Queensland Migration program update


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QLD closes program for 2023/24 

As of today, 10 May 2024, Migration Queensland has closed its state nominated skilled visa program for the 2023-24 financial year (FY).

Applicants will need to submit a new Expression of Interest (EOI) once the Queensland program opens up for the 2024-25 program year. The new Australian financial year starts 1st July, 2024.

There is no indication at present what occupations will be on the Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) for 2024-25. However the recent  QSOL may provide some guidance.

The QSOL is divided into two. Applicants in Australia . As well as applicants outside Australia.

To be considered for nomination Queensland will require applicants to have an occupation on the appropriate list, meet any specific occupation requirements (e.g. years of experience, english language ability, registration) as well as meet the required settlement funds.

Offshore applicants that meet the Queensland requirements, and who have listed Queensland as their preferred state in their GSM EOI  will need to be invited to apply for state nomination. They will then have 14 days to prove they meet the requirements to be formally nominated.

This includes evidence of their skills assessment, English language tests. settlement finds and work experience.

Please Contact Us if you have any questions or want to Register your interest to apply for nomination when it opens.

Queensland opens skilled nomination program …

Skilled Migration to Queensland 

Queensland has finally opened its skilled nomination program to skilled workers living in Queensland.

The skilled visa program is currently  closed to offshore applicants. This will be reviewed in December 2021.

Eligible applicants can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be nominated by Queensland for either the

  • Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa
  • Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa

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Eligibility criteria  

DHA Criteria

To be eligible for Queensland Nomination an applicant must meet the DHA criteria:

  • Meet the points-test of 65 or higher
  • have a postive skills assessment
  • be under 45 years of age
  • meet the English language requirements for the points test, or skills assessment authority

Migration Queensland criteria requires;

  • a points test result of 80 for Subclass 190 visas or 65 points for the Subclass 491
  • an occupation* on the DHA list of eligible skilled occupations
  • have proficient english
  • Subclass 190 applicants to provide evidence of 6 months work experience  (minimum 35 hours per week) in your nominated occupation in Queensland immediately prior to submitting your EOI
  • Subclass 491 applicants to provide evidence 3 months full-time work experience in your nominated occupation in Regional** Queensland immediately prior to submitting your EOI
  • provide evidence the work is ongoing for a further 12 months
  • commit to living and working in Queensland for
    • 2 years for a Subclass 190 visa
    • 3 years for a Subclass 491 visa

* Some occupations are subject to quotas:

  • Finance
    • Accountant, Finance Manager, Management Accountant
  • Engineers
    • Civil, Mechanical. Electrical & Engineering Technologist
  • ICT
    • Software Engineer, Developer Programmer, ICT Business Analyst, Software & Application Programmers NEC
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Nurses
    • Aged Care, Critical Care & Emergency, NEC nurses
  • Trades
    • Motor Mechanic, Cook

** Applicable regions – You must live and work within one of the following post codes to be eligible for the Subclass 491 visa:

4124–4125, 4133, 4183–4184, 4207–4275, 4280–4287, 4306–4498, 4507, 4517–4519, 4550–4575, 4580–4895.

If you have any questions please Contact Us.


GSM visas – State/Territory nomination update

Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOL) closed until 1st July, 2019

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland have announced the following:

“Skilled visa nominations are now closed

BSMQ is now closed to receive EOI’s for the General Skilled Migration Program (GSM). The program will open again in the new financial year in July 2019. We will provide new QSOL lists and eligibility criteria prior to the program being re-opened in July will published on the BSMQ website.”

If you have any queries about what your visa options are please Contact Us.

QLD Business migration update – 2nd January 2019

Business & Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) temporarily suspends new invitations for business migration – will open again at a date to be advised https://t.co/nLPMWTsS2n— Australian visas (@CargilMigration) January 2, 2019


If you want to discuss how this will effect you, or plan for an application once the program opens again please Contact Us

Queensland GSM state nomination – occupations removed

Removal of occupations for Queensland

Queensland have recently announced the removal of a number of occupations from their State nomination lists. These occupations, in addition to 233914 Engineering Technologists which was removed in early August,  have been removed due to the high numbers of Expression of Interest (EOI) lodged.

The removed occupations are:

  • 221111 Accountant (general)
  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer
  • 262111 Database Administrator
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 313112 ICT Customer Support Officer
  • 263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  • 263212 ICT Support Engineer
  • 263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 262113 Systems Administrator
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 313113 Web Administrator
  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  • 611211 Insurance Agent
  • 232511 Interior Designer
  • 221112 Management Acct
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer
  • 225311 Public Relations Professional
  • 251511 Hospital Pharmacists
  • 251513 Retail Pharmacist

If these changes effect your visa options, and you want to discuss what other opportunities there may be please Contact Us.

Update to Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL)

Queensland have quickly revised the occupations they nominate for 2017-18. Details of the announced change are copied below.

BSMQ Update to QSOL: Engineering Technologist

Engineering Technologist (233914) was taken off our Queensland Skilled Occupations Lists (QSOL) on 11 July 2017 – please note we will not be accepting any new EOIs under this occupation from the 12 July 2017 at this stage. We have received a very large number of EOIs for this occupation.

We are currently not issuing any more invitations to lodge an application with BSMQ. However, if some of the current invitees do not respond in the requested time frame, we will issue further invitations to some of those in the current queue.

