New Financial Year Updates

Status of all state nomination authorities at the start of new Financial Year.

The General Skilled Migration (GSM) program for the 2019/20 financial year has now closed.

The State & Territory nomination program will remain temporarily CLOSED until the Commonwealth Governments allocation of state nomination places for 2020-21 takes place. This means that State & Territory governments have no ability to nominate applicants in visa subclass 190 & visa subclass 491.

The GSM 2020/21 program year is scheduled to re-open from early August however, changes to the composition of the Australian Migration program might be made in October under the new budget.

Due to the Coronavirus, the date for Federal Budget 2020-2021 has been delayed by the Federal Government - it will be handed down in Parliament on 6 October. The Federal Treasurer has advised that he will provide an update on the economic and fiscal outlook on 23 July.

Here is the detailed status of all the states based on the updates published today:

NT: Currently open. We are assuming that no nominations will be issued until the grant of new quota. New eligibility criteria in place for all applicants. Closed for offshore applicants.

WA: Currently open. No updates yet from state authority. We are assuming that no nominations will be issued until the grant of new quota.

NSW: Applications are open for 190 visa, closed for 491 visa. No nominations will be made until the allocation of new quota.

TAS: Application are open, but no nomination will be made until quota is received.

VIC: State nomination applications are temporarily closed. You can still lodge an EOI and then lodge the state nomination application once the new quota is allocated.

SA: Applications closed until early august. Will re-open subject to allocation of new quota.

ACT: Program to be temporarily closed until quota received from the DOHA

QLD: Currently closed. Will reopen upon allocation of new quota.


Source: Various state nomination authorities website

Note: Currently open status implies that applicants meeting current criteria can apply for EOI and nomination application if invited by state authority. However, nominations will only be issued once the quota is allocated to respective state for this financial year.

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