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NSW Announces Skilled Occupations List

The NSW Government has published its new list of NSW 190 Priority Occupations for the 2019-2020 financial year.

New Occupations

Approximately 74 new occupations have been added from a range of industries including the following:

Removed Occupations

Interestingly, there was a small number of occupations removed from the list.

In assessing which occupations do or don’t make the list, NSW rely on Commonwealth and State employment data as well as feedback received in the ongoing consultations with NSW industry and regions.

These are the cuts made:

Other Changes and Additional Requirements

The NSW Government have also announced a new system they will be using to show the availability of occupations for NSW nomination including the quote filled.

This appears to be similar to the SkillSelect invitation process published on the Department of Home Affairs’ website, however, this is still in its infancy stages and is too early to tell.

Other changes to the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List mean that some occupations will have additional criteria to be met before you can qualify. This includes the requirement to be living in NSW and have been working in your nominated occupation, in NSW, for a minimum of 12 months.

Occupations with additional requirements – 24 occupations

NSW 190 Process

The NSW 190 visa is an opportunity for Australian permanent residence under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program.

Once it has been determined you can meet the Department of Home Affairs’ criteria for a subclass 190 visa, you need to first submit an Expression of Interest to the NSW State Government and wait to be invited to apply for the subclass 190 visa.

Receiving this invitation is contingent on a number of factors and could be the longest stage of the GSM process that you experience.

There is a high demand to migrate to NSW. As before, NSW Government will continue to invite the highest ranking applicants who meet relevant criteria for their nominated occupation and visa stream.

This emphasises the fact that whilst NSW still want to attract highly skilled professionals, there are a large number of migrants competing for limited spaces.

In an effort to get the ‘best of the best’ NSW will consider issuing invitations to those at the top.

Recent Trends

In the 2018-2019 program year 28,850 places were allocated to the State/Territory 190 visa and the Regional Sponsored 489 visa.

With data not yet published for June 2019, the information available does show that only 15,771 invitations were issued (54% of the program year) and that the 2018-2019 program is unlikely to be filled for another consecutive year.

The Department of Home Affairs have published the details for 2019-2020 showing a slight reduction of 24,968 places in the State/Territory and Regional Sponsored program.

If trends of the previous few years are set to continue, we expect to see fewer invitations issued for the 190 and 489 visas than last year.

Whilst the NSW Government have advised they will keep us updated on the places available to the NSW 190 Priority Occupation List, this is yet to be seen and there are no key dates as to when the invitation rounds will occur.


The latest addition to the NSW 190 criteria will prevent certain overseas and interstate applicants from qualifying for this program. This support the ongoing messages by many of the State Governments in that they want to attract those who are genuinely interested in being part of their respective State, making both cultural and economic contributions.

Published Fri 19 July 2019.


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