States and territories received a small quota allocation to be used until the final quota for 190 & 491 visas is announced during the Australian Federal Government's financial planning (called 'Budget') to be carried out in October.
Quotas can be used for occupations that the states consider essential for the COVID-19 health response and economic recovery.
Here is the status of all States and Territories, updated on 4/09/2020:
The state of Victoria will temporarily open the program for skilled visas (190 and 491) between 8 September 2020 and 5 October 2020, focused specifically on professionals who:
Live in Victoria
Have worked for at least 6 months in Victoria
Work with health or medical research and can assist the state in economic recovery or in the health area.
To apply, applicants must register their interest on the 'Visit Melbourne' website, before applying for state nomination, and proceed with the normal process.
NSW will soon resume invitations for 190 visa for people currently living in New South Wales who have qualifications in the areas of:
To be considered, applicants must have a valid Expression of Interest (EOI) in the immigration SkillSelect system.
For 491 visa, only applicants who have these qualifications and who had already applied for state nomination in fiscal year 2019-2020 will be considered.
Candidates currently working in Tasmania in critical areas related to COVID-19 can be nominated.
It is necessary to have a support letter from the employer and demonstrate that the candidate is essential in helping Tasmania with regard to the pandemic health response and the state's economic recovery.
Limited numbers of invitations will be issued for professions included in the “ACT CRITICAL SKILLS LIST” for 190 and 491 visas.
Only applicants currently residing in the ACT will be eligible.
The next round of invitations is planned to take place until September 14th.
A limited number of invitations may be issued to candidates who:
Are working in South Australia in their occupation or related field for at least 3 months (20 hours per week) post-qualification
Graduated in Master by research or PhD
Priority will be given to candidates with “proficient” English, scores of 90 points or above, candidates with at least 12 months of experience in South Australia, candidates currently living in the South Australia regional area, and candidates with occupations in critical areas related to COVID -19.
QLD - currently closed
NT - currently closed
WA - currently suspended
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