Australia State Sponsored Visas
State governments in Australia are able to sponsor migrants to
settle in their state through “State Migration Plans”. These
are becoming an increasingly important method of securing
Australian residence through the following subclasses;
Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190) visa
Skilled - Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass
There are many advantages to applying through State
sponsorship. State sponsored migrants can be processed
quicker and receive extra points when applying for
residence. Furthermore, if your occupation is not on the
main Federal “Skilled Occupation List”, then you may still
be eligible for migration if your occupation is sponsored by
a State government.
There are 7 states and territories, all of which offer state
sponsorship- through 7 different State Migration Plans.
Obviously occupation lists and eligibility criteria for each
state are being constantly updated. Occupations which are in
demand can quickly be removed from a demand list if the
state attracts sufficient numbers of such workers.
In our experience, applications for state sponsorship are
very subjective. There are no set definitive criteria such
as a points test. Each applicant needs to demonstrate
suitability to that state and explain the research they have
conducted, how they will source employment, what salary they
can expect etc.
It is this specific research that can convince a state to
Please see the detailed information below on each of the 7
states / territories in Australia.
Our service in applying for State sponsorship
We have many years experience in securing state
sponsorship for our clients. This includes all 7 states /
territories in Australia.
We crucially can provide specific advice on how to present
YOU in an application for state sponsorship. It is
this approach of focusing on what particular skills an
applicant has to fit in with a State Migration Plan that can
Specific research together with a detailed personal
statement can make the difference between success and
failure in state sponsorship. Each state government has a
set quota of sponsorships they can approve, so no state will
issue approval unless they are convinced of your
We can handle the whole application from start to finish.
The service includes everything from pre-application advice,
document review, completing forms, covering letter, drafting
your personal statement, submission to the State government
and bringing to a successful conclusion. This continues
throughout the whole process until your state sponsorship is
You will only deal with one dedicated immigration adviser to
provide you with a focused one to one service.
Our success rate is second to none and we can provide
numerous verifiable references from satisfied clients for
you to review and inspect.
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Please see the following detailed information on each of the 7 states / territories in Australia.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Area 2,358 sq km
The ACT is Australia’s smallest state / territory and is
home to the nation’s capital – Canberra.
Canberra was established as the capital in 1913, as a
compromise between Melbourne and Sydney.
The ACT is completely surrounded by New South Wales and is
about 150 km from the coast. The Namadgi National Park makes
up about 40% of the ACT and the mountains are easily
reachable from Canberra, offering skiing and other winter
Because of its elevation (650 m) and distance from the
coast, the ACT experiences four distinct seasons, unlike
many other Australian cities whose climates are moderated by
the sea. Summers are hot and dry, while winters can be cold
with frost and frequent fog.
Canberra is home to the Australian parliament and
government, and many tertiary institutions, including the
Australian National University, the University of Canberra
and the Canberra Institute of Technology.
Canberra's unemployment rate is consistently among the
lowest in the nation at around 3.0%. Also, important to note
- workers in Canberra enjoy the highest average income in
Australia, earning an average of $70,496 in 2009.
The Australian and ACT Governments are the major employers
Canberra is keen to attract migrants and promotes itself on
its proximity to nature while retaining all the amenities of
a big city.
New South Wales (NSW)
Area 809,444 sq km
NSW is Australian’s most populous state and also home to the
largest city in Australia, Sydney.
The first European settlement in Australia was in New South
Wales, hence the state’s nickname of “The First State”.
New South Wales has wonderful scenery incorporating western
plains, mountains and coastal views. It is divided into four
regions – the Coastal region which runs from Queensland to
Victoria, the Great Dividing Range which is inland and
parallel to this, which then leads in to regions of farming
land and then further to the dry western areas.
New South Wales has more than 780 national parks and
reserves covering more than 8% of the state. These range
from alpine reserves to rainforest to outback desert.