If this affects you, or you want to discuss if there are any other options for this occupation, then please Contact Us.

Queensland: 2017-18 state nomination list

Queensland skilled occupations

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland have released their 2017-18 state nomination list. These have taken effective immediately. The full list of occupations that have sponsorship options are detailed below.

Subclass 190 or Subclass 489 visa nomination

There is a mix of occupations – some which are available for the Subclass 190 visa only, some for the Subclass 489 visa and some available for nomination under both visa subclasses.


Eligible occupations

The list of eligible QLD occupations are below.

Occupation ANZCO
Actuary 224111
Aeronautical Engineer 233911
Agricultural Engineer 233912
Airconditioning & Mechanical Services Plumber 334112
Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic 342111
Anaesthetist 253211
Analyst Programmer 261311
Architectural Draftsperson 312111
Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians nec 312199
Automotive Electrician 321111
Biomedical Engineer 233913
Bricklayer 331111
Building Associate 312112
Building Inspector 312113
Cabinetmaker 394111
Cardiologist 253312
Chef 351311
Civil Engineer 233211
Clinical Haematologist 253313
Construction Project Manager 133111
Cook 351411
Dental Specialist 252311
Dentist 252312
Developer Programmer 261312
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist 253917
Diesel Motor Mechanic 321212
Drainer 334113
Electrical Engineer 233311
Endocrinologist 253315
Engineering Professionals nec 233999
Engineering Technologist – See Update 233914
Environmental Engineer 233915
Fibrous Plasterer 333211
Fitter (General) 323211
Fitter & Turner 323212
Gasfitter 334114
Gastroenterologist 253316
General Practitioner 253111
Geotechnical Engineer 233212
Hardware Technician 313111
Health Promotion Officer 251911
Hospital Pharmacist 251511
ICT Business Analyst 261111
ICT Customer Support Officer 313112
ICT Quality Assurance Engineer 263211
ICT Security Specialist 262112
ICT Support Engineer 263212
ICT Systems Test Engineer 263213
Insurance Agent 611211
Insurance Loss Adjuster 599612
Intensive Care Specialist 253317
Interior Designer 232511
Interpreter 272412
Mathematician 224112
Mechanical Engineer 233512
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 251211
Medical Oncologist 253314
Medical Radiation Therapist 251212
Midwife 254111
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) 233611
Motor Mechanic (General) 321211
Motorcycle Mechanic 321213
Multimedia Specialist 261211
Neurologist 253318
Nuclear Medicine Technologist 251213
Nurse Practitioner 254411
Occupational Therapist 252411
Optometrist 251411
Orthotist or Prosthesist 251912
Paediatrician 253321
Painting Trades Worker 332211
Panelbeater 324111
Pathologist 253915
Physiotherapist 252511
Plumber (General) 334111
Podiatrist 252611
Psychiatrist 253411
Public Relations Professional 225311
Quantity Surveyor 233213
Recreation Officer 272612
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 254412
Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health) 254413
Registered Nurse (Community Health) 254414
Registered Nurse (Critical and Emergency Care) 254415
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) 254416
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) 154417
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 254421
Registered Nurse (Medical) 254418
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 254422
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) 254425
Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 254423
Registered Nurse (Surgical) 254424
Registered Nurses nec 254499
Renal Medicine Specialist 253322
Resident Medical Officer 253112
Retail Pharmacist 251513
Rheumatologist 253323
Roof Plumber 334115
Sheetmetal Trades Worker 322211
Small Engine Mechanic 321214
Social Professionals nec 272499
Social Worker 272511
Software & Applications  Programmers nec 261399
Software Engineer 261313
Software Tester 261314
Solicitor 271311
Sonographer 251214
Specialist Physician (General Medicine) 253311
Specialist Physicians nec 253399
Statistician 224113
Structural Engineer 233214
Surgeon (General) 253511
Surveyor 232212
Systems Analyst 261112
Thoracic Medicine Specialist 253324
Transport Engineer 233215
Veterinarian 234711
Web Administrator 313113
Welfare Worker 272613

Are you eligible?

If you want to see the full list of skilled occupations please read our recent Blog post.

If you would like to discuss whether you are eligible for Queensland nomination please Contact Us.

Queensland 2016-2017 state nomination occupation list

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland have released their 216-2017 state nomination list. These have taken effective immediately. The full list of occupations that have sponsorship options are detailed on this link –  2016-2017 Skilled Occupations .


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Queensland skilled occupations

There are opportunities across a number of occupational groups – Building, Construction, Engineering, Teaching, Health Care, ICT, Trades.

The most significant changes include the addition of a number of ICT occupations for experienced professionals, such as those below:

  • 261111 – ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112 – Systems Analyst
  • 261212 – Web Developer
  • 261312 – Developer Programmer
  • 261312 – Software Engineer
  • 261314 – Software Tester
  • 261399 – Software & Applications Programmers (not elsewhere classified)
  • 263211 – ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
  • 263212 – ICT Support Engineer
  • 263213 – ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • 263299 – ICT Support and Test Engineers (not elsewhere classified)
  • 313111 – Hardware Technician
  • 313112 – ICT Customer Support Officer
  • 313112 – Web Administrator
  • 313199 –  ICT Support Technicians (not elsewhere classified)

Please get in touch to discuss your options for Australia’s sunshine state.