The BSMQ Skilled program is now open from 01 February – 07 February 2021. The next skilled opening after this week will be in April 2021.

Please submit a BRAND new EOI if you meet the criteria and occupation/sector requirements below.


The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa (from 65 points and above)

Only onshore applicants working in Queensland will be considered.

The Subclass 491 visa is open to COVID critical skill or sectors as outlined by the Department of Home Affairs in:

Please see guidelines here:

Please note: there is no specific skills list, however applicants must meet one of the critical skills or sectors as listed above and email detailing how you meet this, including details of employer and role, and how this position is assisting in the COVID response or recovery.

You must also have been working for a minimum of 3 months in a regional location in Queensland and have a job offer for an additional 12 Months from your employer in your nominated occupation.


The Skilled Nominated (Permanent) Subclass 190 visa (from 80 points and above as a priority)

Only onshore applicants working in Queensland will be considered.

The Subclass 190 visa is open to the Department of Home Affairs Priority Skills Migration Occupation List (17 occupations in total for 190). Applicants with 80 points and above will be considered as a priority, with applicants below 80 points being subject to quota places being available.

Please see the Department of Home Affairs Priority Skills Migration Occupation list here:

Priority Skills Migration Occupation List – for 190 applicants 

The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

Important note:

The PMSOL is compiled by the Department of Home Affairs for employer sponsored nomination and visa applications and not by Business and Skilled Migration Queensland. The list is based on expert advice from the National Skills Commission and consultation with Commonwealth departments.

BSMQ are utilising this list for the processing of 190 visas for onshore applicants based in Queensland for FY2020-21.

 This will be reviewed in the new financial year.


You must also have been working for 6 months and have a job offer for an additional 12 months from your employer in a nominated occupation.


Please note: Alumni (Queensland Masters and PHD graduates) must meet the working in Queensland criteria as detailed above.

We will be prioritising applications based on the above COVID criteria and occupations and will not prioritise visas expiring.




ANZSCO and Assessing Authorities

ANZSCO is a system developed to collect, publish and analyse occupation statistics across government agencies, and is being introduced by HA as the new standard to capture occupation information in all visa, settlement and citizenship programs.

ANZSCO is used within skilled visa programs, where it is a requirement for visa eligibility, as the standard by which a visa applicant’s skills to undertake a specific occupation in Australia are assessed.

The relevant assessing authority is listed against the occupations in the Migration (LIN 19/051: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities) Instrument 2019. Below is an explanatory list of the abbreviations for the assessing authorities. Please note this is not an exhaustive list. For more information, please see HA’s website.

Assessing Authority Abbreviations
AACA Architects Accreditation Council of Australia Inc
AASW Australian Association of Social Workers
ACPSEM Australasian College of Physical Scientist and Engineers in Medicine
ACS Australian Computer Society
ACWA Australian Community Workers Association
ADC Australian Dental Council
AIM Australian Institute of Management
AIMS Australian Institute of Medical Scientists
AIQS Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
AIR Australian Institute of Radiography
AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
AMSA Australian Maritime Safety Authority
ANMAC Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council
ANZSNM Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine
AOAC Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council
APharmC Australian Pharmacy Council
APodC/ANZPAC Australasian Podiatry Council/Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council Inc.
APC Australian Physiotherapy Council
APS Australian Psychological Society
AVBC Australasian Veterinary Boards Council
CASA Civil Aviation Safety Authority
CCEA Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia
CPAA Certified Practising Accountants Australia
DAA Dietitians Association of Australia
CA Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
IPA Institute of Public Accountants
NAATI National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters
OCANZ Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand
OTC Occupational Therapy Council
SPA Speech Pathology Association of Australia
SSSI Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute
TRA Trades Recognition Australia
VETASSESS Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services