Victoria Reopen Target Sectors – 2021-22

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Victoria Reopen Target Sectors – 2021-22

Victoria’s Skilled Migration Program – 2021-22 opening

1 July 2021

Victoria’s Skilled Migration Program for 2021-22

Victoria’s Skilled Migration Program for 2021-22 will open to new Registrations of Interest (ROIs) on 7 July 2021. The Department of Home Affairs has provided Victoria with 3,500 subclass 190 places, and 500 subclass 491 places.

This year we will be selecting candidates who are currently living and working in Victoria, using their STEMM skills in a target sector. For further information on eligibility requirements, please see:

The major changes to the 2021-22 program are:

  • The removal of the minimum experience and hours worked requirement.
  • An increase in the number of target sectors.
  • Applicants must have STEMM skills and have a Skill Level 1 or 2 occupation.  Applicants for subclass 491 nomination may also have a Skill Level 3 occupation using their STEMM skills.

If you submitted a ROI for the 2020-21 program and were not selected, you must submit a new ROI in 2021-22.   Further information about the selection process and how to apply is available. Book a private consultation 

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent visa for skilled migrants with advanced talent currently working in Victoria using their STEMM skills. You must receive nomination from Victoria before you can apply for the visa.

Before you read on, check that this is the right visa for you: Department of Home Affairs – Subclass 190 Skilled nominated visa.

To be eligible to apply for Victorian Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa nomination, you must:

  • live and work in Victoria
  • work in a Victorian target sector using your STEMM skills
  • be under 45 years of age
  • have at least Competent English
  • have a valid Skills Assessment
  • have achieved at least 65 point.

Target sectors

Target sector 1

The health sector in Victoria consists of professionals providing medical services to Victorians as well as those involved in related education and research and development.

You do not necessarily need to be working in a health occupation (e.g. Nurse) to be considered working in the health sector. For example, a software developer working on software for hospitals is considered to be working in the health sector.

Nursing applicants: please note that we only nominate applicants with specific specialisations. For further information, booking for the private consultation.

Target sectors 2

In addition to medical research conducted in universities and research institutes, Victoria’s medical research includes activities such as drug development, clinical trials, health product manufacturing, medical devices and digital health.

If you are using your STEMM skills to support medical research in Victoria, you are considered to be working in the medical research sector.

Target sectors 3

Victoria’s life sciences sector is composed of many industries such as the medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Companies involved in food processing, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals may also be considered to form part of the life sciences sector.

If you are using your STEMM skills to support Victoria’s life sciences sector, you are considered to be working in the life sciences sector. For example, a lecturer in biotechnology working in a university is considered to be working in life sciences.

Target sectors 4

The digital sector makes use of technology and innovation to drive economic growth, productivity and competitiveness in Victoria.

Currently we are only selecting applicants with cyber security skills to apply for subclass 190 visa nomination.  Applicants without cyber security skills who are seeking subclass 190 visa nomination may still be selected if they are using their digital skills in another target sector. For example, a software engineer working in medical research.

Applicants working in any segment of the digital sector will be considered for selection for subclass 491 visa nomination.

Target sectors 5

The agri-food sector in Victoria includes highly skilled people working to develop food growth and production as well as the modernisation of Victoria’s agri-food sector. To be considered for selection to apply for nomination, applicants must be using their STEMM skills to innovate within the sector, which could include research and development or advanced manufacturing.

Target sectors 6

Victoria’s advanced manufacturing sector includes industries such as defence and aerospace. To be considered to be working in advanced manufacturing, you must be using your STEMM skills to enhance innovation. This could include activities such as research and development, design, supply chain management increasing global competitiveness through the use of technology.

Target sectors 7

This sector includes industries such as clean energy, renewables, bioenergy, carbon capture and energy storage. Applicants could be using their STEMM skills to support efforts to reduce waste, cut pollution and protect the environment.

In your application, you will need to provide the following documents to show you meet the requirements:

  • Passport
  • English language test
  • Skills assessment
  • Employment contract
  • Payslips
  • Superannuation
  • Position description
  • Registration (if required, e.g. AHPRA)
  • Victorian declaration form
  • Appointment of agent form (if required)