Queensland is looking for people to fill a range of skill shortages

Queensland is looking for skilled migrants in occupations that have been identified as being in shortage in Queensland. Queensland is a popular choice for skilled migrants, with its year-round beautiful weather and great career opportunities. It is an ideal place to work and live, offering a high standard of living and good working conditions, including:

If you wish to migrate and work in Queensland, you must first obtain a visa. State nominated visas allow you to live and work in Queensland and fall into two categories:

State migration is managed by the Queensland Government’s  Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) unit. BSMQ nominates skilled migrants for the following visas:


Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190)

This is a point-tested visa for skilled workers and postgraduate alumni who wish to live and work in Queensland permanently. The Queensland postgraduate degree stream offers streamlined conditions for Masters and PhD graduates from a Queensland-based university.

If you are a current holder of a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) or have applied for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) you will not be eligible for nomination for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190). This is also applicable to the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491 visa). 

Please see our criteria under:

  1. I’m working in Queensland
  2. I’m offshore
  3. I’m a postgraduate

Applicable Regions

All of Queensland.


Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

Note: this visa commenced on 16 November 2019 and replaced the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

This is a 5-year points-tested visa which leads to permanent residency and requires nominated skilled workers to be employed and live in regional Queensland.

Please see our criteria under:

  1. I’m working in Queensland
  2. I’m offshore
  3. I’m a postgraduate

Applicable regions

Includes locations outside of Brisbane:

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

Subclass 491 visa holders are eligible for Medicare

To find other visa options that suit your circumstances, please use the Department of Home Affairs (HA) Visa Finder.

Offshore university PhD graduates waiver

PhD graduates who have completed a doctorate outside of Australia related to their nominated occupation, may be able to have their work experience requirements waived if they can provide evidence of an offer of employment from a Queensland employer registered in Australia in their skilled occupation (or a closely related occupation). This job offer must be for a minimum of 12 months (minimum 35 hours per week).


Eligible occupations

To apply for a skilled visa, you must have an occupation which is listed on one of the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOLs). QSOLs are reviewed regularly and updated to reflect current labour market conditions. Please note:

To check if your occupation is in demand in Queensland, view the relevant occupation list below. Please note: QSOLs are not currently available due to the skilled program being closed.

Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – NOW CLOSED

Note: as above this visa is now closed to new applications. Recent changes. 

This is a 4-year points-tested visa and requires nominated skilled workers to be employed for 1 year full-time and live in regional Queensland for 2 years before being eligible for permanent residency on the Skilled Regional (Permanent) visa (subclass 887).

It is important to note that 489 visa holders and their dependants must live work and study in the below postcodes only.

Applicable regions

Everywhere except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast

4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4515, 4517 to 4519, 4522 to 4899

The subclass 491 postcodes are not applicable to applicants on a subclass 489 visa granted prior to 16 November 2019. 


Subclass 489 visas granted on or after 16 November 2019 WILL BE able to access the new regional locations. Migration (LIN 19/217: Regional Areas) Instrument 2019

489 visa holders are NOT eligible for Medicare. 

It is NOT possible for 489 visa applicants or holders to apply for a 491 or 190 visa. 


 Important information for all applicants

Skilled Occupation Lists

 Tips and recent updates on skilled migration