Victoria State and Regional Sponsor update.webp

To be selected for Victorian skilled visa nomination, you must first submit a Registration of Interest (ROI).

No minimum work length and casual can be considered.

Any occupations related to this sector can apply:

  • Health

  • Medical Research

  • Life Sciences

  • Digital

  • Agri-Food

  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • New energy, emissions reduction, and circular economy

When to apply?

Victoria’s Skilled Migration Program for 2021-22 is open now to new Registration of Interest (ROIs).

The Department of Home Affairs has provided Victoria with the following allocations:

  • 3,500 subclasses 190 places and,

  • 500 subclasses 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.

Bachelor of Nursing

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More on the Target sectors



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 specializations. 

Information for Nurses

We value the contribution nurses continue to make to Victoria. In the 2020-21 program, we selected over 1,000 nurses to apply for Victorian visa nomination.

This year, we will continue to select nurses to apply for Victorian visa nomination. Based on consultation with industry and the Department of Health, our focus will be on the specialisations below:

  • Midwife - 254111

  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) - 254412

  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) - 254415

  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) - 254422

  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) – 254423

  • Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) - 254425

We also select nurses on advice from the Department of Health.

Nurses employed directly by a health provider (e.g. nursing home or hospital) will be prioritised over those working for an agency.

Medical Research

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.

Life Sciences

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.


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.


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.


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.

New energy, emissions reduction, and circular economy

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.

To be selected to apply for skilled visa nomination, you must be currently working in one of our target sectors using your STEMM skills.

**Please note that Victoria ROI submission windows are generally small and span over only up to 7 days.

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Statistics of the recent Invitations from Victoria

Ph.D. Graduates

International student graduates and Ph.D. applicants who meet the criteria are also encouraged to apply. 90 Ph.D. Graduates were invited for Victoria State Sponsor during this Financial Year among which 65 had Australian qualification and 25 of them had an overseas qualification.


Who received the Invitation?​

2500 places were allocated for Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) and 1043 for Skilled Work Regional Visa (Subclass 491).

1099 applicants are nominated so far for subclass 190 and 197 for subclass 491.


Health occupations featured strongly from the Registrations of Interest that were selected to apply. This is due to the requirement that the applicant’s work supports Victoria’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Find out the Industry-wise Invitation update:

Victoria ROI

Fig. Occupations invited for Victoria State and Regional Sponsor


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