Victorian State Nomination Update – Subclass 190 Visas

The Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) is a points based skilled visa that allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. The Victorian government currently nominates skilled workers who are currently working in a specified target sector using their STEMM skills. Accordingly, the Victorian state nomination program for Melbourne migration remains highly competitive and limited places are offered to applicants with advanced skills.

Victoria recently announced certain important changes to their State Nomination program for 2021-2022. The major changes to the 2021-22 program are:

  • The removal of the minimum work experience requirement.
  • An increase in the number of target sectors.
  • Applicants must have STEMM skills and have an ANZSCO Skill Level 1 or 2 occupation.  ANZSCO Skill Level 1 and 2 mainly include management and professional occupations.

Application Process for Melbourne migration:

  1. Make an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the Department of Home Affairs’ SkillSelect portal and select Victoria as your preferred state,
  2. Submit a Registration of Interest (ROI) via the Live in Melbourne portal of the Victorian government,
  3. If invited by the Victorian government, submit a nomination application via the Live in Melbourne portal within 14 days of receiving an invitation,
  4. If your nomination application is successful, apply for Subclass 190 visa with the Department of Home Affairs.


To be eligible to apply for Victorian Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa, you must:

  • have had your Registration of Interest (ROI) selected
  • live and work in Victoria (no minimum work experience)
  • work in a Victorian target sector (Health, Medical research, Life sciences, Digital, Agri-food, Advanced manufacturing, New energy, emissions reduction and circular economy, Creative industries) using your STEMM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or Medicine)
  • be under 45 years of age
  • have at least Competent English
  • have a valid Skills Assessment
  • have achieved at least 65 points (practically you are required to have 90 points or above to be competitive).

For more information Melbourne migration options, please contact Elmtree Migration Lawyers.