Tasmania

Tasmania, the island state of Australia, lies 40 degrees south of the equator and has a population of 520,000 people. The heart-shaped island of Tasmania is the smallest state of Australia, with an area of 68,401 square kilometres which is about the size of Ireland and is separated from the Australian mainland to the north by the 240 km stretch of the Bass Strait.Tasmania is a land apart a place of wild and beautiful landscapes; friendly, welcoming people; a pleasant, temperate climate; wonderful wine and food; a rich history; and a relaxed island lifestyle. Tasmania is a natural island a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, tall forests and sparkling highland lakes. Over a third of the state is reserved in a network of National Parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, a refuge and habitat for rare plants and animals, including survivors of the ancient southern super continent, Gondwana. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world and its rainwater is so pure that quantities have been shipped to Australian Olympic Athletes competing overseas.

Hobart

Hobart, the state capital is located in the southeast corner of the island and is home to 220,000 people. The City of Hobart is one of the most beautiful and liveable Cities in the world. As the second oldest city in Australia the City offers a wonderful blend of built and cultural heritage; environment; a vibrant art and dynamic sporting culture and a low stress lifestyle. Nestled under Mount Wellington on the Derwent River, Hobart provides for an ambiance that you will not find in another city anywhere in the world. Hobart is renowned for its heritage buildings, beautiful parks, fine restaurants, the Salamanca Market and its Festivals. It is a city rich in maritime history, and is shaped and defined by water. The Port is a central focus for the city providing both a busy commercial hub and also a place where residents and visitors like to spend time talking with the local fishermen and sampling some fine Tasmanian produce at one of the many cafes and restaurants located around the cove.

Tasmania Skilled Nominated and Regional Visa Programmes

With invitation rounds for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) currently at a level which many applicants are struggling to achieve, applying for a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 489) has become increasingly popular for applicants migrating to Australia. Applicants selecting these visa options are not subject to invitation rounds and can be considered for nomination with a points total of 65 (including nomination points) and will receive priority processing with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). Applicants will also need to be nominated if their occupation only features on the Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL).

Tasmania's skilled migration programme is for people wanting to move to the state who have a skill in demand and who will make a significant contribution  to Tasmania's economy and cultural diversity. Skilled migrants are attracted to Tasmania because of the states enviable lifestyle, career opportunities, affordable housing, reputable schools and a globally recognised  university.

Every application for visa nomination goes through a highly competitive process and there is no guarantee you will receive an offer of nomination from the Tasmanian government. Each application will focus on your ability to demonstrate that your skills, expertise, qualifications and experience are readily transferable to meet the needs of Tasmania's labour market.

Nomination by the state of Tasmania will provide:

•    Priority processing of your visa with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)
•    An additional 5 points for a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
•    An additional 10 points for a Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)
•    An opportunity to seek work with an employer of your choice

Skilled Nominated visa - subclass 190

The Skilled Nominated (190) visa is a permanent visa that allows you to live anywhere in the state of Tasmania.

To be eligible to apply for a Tasmanian government state nomination you must:

  • Have lodged an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect
  • Be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation
  • Have an occupation on the DHA Combined Skilled Occupations List
  • Have received a positive skills assessment from an Australian assessing authority
  • Have at least 65 points on the Australian Department of Home Affairs points test
  • Demonstrate you meet both Tasmanian and DHA visa eligibility requirements
  • Have received a formal job offer in your nominated occupation
  • Demonstrate that the employer has a genuine need to fill the vacancy offered to you
  • Have a commitment to living and working in Tasmania for at least the first two years
  • Have sufficient funds to support your settlement in Tasmania
  • Not resided in another state or territory in the previous 12 months

 

Skilled Regional visa - subclass 489

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) will allow you to live and work anywhere in Tasmania for up to four years. This visa can provide a pathway to Australian permanent residence (subclass 887) providing you have lived in Tasmania for 2 years and worked for 1 year.

Tasmania's Skilled Regional nomination programme offers 3 pathways to overseas applicants:

  1. You have an occupation listed on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) and have researched the labour market and demonstrated that there are at least 5 current employment opportunities in your nominated occupation;

2. You have received a formal job offer in your nominated occupation and you can demonstrate that there is a genuine and ongoing need for your position within the business;

3.You have a close relative settled in Tasmania as a permanent resident for at least 12 months who is able to assist you with settlement including employment on arrival in Tasmania.

You must also be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Have lodged an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect
  • Be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation
  • Have received a positive skills assessment from an Australian assessing authority
  • Have at least 65 points on the Australian Department of Home Affairs points test
  • Demonstrate you meet both Tasmanian and DHA visa eligibility requirements
  • Have a commitment to living and working in Tasmania for at least the first two years
  • Have sufficient funds to support your settlement in Tasmania
  • Not resided in another state or territory in the previous 12 months

 

What to do next

If you are interested in moving to Tasmania, please contact your nearest Concept Australia office to discuss your visa options:

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Image above - Sean Fennessy, Salamanca Market, courtesy of City of Hobart.

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