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Western Australia's State Nomination 190 and 491 -Graduate Stream 2023-2024

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

This blog will discuss Western Australia's 190 and 491 nomination criteria for the Graduate Stream.

State nomination and your application for a visa are two separate processes. Western Australia's Government assesses your application for state nomination, and the Department of Home Affairs assesses your Visa application.

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 your assessing authority requires a higher level;

When you are applying for an Expression Of Interest with Western Australia, your EOI will be prioritised as follows:

  • Western Australia will look at the Applicant's location. Candidates residing in Western Australia are given first priority. Candidates residing in the rest of Australia or outside Australia will be given second priority.

  • Western Australia will look at the Applicant's Occupation: Candidates with an occupation in the industry sectors below will be given first priority. These industries are-building and construction;-healthcare and social assistance;-hospitality and tourism;-education and training;

  • Candidates with an occupation in other industry sectors will be given second priority.

  • Next will be the occupation ceilings ;

  • Next will be nomination ceilings for university/higher education graduates and VET graduates.

Western Australian ranking hierarchy for university
  • Meeting the State Nomination Graduate Stream minimum requirements;

  • Next will be meeting the Department of Home Affairs points test pass mark and

  • The oldest Expression of Interest submission date

Western Australian State Nomination minimum requirements for the Graduate stream.

To be considered for an invitation to apply for the State nomination Graduate stream, candidates must:

  • have an occupation listed as available and eligible for the intended visa subclass on the Graduate Occupation List (GOL) ;

  • have gained a Certificate III or higher qualification in Western Australia, including a requirement to have completed at least two years of full-time study in Western Australia at a Western Australian university, higher education provider, TAFE, registered training provider, or English language provider

Regarding the priority occupations, you can see which ones will be prioritised next to your occupation. You can see some below for priority occupations which are falling under:

-building and construction;

-healthcare and social assistance;

-hospitality and tourism;

-education and training;

Civil Engineer ANZSCO 233211

Cafe or restaurant manager ANZSCO 141111

Primary School teacher ANZSCO 241213

SOCIAL worker ANZSCO 272511

If you are considering applying for a nomination with Western Australia this Financial year, you may seek professional help. If you have any questions regarding your visa options, please book a consultation with us.


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