New South Wales provides some of Australia’s most varied
leisure pursuits from outdoor activities to opera and
theatre. The Sydney Olympics in 2000 propelled the city onto
the world stage and have left a rich sporting legacy in New
Although Sydney is the largest city by far, other major
cities include Newcastle, Wollongong, Wagga Wagga and Coffs
NSW has the largest economy in Australia. Agriculture is
still a very important part of the NSW economy although its
share of the state's income is smaller than ever before.
Sydney is now a major centre for financial services and IT.
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology are also major players in
the NSW economy.
The average annual income in NSW in 2009 was $63,315.
NSW is a major destination in Australia for overseas
students and migrants. Sydney is now regarded as the most
multi-cultural city in the Asia Pacific region.
Area 237,629 sq km
Victoria is the most densely populated state, and has a
highly centralised population, with over 70% of Victorians
living in Melbourne, the state capital and largest city.
Melbourne has had a long rivalry with Sydney, but for many
the Victorian capital leads the way in fashion, food and
entertainment. Melbourne consistently scores very highly in
international surveys as one of the world’s best cities to
Other major cities and towns include Geelong, Bendigo,
Ballarat and Mildura.
The size of the state is small in Australian terms (roughly
the same size as the UK). This leaves most regions and
national parks within easy reach, from sandy beaches, to
rural countryside, snowfields and forests.
Some of the most visited attractions include the Great Ocean
Road which runs to the border with South Australia, and the
Victorian Alpine Region, part of the Australian Alps.
Victoria is the home of Australian Rules Football, with ten
of the sixteen clubs of the Australian Football League based
in Victoria. The Olympics and Commonwealth Games have both
been hosted by Melbourne. Every year Melbourne hosts the
annual Australian Open Tennis and Australian Formula One
Grand Prix, ensuring the city remains prominent in the
international sports calendar.
Victoria’s main industries are coal, oil, gas, manufacturing
and tourism. Agriculture still remain important and Victoria
is Australia's largest producer of mutton, lamb, and dairy
The average Victorian earned $60,722 in 2009.
The government of Victoria are keen to attract skilled
workers and have an active immigration programme to
encourage migrants to settle in Melbourne and regional
Area 68,401 sq km
Tasmania (or Tassie) is Australia’s only island state and
the most southerly.
The capital is Hobart and other major towns include
Launceston, Queenstown, Devonport and Burnie.
Hobart was founded in 1803 as a penal colony and is
Australia's second oldest capital city after Sydney. In
2008, the city had a greater area population of
Tourists are drawn to some of Australia’s most acclaimed
restaurants and the oldest theatre in Australia – the
Theatre Royal. Hobart is internationally famous among the
yachting community as the finish of the Sydney to Hobart
Tasmania is an island of dramatic coastlines, rugged
mountains, spectacular wilderness and sparkling highland
lakes. Almost 37% of Tasmania lies in reserves, national
parks and World Heritage Sites.
Traditional industries in Tasmania include mining,
agriculture, forestry and tourism. Indeed, tourism has grown
considerably over the last 10 years, thanks to cheaper air
fares and improved ferry connections.
Tasmania (in particular Hobart) serves as Australia’s main
link to the Antarctic, which has lead to increased business
in the local economy. Hobart has the second deepest natural
port in the world.
Tasmania is still experiencing a shortage of skilled
employees. As of April 2009 Tasmania's unemployment rate
was still below the national average.
The average annual income for workers in Tasmania was
$54,236 in 2009.
South Australia (SA)
Area 983,482 sq km
South Australia, known as the Festival State, lies in the
central southern region of the country. Its state capital,
Adelaide, is home to over 1.1 million people and in recent
surveys is rated as one of the world's top six cities for
its living standards and lifestyle benefits.
Other major towns in South Australia include Port Augusta,
Mount Gambier, Port Pirie and Whyalla.
The state is varied in landscape from the Flinders Range
mountains, the Murray River Basin and the dry Outback
The state is world renowned for its wineries. The main wine
growing region is in the Barossa Valley, although other
valleys include Clare, Coonawarra and McLaren.
