New Skilled Migration Stream for Western Australia

josie By Josie Marr
Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Western Australia have been vocal in expressing support for skilled migration to their state, recently introducing the new Graduate stream for the Skilled Nomination subclass 190 visa and Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visa.

With skilled migration becoming more competitive and alternative migration options becoming limited for student graduates, this is a welcomed pathway for many to consider.

Western Australia Graduate Stream

Until recently, applicants seeking nomination from Western Australia were required to go through the General stream by first nominating an occupation on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL).

WASMOL is available only to certain medical professionals and resulted in a low number of migrants to the state.

Effective 25 September 2018, applicants seeking to nominate a non-medical related occupation may now have the opportunity to do this in Western Australia under the Graduate Stream.

The benefit of the Graduate stream is that it offers a longer list of occupations from within a variety of industries including Professionals, Engineers, Medicals and ICT specialists.

Requirements for the Graduate Stream

To qualify, applicants must be university graduates who studied full time for at least 2 years at a Western Australian university and who can nominate an occupation on the new Graduate Occupation List (GOL) for either the 190 or 489 visa.

Masters and PhD graduates are able to nominate any occupation on the GOL, whilst students completing a Bachelor, Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma will be able to nominate a select few from that same list.

Similarly, to the General stream, additional requirements include:

  • English language requirements: Applicants nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 and 2 must demonstrate Proficient English. All others are required to demonstrate Competent English.
  • Work experience: Either 12 months work experience in Australia within the last 10 years, or at least 3 years relevant work experience overseas within the last 10 years. In both cases, the experience must be in the nominated occupation or closely related to the nominated occupation (not required for Western Australian PhD or Masters Degree students using the Graduate stream)
  • Contract of employment: A full time job offer, for a minimum period of 12 months, is required, even for applicants under the Graduate stream.


This is great news for high achieving education graduates in Western Australia as it provides an additional pathway to skilled migration, previously reserved for certain medical-related professionals.

If you would like to know more about how these changes impact you please book a consultation with one of our advisors.

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