Victoria is in the south-east of Australia and is Australia's most densely populated state. It is also the second-most populous state overall. Most of its population is concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay which includes the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Melbourne which is Australia's second-largest city although geographically it is the smallest state on the Australian mainland.

Victoria has a population of 6.2 million with approximately 75% of Victorians live in Melbourne. Leading urban centres outside Melbourne include Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Mildura.


Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in Victoria and the second most populous city in Australia. It is a leading financial centre in Australia, as well as the Asia-Pacific region and was ranked second as the world's most liveable city in this year's global rankings and had previously been ranked top in the last seven years. Melbourne is rated highly in the areas of education, entertainment, healthcare, research and development, tourism and sports. Melbourne is located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip with its City Centre situated at the northernmost point of the bay near to the estuary of the Yarra River. The City Centre is located in the municipality known as the City of Melbourne and the metropolis consists of a further 30 municipalities. Melbourne has a population of 4. 5 million.

Victoria 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).

The Victorian Government provides visa nomination to talented individuals with advanced qualifications, skills and experience that are critical for Victoria's industries to be globally competitive.
Nomination by the state of Victoria 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- subclass 190

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa that will enable you to live anywhere in the state of Victoria.

Skilled Regional - subclass 489

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) allows skilled workers to live and work in specified regional areas in Victoria for up to four years. This visa can provide a pathway to Australian permanent residence (subclass 887) providing you have lived in regional Victoria for 2 years and worked for 1 year in specified regional postcodes which are anywhere in the state except the Melbourne metropolitan area. To apply for this visa you must provide an offer of employment or contract letter from the employer stating that your position is permanent for a minimum of 6 months and at least 20 hours per week.

Visa Nomination Occupations List for Victoria

The Visa Nomination Occupation List has been developed through extensive research and industry consultation to ensure that you have accurate information to start a new life in Victoria. The Department of Home Affairs has endorsed this list through Victoria’s State Migration Agreement.

Victoria Key Selection Criteria

Victoria undertakes extensive research and industry consultation on the states medium-to-long term labour market needs to identify which occupations are eligible for visa nomination. This approach ensures that applicants have relevant skills and work experience to make industries competitive in the global market. There is strong competition for Victorian visa nomination and meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee nomination. All applicants must have a minimum of 2 years post-qualification work experience and for some occupations 5 years is required.

Every application for skilled visa nomination is assessed individually by a panel against criteria that includes:

  • The ability to meet the minimum eligibility criteria
  • The demand for individual skills
  • Expertise and realistic prospects of finding employment in Victoria
  • The suitability of qualifications, skills and experience
  • A commitment to settling in Victoria permanently.

You must also:

•    Be under 45 years of age
•    Have relevant post-qualification work experience)
•    Have Competent English (unless otherwise specified)
•    Have an occupation on the Visa Nomination Occupation List
•    Have received a positive skills assessment from an Australian assessing authority
•    Have at least 65 points on the DHA points test
•    Demonstrate you meet both Victoria and DHA visa eligibility requirements
•    Have a commitment to living and working in Victoria for a minimum of 2 years

What to do next

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

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Saturdays from 09:30 - 12.00 

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Office hours:

Monday to Friday from 09.30 - 17:00



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