Western Australia has opened its 2023-24 Skilled Migration Nomination Program for eligible applicants.
Some new changes have been made to the 2023-24 Skilled Migration Program, including making the process easier for skilled migration applicants to connect to employers and jobs in Western Australia.
Other changes to Western Australia opens 2023-24 Skilled Migration Program include:
- Equal invitations for both onshore and offshore candidates;
- Prioritising invitations for applicants belonging to critically deemed occupations in Western Australia; and
- Reduced employment requirements for applicants invited through an occupation in Western Australia’s building and construction sector.
To obtain a nomination for Western Australia’s 2023-24 Skilled Migration Program, candidates need to meet the main eligibility requirements, which include:
- Meeting the eligibility requirements for the intended visa subclass as determined by Australia’s Department of Home Affairs;
- Having the nominated occupation on Western Australia’s relevant occupations list; and
- Meeting the minimum English requirements.
Skilled migration applicants will have two streams to apply under: the General and Graduate streams.
The General stream is a pathway for a number of occupations and industry categories that are comparable to an Australian Certificate IV and above.
General stream requirements include:
- Having at least one year’s work experience in Australia or overseas in a nominated (or closely related) occupation (subclasses 190 and 491);
- Having a full-time employment contract in Western Australia for at least six months in the nominated (or closely related) occupation (subclass 190).
On the other hand, the Graduate stream is a pathway for eligible international students completing their vocational education and training (VET) or higher education qualifications, such as a Bachelor’s degree or above.
Graduate stream requirements include:
- Having an Australian Certificate III or above qualification from an accredited educational institution in Western Australia;
- Meeting two years of Western Australia study requirements.
Candidates whose occupations are listed on Western Australia’s Skilled Migration Occupation List, and who meet the stream-specific requirements, are likely to be eligible for a nomination from Western Australia under the specific stream.