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.


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

Victoria Skilled Nominated and Regional Visa Programmes

There is strong competition for Victorian visa nomination and meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee success. All applicants must have a minimum of 2 years post-qualification work experience and for some occupations 5 years is required. Every application is assessed individually by a panel who will take into consideration your overall commitment to residing in Victoria, the number of years work experience, specialised skills, employability, English language skills, relatives already residing in Victoria, settlement funds and the number of points you have scored. 

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

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 Work 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 regional Victoria for a minimum period of 3 years - (anywhere other than the metropolitan area of Melbourne).

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 Victoria, 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 Victoria, 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:

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:

Office hours:

Monday to Friday from 09.30 - 17:00   




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