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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.

Migration Services Update 2021

In October 2021, the Migration Services updated the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 1 and the 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:

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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 SBSexternal icon, 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 SBSexternal icon

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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 1external icon and Schedule 2external icon.

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 2021external icon, 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.

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

Schedule 1

Column 1Column 2
272311Clinical Psychologist
252311Dental Specialist
253111General Practitioner
251511Hospital Pharmacist
251512Industrial Pharmacist
251213Nuclear Medicine Technologist
254411Nurse Practitioner
253913Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
252411Occupational Therapist
272399Psychologists nec
253918Radiation Oncologist
254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) – no longer Regional WA Only
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health) – no longer Regional WA Only
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) – no longer Regional WA Only
254416Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) – no longer Regional WA Only
254417Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) – no longer Regional WA Only
254418Registered Nurse (Medical) – no longer Regional WA Only
254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) – no longer Regional WA Only
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health) – no longer Regional WA Only
254425Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) – no longer Regional WA Only
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative) – no longer Regional WA Only
254424Registered Nurse (Surgical) – no longer Regional WA Only
254499Registered Nurses nec – no longer Regional WA Only
253112Resident Medical Officer
251513Retail Pharmacist
272511Social Worker
252712Speech Pathologist
253521Vascular Surgeon

Schedule 2

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

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.

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 codeSkilled Occupation
221111Accountant (General)
231111Aeroplane Pilot
222111Commodities Trader
334113 Drainer
241111Educational Psychologist
222112 Finance Broker
222199 Financial Brokers (NEC)
222299Financial Dealers (NEC)
222311 Financial Investment Adviser
222312Financial Investment Manager
222312Financial Market Dealer
222312 Flying Instructor
361112 Horse Trainer
222113 Insurance Broker
312911Maintenance Planner
221112Management Accountant
251312Occupational Health and Safety Advisor
241213 Primary School Teacher
134311 School Principal
241411 Secondary School Teacher
271311 Solicitor
241511Special 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 a 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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Is an English language test required as part of the visa nomination application?

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

The Western Australia Government accepts all English language tests which are deemed eligible by the Department of Home Affairsexternal icon. IELTS is trusted by the Department of Home Affairs.

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What is Australia’s points system for immigration?

When you’re thinking of migrating to Australia as a Permanent Resident (PR), you may come across points-based visas. We’ll explain what this is and how the Australian PR points calculator works.

Check Australia’s points system for immigration

Use IELTS for Migration: Your visa options

If you like the opportunity to live, study or work in Australia, there are many visa options available to you. There is a study visa, skilled, sponsored work visa and business visa. Some of these may lead to Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia.

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Immigration and the law

Legislation about immigration changes frequently. For example, in June 2021 Australia added 22 new occupations to its priority migration list. So, it’s important to check the Australian Department of Home Affairsexternal icon website for changes that may apply to you.

If you are interested in Australian student visas, work visas, or looking to migrate permanently, you need to lodge an application with the Australian Government. You may want to consider getting support from a lawyer or migration agent. However, you can also get free adviceexternal icon for student visas.