States and Territories – Nominations status – Subclasses 190 and 491


The program places for the States and Territories nomination programs have been drastically reduced for the 2023-24 program year.  There are variations in the way each state or territory authority is handling its allocation.

State Total  190 491 Status
NT 650 250 400 190 – Not open

491 – Open – Applications will be assessed under new eligibility criteria: –

  • Priority occupation stream for offshore applications will be limited to 54 occupations listed on
    the new Offshore Migration Occupation List
  • NT residents who have not worked in their nominated/related occupation for at least six months
    in the NT will only be considered if they have been working in the NT for six months in a critical sector
    (health, aged, disabled care, education and childcare, hospitality)
  • NT graduates who hold sc 485 visa valid till at least 1 July 2024, or are eligible for such visa
    will not be eligible for nomination in this program year
NSW 4,150 2,650 1,500 190 – Open – limited invitations and occupational sectors

491 – Not open – Details on the criteria and application process for the 2023-24 program
year will be updated shortly

ACT 1,200 600 600 Open – Next invitation
round will be held before 20 November 2023
WA 2,350 1,500 850 Open – WA state nominations lodged before 1 July 2023 will be assessed against the
2022-23 criteria
TAS 1,200 600 600 Open – ROIs submitted before
1 July 2023 will remain valid for the 2023-24 program yearNew minimum eligibility requirements apply to ROIs and applications submitted from 5 July 2023
VIC 3,300 2,700 600 Open – to be eligible for sc 491 nomination in the
2023-24 program, onshore applicants must be living and working in regional VIC at the time of nomination.
As a result of this change, ROI’s submitted in 2022-23 year that were not invited, will need to submit a new
ROI if still eligible
QLD 1,550 900 650 Open – Will begin inviting selected applicants from end of
September 2023, and hold invitation rounds at the end of each month for the remainder of financial year
SA 2,300 1,100 1,200 Open -SA will prioritise the retention of international graduates and temporary
visa holders

  • Experienced overseas workers with skills in high demand in SA such as Trades, Construction,
    Defence, Health, Education, Natural and Physical Science and Social and Welfare Professionals will be


Gazette Notice – Data matching ATO and Home Affairs

Gazette Notice has been
issued to notify that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will acquire visa data from the Department of
Home Affairs for 2023–24 through to 2025–26.

The data items include:

identification details (address history for visa applicants and sponsors) contact history for visa
applicants and sponsors, address history for migration agents, contact history for migration agents, active
visas meeting the criteria, all visa
grants, visa grant status by point in time, migration
agents (visa application preparer who assisted or facilitated the processing of the visa), all international
travel movements undertaken by visa holders (arrivals and departures), sponsor details, (457 visa), visa
subclass name.

It is estimated that records relating to approximately 9 million individuals will be obtained each financial

Skilled Migration Assessing Authorities – Best Practice Principles and Standards – Consultation

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) is conducting a public consultation on the Best Practice Principles and Standards for Skilled Migration Assessing Authorities.  

Under Reg 2.26B of the Migration Regulations 1994, the Minister for Skills and Training is responsible for approving relevant assessing authorities to undertake skills assessments. The Department
of Employment and Workplace Relations
 supports that Minister and provides governance of assessing authorities. The Government’s Guidelines for Skilled Migration Assessing Authorities sets requirements for organisations seeking to become assessing authorities and a framework for ongoing assurance of assessing authorities.

Ms Amanda Schenk, Assistant Director, Quality Assurance with DEWR spoke at the MIA National Conference in
Sydney last week and invited members to provide feedback on issues with skills assessment processes.  DEWR
is interested to hear from members on specific issues with skills assessing authorities or their processes,
when assessing overseas qualification and work experience.  Ms Schenk noted that it would be particularly
helpful if members when highlighting issues also provided suggestions for rectifying these situations.

Members can make submissions through the Consultation Hub questionnaire or attached a written submission by Monday 23 October 2023.


Migration LIN 23/070 – F2023L01349 – Evidence of
financial capacity—Subclass 500 Visa and Subclass 590 Visa Amendment Specification 2023


This Instrument amends LIN 19/198 to increase the evidence of financial capacity required for applicants for Subclasses 500 and 590 visa  in line with the CPI to for Regs 500.214 and 590.216



Primary applicant AUD 24,505
+ spouse or de facto partner  AUD 8,574
+ each dependent child  AUD 3,670
+ annual school costs for each school-aged dependent child AUD 9,661
The personal annual income for the primary applicant, where there is no secondary applicant AUD 72,465
The personal annual income for a primary applicant where there is a secondary applicant AUD 84,543


This instrument also corrects minor drafting errors in the previous Instrument.

The Instrument commenced on 1 October 2023.


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