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, 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.


Skilled Nominated and 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 skilled 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

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 receive nomination approval by the Tasmanian government you must meet the specific requirements of both the DHA and the state. Every application goes through a highly competitive process and meeting the nomination requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered nomination from the Tasmanian government. A higher regard is given to applicants with experience in the agriculture, construction and health professions.  

Department of Home Affairs Criteria

•    Be under 45 years of age
•    Have relevant post-qualification work experience)
•    Have Competent English (unless otherwise specified)
•    Have an occupation on the DHA list of eligible skilled occupations
•    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 Tasmanian and DHA visa eligibility requirements
•    Have a commitment to living and working in Tasmania for a minimum of 2 years

Tasmanian government nomination criteria

•    The availability  of nomination places
•    The demand for your skills and expertise in your nominated occupation
•    You receiving a formal job offer from an employer operating for at least 12 months
•    The number of points you have claimed
•    Level of English language ability
•    Whether you have resided in another state or territory in the last 12 months

Skilled Regional visa - 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 Tasmania for a minimum period of 3 years.

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 Tasmania, 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 Tasmania, please contact your nearest Concept Australia office to discuss your visa options:

London/Kent Office

Chislehurst Business Centre
1 Bromley Lane

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
M1 5LN

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

Office hours:

Monday to Friday from 09.30 - 17:00

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

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