Skilled workers living in Queensland

work in regional Queensland


Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) – This visa is for onshore skilled workers and Queensland Ph.D. graduates who wish to live and work in Queensland permanently.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – This visa allows nominated skilled workers to live and work in regional Queensland for 5 years and is a pathway to permanent residency.

You may undertake employment through:

  • work for one or more employers,
  • work at two part-time jobs, or
  • work in your own business as an owner or operator.

Applicable regions

You must live and work within one of the following postcodes to be eligible for the 491 Regional visas:

4124–4125, 4133, 4183–4184, 4207–4275, 4280–4287, 4306–4498, 4507, 4517–4519, 4550–4575, 4580–4895.

Note: If you are a current holder of a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) or have applied for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491), you will not be eligible for nomination for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190). This restriction also applies to the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a Queensland nomination, you must meet both the Australian Department of Home Affairs criteria and Migration Queensland criteria for your chosen visa category.

Home Affairs criteria require you to:

  • have a points-test result of 65 or higher, inclusive of state nomination points;
  • have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation;
  • be under 45 years of age;
  • meet the minimum English language requirement of competent, unless a higher level is required by your assessing authority; and submit additional documents, if invited to lodge an application for a 190 or 491 visa.

Migration Queensland criteria requires you to:

  • have a points-test result of 80 or higher for 190, and 65 or higher for 491 (please note that Migration Queensland will be selecting from the highest points for each occupation). 
  • have an occupation on Home Affairs’ relevant list of eligible skilled occupations (LIN 19/051).
  • have Proficient English.
  • If you are lodging an Expression of Interest for a 190 visa: Provide evidence of full-time post-qualification employment (minimum of 35 hours per week) over the past 6 months in Queensland in your nominated occupation immediately prior to submitting your EOI.
  • If you are lodging an Expression of Interest for a 491 visa: Provide evidence that you have been living in regional Queensland and undertaking full-time post-qualification employment (minimum of 35 hours per week) over the past 3 months in your nominated occupation immediately prior to submitting your EOI.
  • provide evidence of ongoing employment with a Queensland employer that is registered in Queensland for a further 12 months (minimum of 35 hours per week). For a 491 visa, this must be ongoing employment in a regional area.
  • commit to living and working in Queensland for 2 years for a 190 visa and 3 years for the 491 from visa grant.

Please note: Businesses must have an office in Queensland. A virtual office will not be accepted.

Further Selection Process Summary

  • Quotas for specific occupations with a high level of applications (table below).
Occupation groupingOccupationsQuota
FinanceAccountant (General), Finance Manager, Management Accountant50 each150 total
EngineersCivil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Engineering Technologist50 each200 total
ICTSoftware Engineer, Developer Programmer, ICT Business Analyst, Software & Application Programmers NEC50 each200 total
Quantity SurveyorQuantity Surveyor30 each/total
NursesAged Care, Critical Care & Emergency, NEC nurses50 each150 total
TradesMotor Mechanic, Cook30 each60 total

Caveats for Selected Occupations

  • Accountants (General)
    • preference will be given to applicants employed in an accounting firm
    • must be a CPA or are studying towards become a CPA.
  • Internal and External Auditors
    • must have a job as an Auditor (not an Accountant).
  • Cooks and Chefs
    • No takeaway or fast-food businesses.

Labour hire employment

If you are employed through a labor hire company, make sure that they are registered in Queensland. All labor-hire providers operating in Queensland must be licensed under the Labour Hire Licencing Act 2017, including those based interstates or overseas who supply workers in Queensland.

You will be required to provide evidence that your labor hire company complies with these registration requirements. Your Statement of service must be written by the company you have been placed within.

Application process

Step 1

Review your eligibility criteria, visa conditions, and document checklist on the Department of Home Affairs website and the Migration Queensland website. Ensure that you meet both the Home Affairs Immigration Eligibility Criteria and Migration Queensland criteria and that you have all your documentation – including proof of registration, if required for your occupation – ready before you apply.

Step 2

For Queensland state nomination, submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with SkillSelect. Ensure that all information, such as work experience, is included in your EOI. Preference will be given to applicants who select “Queensland” as their nominating state.

Step 3

Migration Queensland assesses all EOIs that meet the above Home Affairs Immigration Eligibility Criteria and Migration Queensland criteria. If you are successful, you will receive an email invitation to lodge an application and be requested to provide the documents required.

Note: You must upload these documents digitally through the Document Portal link in your invitation email. Migration Queensland no longer accepts documents sent by email or post. You can only upload one document per file. If you have multiple documents, merge, and save them as one file.

Step 4

When you have received your invitation from Migration Queensland:

  1. upload the required documents, and
  2. pay the non-refundable application fee to finalise your application. Do not pay the fee until you have been invited to apply and all your documents have been uploaded.

Migration Queensland will then review your application and request any further information.

Note: You will be given 14 days to finalize your application from the date of invitation. Applications not finalized within the time frame will be closed and you will need to submit a new EOI if you wish to seek a Queensland nomination again.

Step 5

Once Migration Queensland has received and approved your completed application, you will receive an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs to lodge your visa application. You will be given 60 days to lodge your application with them.

Note: If you realize that you have made a mistake on your submitted EOI after receiving a nomination, or if you miss the lodgement date, you will have to wait 6 months before applying again.

Migration Queensland documentation

If you are currently working in Queensland, you may apply for either subclass 190 or subclass 491 Regional nomination.

Please ensure that you:

  • familiarise yourself with the application process,
  • meet both the Home Affairs criteria and Migration Queensland criteria for your chosen visa, and
  • have the following documentation prepared prior to lodging an EOI.

If you meet Queensland state nomination requirements, you may be invited by Migration Queensland to lodge further documentation.

Please do not tell us when you have lodged your documents or paid the processing fee.

If you do not meet the requirements you will not receive an invitation and will need to speak with an Australian Registered Migration Agent or immigration lawyer about other possible visa pathways.

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Skilled workers living in Queensland

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