Queensland (QLD)

Queensland is the second largest and third most-populous state in Australia covering an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres. Queensland has a population of 4,560,059, concentrated along the coast and particularly in the state's South East region. Referred to as the "Sunshine State", Queensland is home to 10 of Australia's 30 largest cities and is the nation's third largest economy.

Queensland is less centralised than most other Australian states, with 50% of the population living outside the state capital, and 25% living outside the South East region. Queensland is home to many regional cities, the most populous being the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Cairns.

Queensland is a popular choice for skilled migrants and with its year-round beautiful weather and great career opportunities, it is an ideal place to work and live, offering a high standard of living and good working conditions.

Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in Queensland. Its metropolitan area has a population of 2.3 million, and the South East Queensland urban conurbation encompasses a population of more than 3 million. The Brisbane central business district lies in a curve of the Brisbane river and covers an area of 2.2 square kilometres. The city has a density of 379 people per square kilometre, which is high for an Australian city and comparable to that of Sydney. However, like many western cities, Brisbane sprawls into the greater metropolitan area.

SkillSelect

Skilled Nominated or Skilled Regional visas offer a pathway to Australia if you cannot achieve sufficient points required for a Skilled Independent visa. You must submit an application through SkillSelect which is the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) online visa application system. Once you have received a positive skills assessment from an Australian assessing authority and by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) you can generate points for:

  •   Your age
  •   Recognised qualifications
  •   Employment
  •   English language skills
  •   Being nominated by a state or territory government
  •   Partner skills
  •   Study in Australia
  •   Specialist education qualifications
  •   Accredited language skills
  •   Professional year in Australia

Queensland Skilled Nominated and Regional Visa Programmes

The Queensland Skilled Occupations List (QSOL) reflects the current employment situation in the state and is reviewed and updated regularly in accordance with current labour market conditions. To be eligible for state nomination you must have an occupation on the "Offshore" QSOL and meet the occupation specific requirements stated on the list. Please note that certain occupations have specialisations or licensing/registration requirements to work in Queensland and that ICT applicants must have received a formal offer of employment in their nominated occupation for a period of 12 months. There is no set time frame to receive an invitation after submitting an EOI and invitations are not guaranteed as the selection process is highly competitive and driven by employment and other economic factors. When the programme is filled, applications for nomination will no longer be accepted in the programme year which usually runs from 01 July until 30 June. 

To receive an invitation to apply for Queensland nomination you must:

  • Be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation
  • Have a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience (unless otherwise specified)
  • Have Competent English (unless otherwise specified)
  • Have an occupation on the QSOL "Offshore" skills 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 QLD and DHA visa eligibility requirements
  • Have a commitment to living and working in Queensland for a minimum of 2 years

     

Skilled Nominated - Subclass 190

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

Skilled Regional - subclass 491

This new visa subclass will come into effect on 16 November 2019. To qualify for this visa, you and family members included in your application must be prepared to live, work and study in regional Queensland for a minimum period of 3 years - (anywhere other than the metropolitan area of Brisbane and the Gold Coast).

As places are likely to be extremely competitive, Concept Australia recommends that you start the process as soon as possible so that you are ready to lodge an EOI once the visa class opens in November.

The DHA has allocated a total of 14,000 places for this subclass and has introduced a ranking system for an invitation to apply for a visa as follows:

  1. Applicant with a skilled partner or applicants without a partner;
  2. Applicant with a partner with Competent English (but does not have a skills assessment);
  3. Applicant with a partner who is ineligible for either competent English or skilled partner points.

Pathway to permanent residence

After 3 years of having lived, worked/studied in regional Queensland, you can apply for permanent residence (subclass 191 - Skilled Regional) but must have complied with all the conditions of your visa including evidence of taxable income (yet to be announced).

Initial Consultations

It is easy through research to become overloaded with information, which is difficult to interpret leaving you with many questions unanswered. Before you start out on your visa journey it makes sense to discuss your plans in detail with a MARA Registered Migration Agent. MARA monitor the conduct of registered agents to ensure that only the highest level of advice and assistance is provided to prospective applicants. To achieve this, MARA agents must subscribe to the same regulations used by DHA case officers and undertake professional development on an annual basis.

Consultation fee

A fee of £95 + VAT is charged by Concept Australia and during the consultation we will discuss your visa options in detail and provide clear constructive advice on the visa process to enable you to make an informed judgement regarding your future migration plans. The appointment will also provide you with an opportunity to ask key questions that you may not have found answers to during your research. There is no obligation to engage Concept Australia as your MARA agent but, if you do decide to appoint us to represent you, the consultation fee will be deducted from the first stage of our fee.

If you are interested in moving to Queensland, please contact your nearest Concept Australia office for advice and assistance:

London/Kent Office

Chislehurst Business Centre
1 Bromley Lane
Chislehurst
Kent
BR7 6LH

Telephone: 020 8468 1076 or email: info@conceptoz.co.uk

Office hours:

Monday to Friday from 09:00 -17:30
Saturdays from 09:30 - 12.00 

Manchester Office

2nd Floor
Albion Wharf
19 Albion Street
Manchester
M1 5LN

Telephone: 0161 669 5836 or email: info@conceptaustralia.co.uk

Office hours:

Monday to Friday from 09.30 - 17:00

 

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