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Victoria Skilled Nomination Program 2018

Check the requirements, especially for ICT occupations and how to submit your application for nomination. We are sharing the official information for the benefit of our readers and the migrant public at no cost or obligation.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on March 21, 2018; updated March 21, 2018

Victoria Skilled Nomination Program 2018

Victoria Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

Permanent residence., Requirements

To apply for Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), you must

  • have:a nominated occupation that is on a Visa Nomination Occupation Lists
  • obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • not yet turned age 50
  • achieved the required points test score
  • meet the English language requirement as specified on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists
  • meet all other visa nomination eligibility requirements.


Visa holders must live in Victoria for at least two years.

How to apply

You need to:

  • lodge an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect,
  • apply for visa nomination from the Victorian Government. 

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) allows points-tested skilled workers to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residency skilled migration visa for people with an occupation in high demand in Australia's labour market. The visa is administered by the Department of Home Affairs.

If you have qualifications, skills and experience in an occupation listed on the Visa Nomination Occupations Lists, you may be eligible for Victorian visa nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

You must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government before applying for this visa.


In order to receive a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), you will need to meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:


You must be below age 45 to lodge an application for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

English language

Meet the English language requirements as specified on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists.

All applicants must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least six in each band score. Certain occupations require a higher standard of English for the purpose of state nomination - these occupations are specified on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists. Applicants who are currently working in their nominated occupation in Victoria and have been for at least six months, may be exempt from meeting higher English language requirements and should apply for nomination.   

Alternative English language tests are accepted.  Applicants can obtain the IELTS equivalent in any of the following Department of Home Affairs' accepted language tests: OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).

You must upload a scanned copy of your English language test results as part of the online nomination application. 

Please note: If you are a citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand, you are not required to submit an English language test.


To apply for Victorian nomination under the Skilled Nominated (190) visa, your occupation must be listed on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/migrate/visa-nomination-occupation-lists/visa-nomination-occupation-list-for-victoria

or the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Graduates.-  https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/migrate/visa-nomination-occupation-lists/visa-nomination-occupation-list-for-graduates

Some occupations have additional work experience, English language and specialisation requirements that are noted on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists.

If you have a PhD from a Victorian university, you may nominate any occupation that is eligible for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa on the Department of Home Affairs' Migration (IMMI 18/051: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities) Instrument 2018

Important: Not all occupations that appear on this list are eligible for the subclass 190 visa. Occupations that have a "Y" in column 4 are not eligible for the subclass 190 visa. We are unable to provide specific advice around this occupation list

International PhD graduates

The Victorian Government offers a streamlined pathway for visa nomination for international PhD graduates. Applications will be priority processed within two weeks and applicants must meet all eligibility requirements to apply. Learn more about the streamlined pathway for international PhD graduates.


When you migrate to Melbourne you need to ensure that you have enough financial resources available for you and any family members who are dependent on you. Financial resource requirements are in place to ensure you can support yourself and your family before you find work.

Onshore applicants working on the nominated occupation only needs A$20,000. See the financial requirements for Offshore applicants, below,


No. of dependents         Australian dollars (A$)

Individual applicant        $30,000

1                                         $35,000

2                                         $40,000

3                                         $50,000

4                                         $60,000

5                                         $70,000

6 or more                         $80,000

Offer of employment

You will need to provide a current Victorian job offer and Confirmation of Employment Statement if:

  • you are currently living in another Australian state, or
  • you are an international graduate and it is a requirement for your occupation on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Graduates.

To demonstrate evidence of a job offer, you’re required to provide a contract or letter of offer from your employer, which includes your employer’s Australian Business Number (ABN) and contact details. The employment must be in the nominated occupation for permanent (not casual) work, for at least 20 hours per week, and for at least six continuous months.

Your commitment to Victoria

You must commit to living and working in Victoria for at least two years. If you are currently living in another Australian state, you will need to provide a current Victorian job offer in your nominated occupation to support your visa nomination application.


