State and Territory Nomination Programs Opening


We have recently received information that the State and Territory governments have been given an interim allocation for state nominations.

At this stage the allocations are reported to be a reasonable size in comparison to previous allocations but may vary according to state or territory.

The number of places are also very specifically allocated to actual subclasses in the Skilled and BIIP programs. Reports suggest that the skilled allocations represent the majority of the allocated places.

As has been advised previously, many states and territories have made changes to their criteria, occupation lists and processes for invitation.

You are advised to check the relevant state or territory website for the latest information, but below is a summary of the information available to date:



There currently appears to be no information regarding the interim allocations on the NSW  Visa and Migration website.



The 2022-23 program will have expanded eligibility criteria across both skilled migration visa subclasses 190 and 491 and will be open to offshore applications.

Changes for the 2022/3 program include:

  • Onshore and offshore applicants can apply
  • More eligible occupations



  • Additional places for Business visas  (subclass 188)
  • Skilled visa pathway (s190 and 491 is now open



The Tasmanian government has advised as follows:

The Department of Home Affairs has advised that the following allocation will be revisited after the first quarter of 2022-23 and should not be taken as an indication of the full year’s quota. 

Tasmania’s interim allocation includes:

  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa: 2000 places
  • Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa: 1350 places



The WA Government advises as follows:

The WA Government has made changes to its migration program to support skilled workers looking to migrate to Western Australia including increasing occupations eligible for skilled migration in WA by around 60 per cent.



The SA government has advised as follows:

South Australia has received an interim allocation of nomination places from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs for the 2022–23 program year and will be opening the State’s Skilled & Business Migration programs soon.

  • General Skilled Migration Program: 5,880 places
  • Business Innovation and Investment Program: 70 places



The NT has now received an interim allocation of nominations, but will continue to assess applications under the existing eligibility



The ACT government has released the following information:

The ACT received an interim allocation for the 2022-2023 program year.

Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa: 800 places

Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa: 1920 places

Application Count @ 15 August 2022

Total approvals:  218 approvals

  • 190 Nominations: 85 approvals
  • 491 Nominations: 133 approvals

Total refusals: 52 applications

  • 190 Nominations: 17 refusals  (17%)
  • 491 Nominations: 35 refusals  (21%)

Remaining Allocation 2022-2023

Total allocation remaining: 2502 nomination places (238 per month)

  • 190 Nominations: 715 (pro rata 68 per month)
  • 491 Nominations: 1787 (pro rata 170 per month)



Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding the above information.

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