Australian State Sponsored Visa: Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489)


From 16 November 2019 the Department of Home Affairs will introduce the new Nominated Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 Skilled Visa, with a new permanent visa pathway coming into effect from November 2022. The new Subclass 491 Visa will supersede the Nominated (Provisional) Subclass 489 Visa and will include some significant changes.


The Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) is an Australian state sponsored visa for skilled people wishing to live and work in a regional or low population growth area in Australia.

You must score at least 65 points (the pass mark) on the Points Test to be eligible for this visa.

Applying for the Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489)

To be able to lodge a valid application for this visa you need to obtain a positive skills assessment, before then submitting an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia.

If you secure sponsorship from an eligible relative and meet the basic requirements for this visa, you will then receive an Invitation To Apply.

To apply for this visa you must:

Visa Sponsorship by a State or Territory Government

The success of a visa application will be based on a combination of skills, work experience and nomination by a State/Territory government.

Once the Provisional visa has been granted, the holder must retain that visa for at least two years to be eligible to apply for a permanent Regional visa.

The following States/Territories participate in the Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) visa sponsorship scheme:

Australian State Sponsored Visa Application Process

The Skilled - Nominated Visa (Provisional) (subclass 489) is based on a three stage application process:

  • Stage 1

    The first stage of the application process involves completing a skills assessment with the relevant Government body. Your skills assessment enables the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) to judge if you have the required level of skill in your chosen occupation to practice in Australia.
  • Stage 2

    Once you have received a positive skills assessment, you will need to submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia. You will then also need to apply for state sponsorship with an Australian state / territory. This will require that you meet the sponsorship requirements and have work experience in a position listed on one of their State Migration Plans.
  • Stage 3

    Once you have been issued an Invitation To Apply (ITA), you can continue to the DOHA stage of the application, where you can submit your final, complete application to be approved by DOHA so your visa can be granted. 

Moving from a provisional visa to a permanent visa

Through a two stage visa process, Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa holders must live and work in or a low population growth metropolitan area

  • Having lived in regional Australia for at least two years; and
  • Having been employed (including self employed) for at least 12 months in regional Australia;

may apply for the following permanent residence visas:

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