You and your migration agent (if applicable) must read, understand and sign the Victorian nomination declaration in order to be considered for Victorian visa nomination.

Detailed resume or curriculum vitae (CV)

Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is a critical document used to assess your suitability for Victorian visa nomination. It must provide evidence of skills and work experience and a detailed, chronological list of all relevant employment.

You should take the time to ensure your CV is professionally presented, descriptive and provides our assessors and industry advisors with a comprehensive reflection of your skills, work readiness, employment history and work experience. You should explain any gaps in employment.

Your CV should be no more than four pages long and must include:

  • detailed descriptions of relevant tasks and responsibilities performed within all employment
  • dates of employment (including month and year)
  • dates of education and training.

A relevant job offer from a Victorian employer can provide evidence of your work readiness and employability.

See our sample CV for a guide on preparing your CV.

Skills assessment

A skills assessment must match the occupation you have nominated and is a required document at the time of lodging your visa nomination application.

To find out where you can have your skills assessed, go to the skills assessment and assessing authorities section on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Department of Home Affairs requirements

Successfully gaining Victorian visa nomination does not guarantee that you will be granted an Australian visa. You must also meet the Department of Home Affairs eligibility requirements for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

Your application will be refused if your CV is too brief or does not include these details. If your application is refused, you must wait for six months before you are eligible to reapply.

Apply for ICT Occupations

Due to the high number of ICT applications that Victoria receives, we have changed our application process for ICT occupations. The aim of this is to reduce processing times and hopefully improve your experience with our program.  To apply for Victorian nomination (in ICT occupations), follow these steps:

1. Check you meet the Department of Home Affairs Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) requirements and Victoria’s minimum nomination requirements.

2. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) in the Department of Home Affairs' SkillSelect, and indicate your interest for Victorian nomination. You do not need to notify Victoria that you have submitted an EOI. Note that if you already have an EOI in the SkillSelect system (submitted before 1 July 2017), it will be considered for Victorian nomination. You will not need to resubmit it.

3. Regularly check your email (including your junk mail folder) to see if you have been selected by Victoria. There is no set timeframe to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI. Invitations are not guaranteed. If selected, an email invitation to apply for Victorian visa nomination will be sent to your email address used for the EOI.

4. Submit an online application for Victorian visa nomination within 14 days of receiving the invitation. Note that you must be able to demonstrate that you still meet the claims that were in your EOI when you were invited. We recommend that you have all your supporting documents ready before you submit your EOI in SkillSelect, as the 14 days cannot be extended.

5. If you are successfully nominated by the Victorian Government, you will receive a SkillSelect invitation to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

6. Submit a visa application to Department of Home Affairs within 60 days of being nominated by Victoria.

Selection considerations    

The Victorian Government will review and select the top-ranking ICT candidates from SkillSelect, who have indicated Victoria as their preferred state.  Candidates who are selected to apply are still required to meet Victoria’s minimum eligibility requirements, including demonstrating employability and commitment to Victoria, and are not guaranteed nomination.

If you are not selected by the Victorian Government, you will not receive an email. Your EOI will continue to be considered for as long as it remains in the Department of Home Affairs' SkillSelect system.

Exemptions from this process

This application process is for ICT occupations only. However, if you are an ICT applicant and currently hold an offer of employment in your nominated occupation in Victoria, or meet the streamlined 457 or PhD pathways, you are exempt from this process and can lodge a Victorian visa nomination application directly without first being selected by Victoria.

How to apply for Victorian visa nomination: All other occupations

There are five steps to work through for Victorian visa nomination. You must first meet the minimum eligibility requirements, but this does not guarantee an offer of nomination.

