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Several States and Territories release State Occupation Lists

Several States and Territories released their state based occupation lists during the first week of July. The lists are very much state specific and generally contain occupations which are in demand in a particular area or region. Quite often, state lists are seen from an immigration point of view, to be more beneficial compared to the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) used for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa, as these lists contain a wider range of occupations which are in many cases are not included on the MLTSSL.

Below is a State/Territory breakdown containing relevant updates:


ACT List remains accessible to ACT residents only. There are currently 65 occupations available. Occupations which have been removed or closed include Sales and Marketing Manager (ANZSCO 131112), Human Resource Manager (ANZSCO 132311) and Photographer (ANZSCO 211311).

During the last migration year, the ACT issued a total of 825 subclass 190 nominations.

South Australia:

South Australia manages its migration intake via two state lists operating simultaneously, the State Nomination Occupation List which contains some 172 occupations as well as a Supplementary List containing 297 Occupations. Applicants wishing to apply for an occupation listed in the Supplementary List will need to meet the following additional criteria:

  • Being an international graduate of South Australia; or,

  • Working in a skilled occupation in South Australia for the last 12 months; or,

  • Having an immediate family member residing in South Australia for 12 months or more; or,

  • Have a points score of at least 80

During the last migration year, the South Australia issued a total of 836 subclass 190 nominations.


Queensland has reopened its 190 visa program and there are currently four state lists operating simultaneously:

  1. Working in Queensland (QSOL);

  2. Off-shore migrants wanting to live in QLD;

  3. Master’s graduate from a QLD University; and,

  4. A PhD Graduate from a QLD University

Certain occupations such as Finance Manager and Human Resource Manager require a minimum point score of 70 in order to receive a nomination from the QLD government.

During the last migration year, the Queensland issued a total of 1009 subclass 190 nominations.

New South Wales is yet to publish its new state List; however, certain regional lists have now been updated including Northern Inland as well as the Murray region.

Western Australia is also in the process of updating its state list. A report published on the Home Affairs website shows Western Australia issuing just one state nomination between June 2017 to May 2018. There were zero regional nominations issued for the same period.

The new Migration year is shaping up to be unpredictable, restrictive and somewhat volatile, which subsequently requires strategic planning in order to achieve a desired outcome. It is therefore paramount to seek professional advice to map out suitable options which may be available.

Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.

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