Reforms to Tasmania’s State Nomination Policy

From 1 July 2017:  New Category for overseas applicants (489 visa only):

  • A new Category for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) has been introduced for Tasmanian Government state nomination. Overseas (offshore) applicants will be eligible to apply under this new Category.
  • Changes to eligibility for ‘Category 3 – Family in Tasmania’: Applicants with eligible family members residing in Tasmania will only be eligible for Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) nomination.

From 1 August 2017:  Labour market testing for ‘Category 2 – Job Offer’ (489 visa only)

  • For Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) nomination, employer offering employment for a position at ANZSCO skill level 4 or below will need to provide evidence of genuine attempts to recruit workers from the domestic labour market.

From 1 October 2017:  Three months prior employment requirement for ‘Category 2 – Job Offer’ (BOTH 190 and 489 visas):

  • Onshore applicants with employment in Tasmania will only be eligible for nomination if they have been working in Tasmania for 3 months prior to lodging their application for state nomination.

From 1 January 2018:  Two year study requirement (190 visa only):

  • Applicants will need to have completed two years of study at a CRICOS-registered Tasmanian tertiary institution instead of one year.  
  • Please refer to the DIBP Australian study requirement as to what constitutes two years of study. If the applicant is claiming regional study points with DIBP, they would meet the two year study requirement.
  • One year study requirement remains in place for provisional visa nomination (489 visa).

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Source: Tasmanian Government Communications