 Midwife
253513 Neurosurgeon
251213 Nuclear Medicine Technologist
254411 Nurse Practitioner
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
252411 Occupational Therapist
251412 Orthoptist
253515 Otorhinolaryngologist
253915 Pathologist
234914 Physicist***
252511 Physiotherapist
252611 Podiatrist
253411 Psychiatrist
272399 Psychologists nec
253918 Radiation Oncologist
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) – no longer Regional WA Only
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health) – no longer Regional WA Only
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) – no longer Regional WA Only
254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) – no longer Regional WA Only
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) – no longer Regional WA Only
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical) – no longer Regional WA Only
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) – no longer Regional WA Only
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health) – no longer Regional WA Only
254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) – no longer Regional WA Only
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative) – no longer Regional WA Only
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical) – no longer Regional WA Only
254499 Registered Nurses nec – no longer Regional WA Only
253112 Resident Medical Officer
251513 Retail Pharmacist
253323 Rheumatologist
272511 Social Worker
251214 Sonographer
252712 Speech Pathologist
253521 Vascular Surgeon

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Schedule 2

NZSCO code Skilled occupation
   
221111 Accountant (General)
231111 Aeroplane Pilot
311111 Agricultural Technician
334112 Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
261311 Analyst Programmer
312111 Architectural Draftsperson
312199 Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians, nec
321111 Automotive Electrician
351111 Baker
121312 Beef Cattle Farmer
331111 Bricklayer
394111 Cabinetmaker
​141111 ​Café or Restaurant Manager
331212 Carpenter
331211 Carpenter and Joiner
351311 Chef
234211 Chemist
134111 Child Care Centre Manager
233211 Civil Engineer
312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson
312114 Construction Estimator
133111 Construction Project Manager
351411 Cook
262111 Database Administrator
261312 Developer Programmer
321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic
411712 Disabilities Service Officer (Mental Health only)****
334113 Drainer
272112 Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
233311 Electrical Engineer
312312 Electrical Engineering Technician
342211 Electrical Linesworker
341111 Electrician (General)
341112 Electrician (Special Class)
342313 Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
342315 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)
133211 Engineering Manager
333211 Fibrous Plasterer
323211 Fitter (General)
323212 Fitter and Turner
332111 Floor Finisher
231113 Flying Instructor
399212 Gas or Petroleum Operator
334114 Gasfitter
234411 Geologist
234412 Geophysicist
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
333111 Glazier
121214 Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower
121215 Grape Grower
313111 Hardware Technician
231114 Helicopter Pilot
​141311 ​Hotel or Motel Manager
234413 Hydrogeologist
135199 ICT Managers nec
135112 ICT Project Manager
262112 ICT Security Specialist
331213 Joiner
362213 Landscape Gardener
311413 Life Science Technician
341113 Lift Mechanic
312911 Maintenance Planner
224711 Management Consultant
233512 Mechanical Engineer
312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
312512 Mechanical Engineering Technician
322311 Metal Fabricator
323214 Metal Machinist (First Class)
234912 Metallurgist
233611 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
121411 Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
121317 Mixed Livestock Farmer
321211 Motor Mechanic (General)
321213 Motorcycle Mechanic
251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
224712 Organisation and Methods Analyst
332211 Painting Trades Worker
351112 Pastrycook
233612 Petroleum Engineer
334111 Plumber (General)
322312 Pressure Welder
133511 Production Manager (Forestry)
133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing)
133513 Production Manager (Mining)
233513 Production or Plant Engineer
334115 Roof Plumber
121322 Sheep Farmer
322211 Sheetmetal Trades Worker
231213 Ship’s Master
321214 Small Engine Mechanic
272511 Social Worker
261399 Software and Applications Programmer nec
261313 Software Engineer
261314 Software Tester
333212 Solid Plasterer
139999 Specialist Managers nec (Harbour Master only)*****
331112 Stonemason
233214 Structural Engineer
312116 Surveying or Spatial Science Technician
262113 Systems Administrator
263311 Telecommunications Engineer
263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer
393311 Upholsterer
234711 Veterinarian
361311 Veterinary Nurse
242211 Vocational Education Teacher
333411 Wall and Floor Tiler
261212 Web Developer
322313 Welder (First Class)
394213 Wood Machinist

Source: Government of Western Australia

What are the general stream eligibility requirements?

Schedule 1

  • Meet the requirements of the Department of Home Affairs.
  • English proficiency
  • One year of work experience in Australia or three years overseas.
  • Have a 12-month full-time contract of employment in WA.
  • Live in Australia.
  • Proof you have sufficient funds to settle in Australia.

Schedule 2

  • Meet the requirements of the Department of Home Affairs.
  • English proficiency
  • Have a 12-month full-time contract of employment in WA.
  • Live in Australia.
  • Proof you have sufficient funds to settle in Australia.
At minimum, you're required to evidence a Competent level of English for your nomination application
At minimum, you're required to evidence a Competent level of English for your nomination application

Updated Graduate Occupation List (GOL)

In 2018 the Government of Western Australia introduced a new Graduate stream to its State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP) which provides a pathway to skilled migration for international students who graduate from universities in Western Australia. Through the program, the Government of Western Australia nominates eligible migrants for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

To be eligible for State nomination, Western Australian university graduates must:

  • Meet the requirements of the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Obtain a Western Australian qualification (minimum 2-year program).
  • Have an occupation on Western Australia’s Graduate Occupation List.
  • Meet the work experience or employment contract requirement.
  • English proficiency.
  • Live in Western Australia.

Western Australia Graduate Occupation list includes accountants, hospitality workers, engineers, teachers, ICT specialists, farmers and more. In October 2021, 32 more professions were added to the program.

The following occupations are now available on the GOL

ANZSCO code Skilled occupation
221111 Accountant (General)
231111 Aeroplane Pilot
232111 Architect
271111 Barrister
222111 Commodities Trader
334113 Drainer
241111 Educational Psychologist
222112 Finance Broker
222199 Financial Brokers (NEC)
222299 Financial Dealers (NEC)
222311 Financial Investment Adviser
222312 Financial Investment Manager
222312 Financial Market Dealer
222312 Flying Instructor
361112 Horse Trainer
222113 Insurance Broker
312911 Maintenance Planner
221112 Management Accountant
251312 Occupational Health and Safety Advisor
241213 Primary School Teacher
134311 School Principal
241411 Secondary School Teacher
271311 Solicitor
241511 Special Needs Teacher
222213 Stockbroking Dealer
221113 Taxation Accountant
241512 Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
241513 Teacher of the Sight Impaired
232611 Urban and Regional Planner
272613 Welfare Worker
411716 Youth Worker

For further information and all available occupations, please visit the Government of Western Australia

What is the English Language Requirement?

At minimum, you’re required to evidence a Competent level of English for your nomination application. That’s for both the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) and Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491).

However, if you hold a passport and are citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America, or the Republic of Ireland, then you don’t need to provide English language test results. If this exemption applies to you, you must provide a copy of the bio page of your passport.

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Yes, you must provide a copy of your English language test when you apply.

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