Capital: Melbourne

Melbourne is Australia’s second largest capital city and home to some of Australia’s best cafes and restaurants. As Australia’s cultural powerhouse, Melbourne hosts wonderful events, and has a demonstrated passion for food and wine. Melbourne is located on Port Phillip Bay in Australia’s South East and has a population of 3,634,200.

State Nomination

If you would like to live in Victoria, the State Government may be able to nominate you for Skilled Nominated subclass 190 visa, or a Skilled Regional Sponsored subclass 489 visa. This would allow you to live and work in Melbourne or regional Victoria, 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 which will determine which Skilled Migration visas’ are available to you, and the steps you will need to take in order to obtain them.

Regional Skilled Migration

Most areas within Victoria are considered regional for Skilled Migration purposes. As the holder of a Victorian Regional Nominated visa (489), you and your family could live anywhere within Victoria, with the exception of the Melbourne Metropolitan area.  This visa requires nomination from the State Government.

The following regions are available for Skilled Migration:

  • Northwest Region: This region includes the cities and towns of Bendigo, Castlemaine, Echuca, Gisborne, Kyabram, Maryborough, Mildura, Swan Hill.
  • Northeast Region:  This region includes the cities and towns of Benalla, Seymour, Sheparton- Mooroopna, Wallan, Wangaratta, Wodonga, Yarrawonga.
  • West Region: This region includes the cities and towns of Ararat, Horsham, Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat, Stawell.
  • Southwest Region: This region includes the cities and towns of Hamilton, Geelong, Portland, Warrnambool, Colac, Drysdale, Clifton Springs, Lara, Leopold, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Torquay.
  • Southeast Region: This region includes the cities and towns of Sale, Bairnsdale, Traralgon, Drouin, Lakes Entrance, Moe-Yallourn, Morwell, Warragul, Wonthaggi.

Be sure to check whether you qualify before applying for regional skilled migration.

Keep in mind that DIAC limits the number of Victorian nominations in a migration program year through the State Migration Plan. The Victorian Government nominates eligible applicants under the quota for a defined number of places available for people with occupations, skills and experience required in Victoria.