WA State Sponsorship for University Graduates

WA State Sponsorship for University Graduates

Something to celebrate!  Commencing October 2018, the first round of offers will be released for WA State Sponsorship for University Graduates.  The list of available occupations is extensive and designed to boost international student numbers in Western Australia.   For past and current students, this is a very welcome development.  If you would like help with your application, we invite you to speak to our Migration Agent Perth .   The below criteria and occupation list is current as of 26 September 2018.

WA State Sponsorship for University Graduates is available to:


  • eligible university graduates who have gained a higher qualification
  • studied for at least 2 years in Western Australia at a Western Australian university;
  • have an available occupation on the Graduate occupation list
  • valid work experience
  • a 12 month job offer
  • English language skills

Western Australia offers State nomination for the permanent Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and the temporary Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) which allows migrants to live in regional Western Australia.

To obtain WA State Sponsorship for University Graduates, you must meet all the following criteria.

  • Score at least 65 in​ the Department of Home Affairs points test.
  • Valid skills assessment
  • Occupation on Graduate occupation list (GOL)

Your nominated occupation must be listed as available for the intended visa subclass on the Graduate occupation list and be eligible for your intended qualification type; being either:

• PhD and Masters graduates; or
• Bachelor and higher degree graduates.

  • Western Australian study

    To obtain WA State Sponsorship for University Graduates, you will be required to show proof of at least two academic years of full time study in Western Australia at a Western Australian university. You will need to provide your award certificate, along with transcripts clearly showing two years full time study in Western Australia. This will be requested as part of your State nomination application.
  • English Language Skills

Have demonstrated at least the minimum English language requirements applicable to your occupation. If you have a passport from the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America or Ireland, you are not required to sit an English exam to be eligible for Western Australian State nomination.

English Language Test Results for Graduate Stream

Bands ​Listening ​Reading ​Writing ​Speaking
​Test Minimum score​ ​ ​ ​
​International English Language Testing System (IELTS) ​7 ​7 ​7 ​7
​Occupational English Test (OET) ​B ​B ​B ​B
​Test of English as a foreign language internet-based test (TOEFL-iBT) ​24 ​24 ​24 ​24
​Pearson Test of English Academic
(PTE Academic)
​65 ​65 ​65 ​65
Cambridge English Advanced (CEA) ​185 ​185 ​185 ​185


  • Under 45 years of age
  • Demonstrated the minimum required work experience in nominated occupation (not required for Phd Graduates and Masters Graduates)

at least one year of Australian work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation** over the last 10 years; or

at least three years of overseas work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last 10 years.

Work experience must be gained post-qualification and via paid employment. You must have worked at least 20 hours per week in the specified occupation.WA Migration Services does not conduct work experience assessments and defers to the relevant assessing authority as to the suitability of work experience for points.

  • Provide a contract of Employment

All applicants must have a contract of employment for full time employment for at least 12 months in Western Australia in the nominated (or closely related) occupation. If you are intending to apply for a Subclass 489 visa, the contract must be for employment located in a regional area of Western Australia.  Full time employment is defined as “on average at least 35 hours of work per week.You may provide two employment contracts which equal at least 35 hours of work per week.

  • A ​$200 non-refundable application fee applies.

If your application is successful, WA Migration Services nominates you in SkillSelect and you automatically rece​ive an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs to lodge your visa application.

Selection process for WA State Sponsorship for University Graduates

On a monthly basis a set number of EOIs are selected from SkillSelect to receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. WA Migration Services will contact you via email with a link to the State nomination application form if you are invited. EOIs are selected based on the following ranking system.

Applicants eligible for the graduate stream by;

a if you have completed a PhD or Masters qualification in Western Australia at
a Western Australian university, that includes 2 years of full time study:
b if you have completed a Honours degree or other higher degree in Western
Australia at a Western Australian university, that includes 2 years full time

c if you have completed a Bachelor degree in Western Australia at a Western Australian university, that includes 2 years full time study:

d the highest amount of Australian work experience in their nominated or closely related occupation:
e the highest level of English language proficiency; and
f the highest total SkillSelect points score.

If multiple EOIs are ranked at the same level, invitations will be issued based on the EOI submission date.

Invitation rounds are anticipated to run on the second Thursday of each month.

