The Tasmanian Nominated Skilled Migration Program will reopen with updated requirements to general applications on 29 January 2021 at 1pm (AEDT).

Tasmania has now received its full nomination quota for the 2020 – 21 program year. The full allocation is made up of:

Subclass 491 – 1400 places

Subclass 190 – 1000 places

Business migration – 45 places

Approximately 25% of skilled visa nomination places have been used.

Migration Tasmania is currently adjusting selection requirements and policies to reflect the expectations and priorities set out by the Department of Home Affairs, with the expectation of opening to general applications in late January 2021. Until this time, the interim program arrangements below will continue to operate.

Visa holders who do not meet the interim requirements but who believe they have exceptional circumstances warranting consideration of nomination should contact Migration Tasmania at before lodging an application. Imminent visa expiry on its own is not a sufficient reason to prioritise a case.

What are critical roles?

The Department of Home Affairs provides guidance on critical roles or critical skills at For Tasmania these roles include those:

  • directly assisting in Tasmania’s COVID-19 response directly engaged by Tasmanian Government
  • providing critical or specialist medical services or delivering medical supplies potentially associated with COVID-19 response. This includes all general nursing and medical positions with the Tasmanian Health Service
  • directly involved in the supply of essential goods and services (medical technology, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, agricultural technology, food production, and the maritime industry) including highly skilled and specialised roles in:
  • infrastructure engineering and maintenance such as dams, large-/high-complexity bridges, irrigation schemes, transport logistics planning and maintenance
  • agriculture such as artificial insemination technicians, wool classers, livestock pregnancy scanners
  • the supply of essential goods and services which would be in jeopardy without the applicant.
    *This does not include lower level positions such as retail workers, harvest labour, delivery drivers, or warehouse staff.
  • delivering services in sectors critical to economic recovery such as financial technology, large scale manufacturing, film and television production and emerging technology which:
  • must be high-value/highly-skilled/specialised roles
  • would normally include a significant and recognised contribution to export income, significant flow-on employment and economic benefits, high-value national/ international exposure.
    *This will not generally include small scale, locally-oriented operations.

In addition, Tasmania will accept new applications from people employed in:

skilled health and allied health occupations, including in private and not-for-profit sectors
senior support workers/enrolled nurses/registered nurses in aged, disability and community care (minimum diploma qualified).

Note: Chefs and Cooks – Now included in interim program
All new nomination applicants must be in a genuine and ongoing skilled position as a Chef or Cook. This does not normally include lower-skilled employment in limited service restaurants, e.g. sushi makers, pizza makers.

The scope of these priority areas may change as the needs of Tasmania’s economy evolves.

What is a genuine, ongoing and meaningful contribution to the Tasmanian economy?

Every nomination must be justified in terms of an applicant’s potential to contribute to economic recovery in Tasmania. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate how they meet this requirement.

Supporting claims may include:

employment in highly skilled, hard to fill roles
high value skills or experience not readily found in the local community
long-term high-value financial contribution to the local economy leading to additional employment outcomes for locals
involvement in Tasmanian business or enterprise that is significantly reliant on the applicant’s ongoing presence in Tasmania
a clear, plausible potential to live in Tasmania and contribute to the development of skills which are needed in Tasmania.


What does this mean for Subclass 188 and 132 visa nomination applications?
As Business Migration program reopens, all new business nominations must be of high quality that support Australia’s COVID-19 recovery effort.

What does this mean for prospective business investors?

Migration Tasmania is seeking interest from high calibre business investors who can make a significant contribution to Tasmania’s economy. We are looking for business proposals which display some of the following key attributes:

Investment in a regional area (which generally excludes Hobart CBD and suburbs)
Generation and/or retention of local jobs for Tasmanians.
Investment in key sector/s that will benefit Tasmania’s economy which may include:
Aquaculture, Agriculture and Agribusiness
Minerals and Mining
Forestry and Timber
Antarctic and Marine Science
Information and Communication Technology
Creative Industry
Community Infrastructures that enhance a region’s liveability
Renewal Energy
Bio Renewal/Waste Recycle
Food production
Generation of significant flow-on opportunities for other sectors and/or economic growth
Partnership with at least one Tasmanian business partner who is a permanent resident or an Australian citizen.
Transfer of new capital investment
Expansion of trade in Tasmanian goods and/or services
Development of export markets for Tasmanian products or replacement of imports
Introduction of new skills, expertise, technologies or innovations that are currently unavailable in Tasmania.
Environmentally sustainable initiatives that build on Tasmania’s established environmental principles.
Prospective applicants can show interest by completing a short “intention to apply” form, providing details of their background, experience and plans. Migration Tasmania will contact those with the best value proposition and invite them to provide full application details.