Capital: Brisbane

Home to a sub-tropical climate, Brisbane is a popular vacation destination with one of the fastest growing populations of all Australian cities. With the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, the Whitsunday Islands, the Capricorn Coast and so much more on its doorstep, Brisbane gives access to a lifestyle most people only dream of. 1,810,900 people currently live in Brisbane.

State Nomination

States and Territories in Australia regularly review which skills are needed in a particular area to help boost the economy.

If you would like to live in Queensland, the State Government may be able to nominate you for a Skilled Nominated subclass 190 visa, or a Skilled Regional Sponsored subclass 489 visa. This would allow you to live and work in either Brisbane or regional Queensland, depending on the visa available to you.

Be sure to check whether you qualify before you apply for either of the State nominated visa streams, or you can remove any doubt by applying for a Skilled Migration assessment with us which will determine which Skilled visas’ are available to you, and what steps you need to take to obtain them.

Regional Skilled Migration

Participating Regional Areas of Queensland may nominate applicants with the required skills under the Skilled Nominated Regional subclass 489 visa program. This visa requires nomination from a Regional Certifying Body, currently represented by Regional Development Australia offices.

Apart from the Greater Brisbane Area and the Goldcoast, the following areas are defined as regional for the purpose of State Nomination and migration:

  • Cairns and Far North Queensland
  • Central West
  • Gladstone
  • Mackay Whitsunday
  • Mount Isa and North West
  • Rockhampton
  • South West and Darling Downs
  • Townsville
  • Wide Bay Burnett
  • Brisbane and South East Queensland: The following postcode areas in the Brisbane region are available for state nominated skilled migration: 4124, 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4515, 4517 to 4519, 4522 to 4899.

Be sure to check whether you qualify before applying for regional skilled migration, or ask us to assess your eligibility for the skilled migration program.

Remember that DIAC limits the number of Queensland nominations for each migration program year in accordance with the State Migration Plan. The Queensland Government nominates eligible applicants having regard to the number of places available for people with occupations, skills and experience required in Queensland.