2018 WA State Sponsorship for University Graduates – Graduate occupation list

ANZSCO code ​Occupation List
Eligible Visas
​PhD and Masters graduates  Bachelor and higher degree graduates ​   Status

​190 visa** ​489 visa** ​ ​
​221111 Accountant (General)
Y Y Y Available
​233911 ​Aeronautical Engineer ​Y Y Y Y ​Available
​231111 ​Aeroplane Pilot Y​ ​Y ​Y ​Available
​234111 ​Agricultural Consultant ​Y Y​ ​Y ​Y ​Available
​234112 ​Agricultural Scientist ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​411111 ​Ambulance Officer ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​253211 Anaesthetist​ ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​232111 Architect​ ​Y ​Y ​Y Y​ ​Available
​252711 ​Audiologist ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​271111 Barrister​ ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​253312 Cardiologist ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​253512 Cardiothoracic Surgeon​ ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​272111 ​Careers Counsellor ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​233111 ​Chemical Engineer ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​233211 Civil Engineer​ ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​253313 Clinical Haematologist​ ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​272311 Clinical Psychologist​ ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​252311 ​Dental Specialist ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​252312 Dentist​ ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​253911 Dermatologist​ ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​261312 ​Developer Programmer ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​253917 Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​241111 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​​Available
​233311 Electrical Engineer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​​Available
​233411 Electronics Engineer​ Y​ Y​ Y​ Y​ Available​
​253912 Emergency Medicine Specialist​ ​Y Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253315 Endocrinologist ​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​233915 Environmental Engineer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​251311 Environmental Health Officer​ Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​132211 Finance Manager​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​222311 Financial Investment Adviser​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​222312 Financial Investment Manager​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
253316 ​Gastroenterologist ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​253111 ​General Practitioner ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​234411 Geologist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​233212 Geotechnical Engineer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​251511 Hospital Pharmacist​ Y​ Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​262112 ​ICT Security Specialist ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
233511 Industrial Engineer ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​251512 Industrial Pharmacist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​411112 ​Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​253317 Intensive Care Specialist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​233112 Materials Engineer​ ​Y ​Y Y Y​ ​Available
​233512 Mechanical Engineer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Y Availabl​e
​251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253314 Medical Oncologist​ ​Y ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253999 Medical Practitioners nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​241311 ​Middle School Teacher Y​  Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​254111 ​Midwife ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
233916 Naval Architect ​Y Y​ Y Y​ ​Available
​253318 Neurologist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253513 ​Neurosurgeon ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​254211 ​Nurse Educator ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​254411 Nurse Practitioner ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253913 ​Obstetrician and Gynaecologist ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​252411 Occupational Therapist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
253914 Ophthalmologist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253514 Orthopaedic Surgeon​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​252112 Osteopath ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253515 ​Otorhinolaryngologist  Y ​Y Y​ ​Y ​Available
253321 Paediatrician​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253915 Pathologist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​252511 Physiotherapist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253517 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​252611 Podiatrist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​241213 Primary School Teacher​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​233513 ​Production or Plant Engineer ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253411 ​Psychiatrist Y​ ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​272399 Psychologists​ nec ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​233213 Quantity Surveyor​ Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253918 ​Radiation Oncologist ​Y Y​ ​Y ​Y ​Available
​254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​254413 ​Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​254414 ​Registered Nurse (Community Health) ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​254415 ​Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ Available​
​254422 ​Registered Nurse (Mental Health) ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ Available​
​254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ Available​
​254499 Registered Nurses nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ Available​
​272114 Rehabilitation Counsellor ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ Available​
​253322 Renal Medicine Specialist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​132511 Research and Development Manager Y Y​ Y​ Y​ Available​
​253112 Resident Medical Officer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253323 ​Rheumatologist ​Y Y​ ​Y ​Y ​Available
​241411 Secondary School Teacher​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​272511 Social Worker ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​261313 ​Software Engineer ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​271311 Solicitor​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​241511 Special Needs Teacher​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ Available​
​253311 Specialist Physician (General Medicine)​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253399 Specialist Physicians nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​252712 Speech Pathologist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​233214 Structural Engineer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253511 Surgeon (General) Y​ Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​232212 Surveyor​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​241512 Teacher of the Hearing Impaired​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​241513 Teacher of the Sight Impaired​ Y​ Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
263311 Telecommunications Engineer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​253324 Thoracic Medicine Specialist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​233215 Transport Engineer​ ​Y Y​ Y Y ​Available
​232611 Urban and Regional Planner​ Y​ Y​ Y​ Y​ Available
​253518 Urologist ​Y Y​ Y​ Y​ Available​
​253521 ​Vascular Surgeon ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​234711 ​Veterinarian Y​ Y​ Y​ Y​ Available​

