Victorian Skilled Migration Program FY21/22 Opened – SC491 & SC190

Victoria’s Skilled Migration Program 2021-2022

As of 1 July 2021, Victoria’s Skilled Migration Program will open to new Registrations of Interest. Victoria has been allocated 3,500 Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) places and 500 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) places.

Main changes from 2020-2021 program:

  • Removal of minimum experience and hours worked requirement
  • An increase in number of target sectors
  • Applicants must have STEMM skills and a have  Skill Level 1 or 2 occupation
  • Applicants for subclass 491 nomination may also have a Skill Level 3 occupation using their STEMM skills

This year applicants will be chosen who are currently living and working in Victoria using their STEMM skills in a target sector. Applicants using their STEMM skills within a business precinct will be highly regarded also.

Target sectors include:


  • The Victorian health sector includes those who are providing medical services to Victorians as well as those involved in related education and research development.
  • Nursing: only applicants with specific specialisations will be nominated.

Medical Research

  • In addition to medical research conducted in universities and research institutes, Victoria’s medical research includes activities such as drug development, clinical trials, health product manufacturing, medical devices, and digital health.

Life Sciences

  • Composed mainly of the medical technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Companies involved in food processing, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals may also be deemed to be form a part of the life sciences sector.


  • The Victorian digital sector includes technology and innovation to drive economic growth, productivity, and competitiveness in Victoria.
  • Only applicants with cyber security skills are to be selected for the subclass 190 visa nomination.
  • Applicants without cyber security skills who are seeking the subclass 190 visa nomination may be selected if they are using their digital skills in another target sector.


  • Includes those working to develop food and growth and production as well as the modernisation of Victoria’s argi-food sector.
  • Applicants must be using their skills to innovate within this sector, which could include research and development or advanced manufacturing.

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Includes defence and aerospace industries.
  • Must use your STEMM skills to enhance innovation, including activities such as, research and development, design and supply chain management increasing global competitiveness through the use of technology.

New Energy, Emissions Reduction, and Circular Economy

  • Includes clean energy, renewables, bioenergy, carbon capture and energy storage industries.
  • Applicants must be using their STEMM skills to support efforts to reduce waste, cut pollution and protect the environment.   

Further information

If you would like any further information on the updates to the Victorian Skilled Migration Program for 2021-2022 or any Australian immigration matter, please contact our office.

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