Tasmania – Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa – Working in Tasmania

Basic requirements

To be considered for the Working in Tasmania category you must meet all the following criteria:

  • you must have been working in Tasmania for 6 months immediately prior to your application for state nomination.

You do not have to be working in your nominated occupation.

  • your employment needs to be at least 35 hours per week in one full-time job or in two or more part-time jobs and you are able to provide evidence of your employment claims and fill a genuine, ongoing skill shortage in Tasmania
  • you and your dependents must currently be living in Tasmania and provide evidence of genuine commitment to continue to live in Tasmania
  • your employer must have a well-established business that has been actively operating in Tasmania for the past 12 months
  • there must be a genuine, ongoing need for your position within the business (including a minimum 12-month contract with at least 3 months remaining at the time you apply for nomination).

The contract may be casual but must comply with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s  National Employment Standards

  • your wages and conditions must be no less favourable than those that would apply to an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and salary or wages are equivalent to the market salary rate
  • Employment in positions classified at ANZSCO skill level 4 or 5 will not be eligible for the purposes of state nomination unless:
  • the employment is ongoing, for at least 6 months beyond the application date
  • the applicant has reasonable career development prospects in the industry
  • it is located at least 50 km from a population centre of more than 5000* people, in a position for which there is a genuine and demonstrated severe labour recruitment difficulty**, or
  • it is associated with aged care and individual support (Unit Group 4233 Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers) (relevant qualifications of at least Certificate III required), or
  • the position involves specialist qualifications or experience* that are not available in the local community, and
  • evidence of prior related employment experience and/or qualifications are provided.

* Areas with a population centre of more than 5000 people:

~ Hobart (Including Hobart, Glenorchy, Kingston, Clarence, Brighton LGA areas)

~ Huonville – Franklin

~ Launceston

~ Devonport – Latrobe – Port Sorell

~ Burnie – Somerset – Wynyard

~ Ulverstone – Penguin

~ New Norfolk

~ Wynyard

~ Sorell – Richmond

~ Dodges Ferry – Lewisham

~ Brighton

~ George Town

** severe labour recruitment difficulty and specialist skills/qualifications must be demonstrated through documentary supporting evidence such as industry workforce development plans, ongoing recruitment activity reports, government or independent research publications. 

Please note

Internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for the purpose of this category.

* Sole traders/subcontractors may be eligible for nomination under Category 5 – Small Business Owner.

* There are areas of employment in Tasmania that are not supported for nomination under the ‘Working in Tasmania’ category. This includes employment relating to:

– supermarkets

– service stations

– limited-service restaurants**

– massage clinics

– taxi/uber driving

– sub-contracted cleaning, business maintenance or security work

** A limited-service restaurant includes the following:

– fast food or takeaway food services

– fast-casual restaurants that do not offer full table service

– drinking establishments that offer only a limited food service

– limited service cafes including, but not limited to coffee shops or mall cafés

– limited-service pizza restaurants.

A fact sheet for employers regarding the information they may need

to provide in support of their employee seeking the nomination is HERE.

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