Program update for Tasmania! Commonwealth Government is trying to support state migration though support for critical roles in covid-19 recovery

A limited quota of places available until the Federal Budget is announced on 6 October 2020.
  • Effected visas – subclass 491, 190, 188 and 132 visa nomination places

Focus: all nominations must be justifiable in relation to their likely contribution to Australia’s economic recovery, and follow three priorities:

  • High quality subclass 188 and 132 (Business Innovation and Investment Program) nomination applications.
  • Applicants critical to supporting Tasmania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including individuals providing critical or specialist medical services, critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services, or delivering services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery.
  • Applicants currently in Australia who can demonstrate their capacity to meaningfully contribute to economic recovery.
All new and existing nomination applications will be considered according to these priorities, with those in critical roles being nominated first.
Existing applicants who are not in critical roles will be considered only after priority applications for critical roles have been processed.
If you have an application  already lodged before 1pm today for the 491/190, Migration Tasmania will contact you.
Applications lodged after 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 (Subclass 491 / Subclass 190)?
All new applications lodged after 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 must meet the minimum requirements of their chosen nomination category and demonstrate that the applicant is critical to supporting Tasmania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.
Applicants must provide a letter of support from their employer clearly explaining how their role is critical to providing medical services, the supply of essential goods and services, or delivering services in sectors critical to Tasmania’s economic recovery. If an applicant cannot show that their role is critical, it will not be supported for nomination.
This requirement will be reviewed after the Federal Budget in October when full details of the 2020-21 nomination allocations and requirements are announced by the Department of Home Affairs.
What are critical roles?
  • directly assisting in Tasmania’s COVID-19 response directly engaged by Tasmanian Government
  • providing critical or specialist medical services or delivering medical supplies potentially associated with COVID-19 response. This includes all general nursing and medical positions with the Tasmanian Health Service
  • directly involved in the supply of essential goods and services (medical technology, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, agricultural technology, food production, and the maritime industry) including highly skilled and specialised roles in:
  • infrastructure engineering and maintenance such as dams, large-/high-complexity bridges, irrigation schemes, transport logistics planning and maintenance
  • agriculture such as artificial insemination technicians, wool classers, livestock pregnancy scanners
  • the supply of essential goods and services which would be in jeopardy without the applicant.
*This does not include lower level positions such as retail workers, harvest labour, delivery drivers, or warehouse staff.
  • delivering services in sectors critical to economic recovery such as financial technology, large scale manufacturing, film and television production and emerging technology which:
  • must be high-value/highly-skilled/specialised roles
  • would normally include a significant and recognised contribution to export income, significant flow-on employment and economic benefits, high-value national/ international exposure.
*This will not generally include small scale, locally-oriented operations.
In addition, Tasmania will accept new applications from people employed in:
  • health and allied health occupations, including in private and not-for-profit sectors
  • senior support workers/enrolled nurses/registered nurses in aged, disability and community care (minimum diploma qualified).
The scope of these priority areas may change as the needs of Tasmania’s economy evolves.
Information from Further information about the interim program priorities and advice for applicants can be found here.