Step 1: Prepare your documents

When you lodge your online application, you must provide:

  • a detailed resume or CV
  • a Skilled Declaration form
  • a skills assessment
  • English language test results or, if exempt, a copy of your passport bio page
  • evidence of licensing/registration (if applicable)
  • an offer of employment (if applicable)
  • copy of the PhD completion letter (if applicable)
  • copy of your 457 visa documents (if applicable).


You may be requested to provide additional documents if your application proceeds in the selection process. These documents may include:

  • trade qualification/certificates
  • education transcripts.

If these documents are requested, you will be given reasonable time to provide them.

Step 2: Lodge your nomination application

You can lodge your application for Victorian nomination online and submit all supporting documents through our online application system.

Fees and charges

There is no application fee for Victorian visa nomination.

Family members and dependants

Include any dependants in the visa nomination application that you intend to include in your visa application with the Department of Home Affairs.

Step 3: Confirm acceptance of visa nomination offer within four months

Victorian visa nomination is valid for four months from the date of the nomination notification email. Within this time period you will need to:

  • lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect
  • select Victoria as your preference, and
  • notify the Victorian Government of this by providing your EOI ID.


If you have registered your EOI on SkillSelect and you are nominated by the Victorian Government, you will automatically receive an invitation to apply from the Department of Home Affairs, subject to the number of limited positions available.  

If we do not receive your valid EOI ID within the four-month period, your application will expire and your file will be closed.

Hard copies of documents are not accepted. You will need to submit scanned copies of documents as part of your online nomination application.

Step 4: Lodge your visa application

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for issuing and administering all Australian visas. Contact the Department directly or visit their website for information about lodging your visa application, visa requirements, obligations and processing times.

When you lodge your visa application with the Department, please notify the Victorian Government by emailing smp.applications@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au

Step 5: Notify us of your visa outcome

As part of your visa nomination commitment, you must notify us of your visa outcome by emailing: smp.applications@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au

Processing time

The average processing time for Victorian skilled visa nomination is currently 12 weeks. This may vary depending on the occupation and in some instances it may take longer to assess applications.

You (or your migration agent) will be notified of the outcome of your nomination application by email.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for issuing and administering all Australian visas.

Assessment criteria

Every application for Victorian visa nomination is assessed individually with a focus on your ability to address a number of assessment criteria, including:

  • your ability to meet the minimum eligibility criteria
  • the demand for your particular skills and expertise and your ability to find work in Victoria
  • the suitability and transferability of your qualifications, skills and experience – including any specialist capabilities – to the needs of Victoria’s labour market, and
  • your ability and commitment to establishing yourself, and any dependants, in Victoria with a view to long-term settlement in Victoria.


Applicants who best meet the assessment criteria will be offered nomination.

Nomination obligations

There are several obligations that every Victorian visa nomination applicant needs to complete as part of the application process.

Notification of visa grant and arrival

You must email us with notification of the Department of Home Affairs' decision on your visa application. Use the email smp.applications@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.auexternal linkwhen you find out the outcome of your application.

If you are living outside Australia, you do not need to arrive in Australia before a certain date for the purpose of Victorian visa nomination. However, the Department of Home Affairs usually stipulates a date by which you must enter Australia on your visa. Contact the Department directly with any queries about this requirement.

You must email us at smp.applications@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au with notification of your arrival to Australia.

Live and work in Victoria for two years

A primary obligation of the Victorian visa nomination application process is that you and any of your dependants must live in Victoria for the first two years of your visa. This two-year period begins when you enter Australia permanently on the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), or if you are already onshore, when your visa is granted by the Department of Home Affairs.

Complete five email surveys

There are five short surveys that you must complete over the first two-year period of arrival. The surveys will be emailed to you.

You will receive your first survey when you arrive in Australia, or when your skilled visa is activated. You will then receive one survey every six months.

The responses and feedback in the surveys are used to evaluate and improve the Victorian Government’s Skilled and Business Migration Program.


While we hope you’re able to continue your career within your nominated occupation, it’s not mandatory to continue to work in your nominated occupation.

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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