2 August 2021 9:01

‘Minimum experience and Hours worked requirement’ removed for Skilled Migration Program 2021-22, here are details

If you submitted a Registration of Interest (ROI) for the 2020-21 program, you must submit a new ROI for 2021-22.

Victoria’s Skilled Migration Program for 2021-22 will open to new Registrations of Interest (ROIs) on 7 July 2021.

The Department of Home Affairs has provided Victoria with 3,500 subclass-190 places and 500 subclass-491 places.

This year Victoria will be selecting candidates who are currently living and working in Victoria, using their STEMM skills in a target sector.

The major changes to the 2021-22 program are:

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

Victoria is seeking applicants working in designated target sectors with STEMM skills.

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Before applying for a Victorian skilled visa nomination, One must submit a Registration of Interest and be selected to apply.

If someone had submitted a Registration of Interest for the 2020-21 program, they must submit a new Registration of Interest for the 2021-22 program.

Selection to apply

To be considered for selection to apply for Victorian skilled visa nomination you must be:

  1. living in Victoria (subclass 491 applicants must live and work in regional Victoria)
  2. working in Victoria using STEMM skills, and
  3. working in a target sector.

What are Target sectors?

To be selected to apply for skilled visa nomination, one must be currently working in one of Victoria’s target sectors using STEMM skills.

If someone is seeking subclass 190 nomination and working in the digital sector, please note that Victoria is currently only selecting candidates working in cyber security.

However, if you are using digital skills in a different target sector (e.g. software developer working in health), you may also be selected.

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Applicants using their STEMM skills in a business precinct will be highly regarded. Examples of business precincts are:

STEMM skills with target sectors


The health sector in Victoria consists of professionals providing medical services to Victorians as well as those involved in related education and research and development.

You do not necessarily need to be working in a health occupation (e.g. Nurse) to be considered working in the health sector. For example, a software developer working on software for hospitals is considered to be working in the health sector.

Nursing applicants: please note that we only nominate applicants with specific specialisations. For further information, see Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) – supporting information or Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – supporting information.

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.

If you are using your STEMM skills to support medical research in Victoria, you are considered to be working in the medical research sector.

Life sciences

Victoria’s life sciences sector is composed of many industries such as the medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Companies involved in food processing, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals may also be considered to form part of the life sciences sector.

If you are using your STEMM skills to support Victoria’s life sciences sector, you are considered to be working in the life sciences sector. For example, a lecturer in biotechnology working in a university is considered to be working in life sciences.


The digital sector makes use of technology and innovation to drive economic growth, productivity and competitiveness in Victoria.

Currently we are only selecting applicants with cyber security skills to apply for subclass 190 visa nomination.  Applicants without cyber security skills who are seeking subclass 190 visa nomination may still be selected if they are using their digital skills in another target sector. For example, a software engineer working in medical research.

Applicants working in any segment of the digital sector will be considered for selection for subclass 491 visa nomination.


The agri-food sector in Victoria includes highly skilled people working to develop food growth and production as well as the modernisation of Victoria’s agri-food sector. To be considered for selection to apply for nomination, applicants must be using their STEMM skills to innovate within the sector, which could include research and development or advanced manufacturing.

Advanced manufacturing

Victoria’s advanced manufacturing sector includes industries such as defence and aerospace. To be considered to be working in advanced manufacturing, you must be using your STEMM skills to enhance innovation. This could include activities such as research and development, design, supply chain management increasing global competitiveness through the use of technology.

New energy, emissions reduction and circular economy

This sector includes industries such as clean energy, renewable, bioenergy, carbon capture and energy storage. Applicants could be using their STEMM skills to support efforts to reduce waste, cut pollution and protect the environment.

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Registration of Interest

To be considered for selection to apply for Victorian visa nomination, you must submit a Registration of Interest for Victorian Visa Nomination.

If you submitted a Registration of Interest (ROI) for the 2020-21 program, you must submit a new ROI for 2021-22.

Please note, you must have a valid and up to date Expression of Interest (EOI) submitted on the Department of Home Affairs’ SkillSelect website. It is a prerequisite for submitting a Registration of Interest.

Further information on requirements to be considered for selection to apply can be found on the subclass 190 and subclass 491 pages.