​141999 ​Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​224111 Actuary​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Available
​252211 ​Acupuncturist ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
225111 Advertising Specialist ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
261311 Analyst Programmer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​249211 ​Art Teacher (Private Tuition) ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​212111 Artistic Director​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​212212 ​Book or Script Editor ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​141211 ​Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager ​Y ​Y ​Available
​232213 ​Cartographer ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​252111 Chiropractor​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​222111 Commodities Trader​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​221211 Company Secretary​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​252299 Complementary Health Therapists nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​234311 Conservation Officer​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​212411 ​Copywriter ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​132111 Corporate Services Manager​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​272199 Counsellors nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​249212 ​Dance Teacher (Private Tuition) ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
211112 ​Dancer or Choreographer ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​262111 Database Administrator​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​251111 Dietitian​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​212312 Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​249111 Education Adviser​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​272312 Educational Psychologist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​233914 Engineering Technologist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ Available​
​221213 External Auditor​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​272113 Family and Marriage Counsellor​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​212314 ​Film and Video Editor ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​222112 Finance Broker​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​222199 Financial Brokers nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​222299 Financial Dealers nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​222211 Financial Market Dealer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​224212 Gallery or Museum Curator​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​232411 Graphic Designer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​224213 Health Information Manager​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​251911 ​Health Promotion Officer ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​223111 Human Resource Adviser Y​ Y​ ​Available
​225211 ICT Account Manager​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​261111 ICT Business Analyst​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​225212 ICT Business Development Manager​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer​ Y​ Y​ Y​ Available​
​225213 ICT Sales Representative​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​263212 ICT Support Engineer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​263213 ​ICT Systems Test Engineer ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​224999 Information and Organisation Professionals nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​232511 Interior Designer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​221214 Internal Auditor​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​212499 Journalists and Other Writers nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​271299 Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​139913 Laboratory Manager​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​224511 Land Economist​ ​Y Y​ Y ​Available
​232112 Landscape Architect ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​224912 Liaison Officer​ Y​ Y​ Available​
​224611 ​Librarian ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​221112 ​Management Accountant Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​224711 Management Consultant​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​225112 Market Research Analyst​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​225113 Marketing Specialist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​224112 Mathematician​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​211212 Music Director​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​211299 Music Professionals nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​249214 ​Music Teacher (Private Tuition) ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​252213 ​Naturopath ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​212412 Newspaper or Periodical Editor​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​272313 Organisational Psychologist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​224914 Patents Examiner​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​234914 Physicist ^ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​224412 Policy Analyst Y​ Y​ ​Available
​132411 Policy and Planning Manager​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​212413 Print Journalist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​249299 Private Tutors and Teachers nec ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​212315 Program Director (Television or Radio)​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​272314 Psychotherapist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​131114 ​Public Relations Manager ​Y ​Y ​Available
224214 Records Manager ​Y Y​ Y​ Available​
​223112 Recruitment Consultant​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​251513 Retail Pharmacist​ Y​ Y​ Y​ ​Available
​272499 Social Professionals nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​261314 ​Software Tester Y​ Y​ ​Y ​Available
​241599 ​Special Education Teachers nec ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​212316 Stage Manager​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​222213 Stockbroking Dealer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​272115 Student Counsellor​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​262113 Systems Administrator​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​261112 Sys​tems Analyst ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​221113 Taxation Accountant​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​249311 ​Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​212317 Technical Director​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​225499 Technical Sales Representatives nec​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​212415 ​Technical Writer ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​212416 Television Journalist​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​252214 ​Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner ​Y ​Y ​Y ​Available
​224512 Valuer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​212318 Video Producer​ ​Y Y​ Y​ ​Available
​261212 ​Web Developer ​Y Y​ ​Y ​Available
​234213 Wine Maker​ Y​ Y​ Available


Australian Visa Group specialises in Skilled, Employer Sponsored and Family Migration.   We have offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.  Our visa specialist has over 17 years’ industry experience.   Please book an initial 45 min consultation to discuss your application.