491 WA

If you would like to be considered for an invitation for State nomination, your occupation will need to be eligible under the following streams.

These occupation lists identify occupations that are considered a priority for WA and are therefore eligible for skilled migrants through State nomination.

 

Applicants who have a nominated occupation identified on the WASMOL or the GOL may be eligible for WA State nomination using one of the following visa subclasses:

 

491 WA Requirements

The following table provides an overview of the requirements for each stream of the State nominated migration program, for each of the two eligible visa types.

Stream requirementsGeneral stream
WASMOL
Schedule 1
General stream
WASMOL
Schedule 2
Graduate
stream
Visa type190491190491190491
Meet Department of Home Affairs eligibility requirements for the intended visa subclass√ √ √ 
​Nominated occupation is available on the relevant list
Meet minimum English requirements√ 
At least one year Australian or one year of overseas work experience in nominated (or closely related) occupation√ 
​Full time employment contract in WA for a minimum of six months in the nominated (or closely related) occupation
Have obtained a Certificate III level or above qualification from an accredited WA educational institution
Meet the two years WA study requirement

 

General Stream

Nominated occupation on the relevant occupation list 

The nominated occupation identified in your skills assessment must be listed as “available” on the:

  • WASMOL Schedule 1 occupation list; or
  • WASMOL Schedule 2 occupation list.

* You can view the eligible occupations here

 

Department of Home Affairs requirements

You must meet Home Affairs’ requirements for your intended visa subclass, being:

 

English language requirement

You must meet the minimum score for English language requirements as shown below, in all four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), in one of the Home Affairs approved English tests listed.

Competent English bands (test)ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)6666
Occupational English Test (OET)BBBB
Test of English as a foreign language internet-based test (TOEFL-iBT)12132118
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)50505050
Cambridge C1 Advanced169169169169
If you have a passport from the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America or Ireland, you don’t need to sit an English test to be eligible for WA State nomination.

Work experience requirement (not applicable to General stream WASMOL schedule 2 applicants)

You must have:

  • at least one year of Australian work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last 10 years; or
  • at least one year of overseas work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last 10 years.

You can only count work experience gained after you received your qualification, in paid employment, where you have worked at least 20 hours per week.

Further evidence of work experience may be requested during the application process.

 

Contract of employment (not applicable to visa 491 applicants)

You must have a contract of employment in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for full time employment in Western Australia, for at least six months from the date of your application for State nomination. Full time employment is defined as an average of at least 35 hours work per week. You are able to provide two contracts of employment to make up the 35 hours. The contract must include:

  • full names of both the employer and the employee;
  • start and end date (if permanent, only start date is required). The start date must be within three months of your application;
  • job title and related ANZSCO code;
  • job description;
  • terms and conditions of employment (such as salary, hours of work, leave entitlements and superannuation) which must be no less favourable than those that would apply to an Australian citizen or permanent resident doing equivalent work. If your contract does not describe your terms and conditions of employment, you can provide the enterprise agreement or industrial award for your occupation;
  • location of employment;
  • a statement that confirms “work specified in the employment contract must be performed by the employee and not contracted out to a third party”;
  • dated signatures from the employer and the employee; and
  • be drafted by the employer and not by the employee.
You will need to provide a copy of your contract as part of the State nomination application, and it must be provided as one document.

We will also assess whether:

  • an appropriate salary will be paid for the specified occupation, based on market salary rates;
  • the business employing you is genuine and operating in the location specified; and
  • as the employee, you will bear no financial risk and be provided with the relevant tools and equipment to successfully undertake the tasks required.

 

Independent contractors, self employment and sole traders

Employment contracts submitted by an independent contractor or for self-employment do not meet the above requirements and are not suitable to apply for WA State nomination. Employment contracts submitted by a sole trader will be considered in the following circumstances only:

  • the sole trader is not the stated applicant of the State nomination application; and
  • the employment contract meets all the above requirements.

View the Employment contracts and Independent contractors information available on the Fair Work Ombudsman or Austrade website.

 

Graduate Stream

Nominated occupation on the relevant occupation list 

The nominated occupation identified in your skills assessment must be listed as “available” on the Graduate stream occupation list related to your stream.

You can view the eligible occupations here

 

Department of Home Affairs requirements

You must meet Home Affairs’ requirements for your intended visa subclass, being:

 

English language requirement

You must meet the minimum score for English language requirements as shown below, in all four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), in one of the Home Affairs approved English tests listed.

Competent English bands (test)ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)6666
Occupational English Test (OET)BBBB
Test of English as a foreign language internet-based test (TOEFL-iBT)12132118
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)50505050
Cambridge C1 Advanced169169169169
If you have a passport from the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America or Ireland, you don’t need to sit an English test to be eligible for WA State nomination.

 

WA study requirements

You will need to have gained one of the following qualifications from an accredited educational institution in WA that meets the accreditation requirements outlined below at the time of your study.

  • A university or higher education qualification. This includes a PhD, Masters, Bachelor or higher degree (Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma); and/or
  • a vocational education and training (VET) qualification at a Certificate III level or above.

You also must have studied at an accredited WA educational institution, full time and face to face, for at least two years (the educational institution determines whether a course is full time or part time). You can use study from different qualifications to make up the two years, including:

  • university/higher education.
  • VET (Certificate III level or above); and/or
  • English language programs.

The onus is on the applicant to provide evidence to show two years of living and studying in WA. Additionally, the awarding institution must have met the accreditation requirements.

If, due to COVID-19, you were required to complete some of your studies online, you will need to show evidence that you were enrolled as an onshore WA student during this period.

 

Evidence required 

You will need to provide the following evidence:

  • award certificate/s;
  • a record of your results, such as transcript/s or a statement of attainment showing two years full time study in WA; and
  • a letter from your education provider confirming your study duration and study load, start and completion date. If you studied at multiple institutions, to fulfil the two year study requirement, a letter must be provided from each education provider.

If you were studying under an Australian student visa, you will also need to provide:

  • confirmation of enrolment/s (COEs) and/or student visa grant notice for the duration of your two years of WA study; and
  • if any study from your full time course was completed at a reduced study load, evidence demonstrating this was approved by your awarding education provider.

 

To meet the WA study requirement for the State nominated graduate stream, you must have completed your studies at an accredited educational institution (or institutions) in WA. The institution must have been accredited at the time of your relevant WA studies. To be considered accredited, the educational institution (including providers of English language programs) must be:

Please refer to our list of WA accredited educational institutions below, for further information.

In addition:

 

The institution types may be as follows.

  • English language program provider (ELP)
  • Vocational education and training (VET)
  • Higher education (HE)
  • University (U)

 

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