Following the recent official announcements of various budgets and new policies by Immigration, the states have also introduced future plans for state sponsorships and current temporary policies. We have had a lot of enquiries from students seeking advise on which state is more suitable for migration. We do not have the information of the list of new occupations yet, but today we have summarised the current temporary policies for the majors that students often consult about. 



Professional immigration directions


Please refer to the chart below (updated October 2020) below, where we have sort out occupations by states and categorised different levels as follows: 


• R-Recommended: Recommended

• M-Maybe: Not recommended if you do not have enough work experience or high scores (less positions, higher competition, or more difficult to be recognised as key profession, see the   chart below for specific reasons)

• U-Unaccepted: no chance


State analysis


Following the above chart, we have also done further analysis along with the recent state sponsorship and temporary policies introduced by all states.


ACT Standards

• U: Not on the occupation list of the ACT temporary policy. Unless you are currently a 457/482 visa holder, otherwise you cannot apply for state sponsorship.

• M: The number is very limited. There are many people studying related majors locally, and the competition is very high. If you are not competitive (requires work experience, high immigration scores, etc.), it is not recommended to apply.

• R: There is large numbers available, it is the key profession required, and it is recommended to apply.

• RM: The number is limited, there are fewer people studying related majors locally, and the competition is average. If you are more competitive, it is worth a try.


QLD & WA Standards

• U: At present, the sponsorships of the two states are temporarily closed.


NSW Standards

• U: At present, NSW491 no longer accepts new applications, and only invites those who have not been reviewed in the previous financial year, is currently in NSW, and their occupations are medical, engineering and IT related.

• UM: Currently NSW190 continues to accept new applications, but they will only invite people currently working in NSW and their occupations are related to medical and IT. The ranking of invitations is ranked by immigration scores, English scores, and relevant work experience. If you do not have the above, it is recommended not to apply.



VIC Standards

• R: Currently VIC only invites people who work in the medical and health fields, so applicants who work in related fields in the nursing profession have an absolute advantage.

• MU: Those who do not have a nursing or medical profession, if they work in a related field (such as in a hospital, a related research institute, etc.), you can try to explain how your occupation is beneficial to the economy and medical care of VIC.


TAS & SA Standards

• R: A position that can directly contribute to the economy, infrastructure and medical resources of TAS/SA.

• RM: After explanation, positions that can indirectly contribute to the economy, infrastructure and medical resources of TAS/SA.

• M: After explanation, you may be able to prove the value of your contribution to TAS, but it is relatively far-fetched. It is recommended to have a better working background and project experience first.

• MU: Very far-fetched, it is not recommended to apply.



NT Standards

• R: At present, NT still does not provide a special temporary policy, but prefers the key skill occupations required by the Immigration during the invitation stage. Therefore, anyone who is still on the NT occupation list can apply. However, the invitation rate may vary depending on the contribution rate of each occupation. 

• U: Not on the NT occupation list, no chance to apply.


The above chart and analysis will be updated regularly as the policy changes. However, what we can see is that if you want to apply for state sponsorship, the most important step is to write your own profession profile and how you can effectively contribute to Australia's economic recovery, infrastructure and medical information. And this is also a step directly related to whether your application will be selected.


Therefore, no matter whether you are working in these key areas or not, when applying for state sponsorship please be sure to find a professional migration agent to draft these documents for you. Migration agents will be more familiar with the criteria required by Immigration and state government.