Skilled migration

Skilled migration

In Australia, the Commonwealth Department for Immigration and Border Protection has responsibility for immigration policy as well as humanitarian, business and skilled visas (see for more information). The Commonwealth Government however allows each state and territory to nominate skilled migrants under a broad range of occupations to meet local workforce needs.

For information on living and working in Western Australia, or how to apply for nomination by the State Government for a skilled nominated visa under WA's State nominated migration program, visit the Department's Migration portal

The State Government's first workforce development priority is to train and prepare Western Australians for the workforce. WA’s State nominated migration program, a key portfolio responsibility of the Department, continues to be a valuable strategy in supplementing the workforce when local workers cannot be sourced.

The program works in conjunction with other workforce development mechanisms to maximise the State’s participation in the national migration program and ensure employers have access to the skills they need.

For further details on the State’s strategies in relation to skilled migration, see Goal 2 of Skilling WA.


Western Australian skilled migration occupation list

The WASMOL is produced annually, and lists occupations eligible for skilled migration through nomination by the State Government. If a potential migrant’s occupation is identified on the WASMOL, he or she may be eligible for nomination under a Skilled nominated visa (Subclass 190) or Skilled regional (provisional) visa (Subclass 489). The occupations identified on the WASMOL do not relate to any specific job vacancies, nor represent any guarantee of a job, but rather identify occupations that are considered a priority for WA.

The latest WASMOL can be accessed on our Migration portal. For enquiries please contact our Migration Services branch.

Page last updated February 09, 2017