Manufacturing, mining, defence and aviation are among the
Adelaide benefits from a warm Mediterranean climate and is
ranked as one of Australian’s most affordable capital
cities. A busy calendar of more than 400 annual festivals
and events dominates the cultural, entertainment and
sporting life of the city.
Immigration has been a big contributor to South Australia’s
development over the last 10 years. The rate of population
growth is increasing and the unemployment rate is at a near
record low. Annual wages in South Australia for 2009 were
South Australia has an active immigration programme to
attract skilled migrants to Adelaide and other regions. The
range of settlement assistance provided by the South
Australian government to new migrants is among the most
comprehensive of any Australian states.
Western Australia (WA)
Area 2,645,615 sq km
Western Australia is the largest state in Australia,
accounting for approximately one third of the Australian
Despite this nearly 85 % of the population live in the south
west corner of the state, with over 1.6 million people
living in Perth.
Perth enjoys a warm sunny climate with more hours of
sunshine than any other Australian capital city. Western
Australia’s other major towns include Fremantle, Albany,
Broome and Kalgoorlie.
The sheer size of the state encompasses huge differences in
climate and terrain.
Western Australia varies from the south west coastal area to
inland desert, to the northern tropical regions.
Perth is diverse city with over 30% of its inhabitants born
overseas. It is Australia’s fourth largest city and
therefore offers excellent facilities in entertainment,
dining, sport and shopping.
Western Australia is widely regarded as the best performing
state in the Australian economy. Its growth rate and GDP
rank higher than any other state, and wages are high – the
average salary for 2009 was $67,927.
Underpinning the economy are some of the world’s greatest
abundance of natural resources – oil, gas, iron and nickel
to name a few. The huge growth in global demand for minerals
and petroleum, especially from China and Japan, has ensured
economic growth above the national average. Long term
contracts are in place for export of these resources,
ensuring future economic growth.
The economic growth in Western Australia has lead to a huge
demand for workers from overseas and interstate. The state
government promotes Western Australian heavily for overseas
workers and business investors.
Northern Territory (NT)
Area 1,420,970 sq km
The Northern Territory is the most sparsely populated of
Australia’s states and territories.
The state capital Darwin has a population of 120,000 and is
an important link between Australian and its Asian
neighbours. Other towns in the territory include Alice
Springs, Katherine and Tenant Creek.
Darwin is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.
This is linked to its continued expansion in trade with Asia
and its development as a port for exports.
The Northern Territory is home to some of Australia’s
greatest outdoor attractions. These include Uluru (Ayers
Rock), Kakadu National Park, Kings Canyon and Arnhem Land.
The Stuart Highway is the vital link in this territory
connecting Darwin to Alice Springs.
The average annual salary was $59,987 in 2009. The
remoteness of the Northern Territory means it offers many
incentives to attract migrants in key occupations.
The economy is largely centred on mining, tourism and
Area 1,852,642 sq km
Queensland is Australia’s second largest state and is
nicknamed the Sunshine State.
Much of the population lies in the south east corner of the
state, where the capital Brisbane is also located. Other
major towns include Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Mount Isa.
Queensland has many places of natural beauty, including: the
Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast which are home to some of
the state's most popular beaches. Further along the coast,
leads to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and then to the
world famous Great Barrier Reef. Queensland is home to some
of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, reefs, islands,
rainforests and National Parks.
Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia (after
Sydney and Melbourne) and has a population approaching 2
million. The city is famous for its live music scene and
offers many other performing arts such as theatre, ballet
Tourism, mining and aerospace are the most important sources
of revenue in Queensland. In 2009, the annual average salary
in Queensland was $61,464.
Queensland is the fastest growing state in Australia, with
over 1,500 people moving to the state per week. These
include interstate and overseas migrants.
The sheer size of the state means that key skills are still
badly needed in many regions. Despite the growing population
in Brisbane and the south east of the state, the employment
market remains buoyant throughout, thanks to the increasing
growth of industries such as tourism and mining.
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