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Western Australia’s 2022-23 Skilled Migration Program Update

Are you a skilled worker thinking of moving to Western Australia? Well, you’re in luck! Earlier this year, the Government of Western Australia made changes to its migration program, opening the door for more skilled migrants to settle long-term in the Golden State. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the Western Australia Skilled Migration Program 2022-23. 

New occupations added to the skill lists

Western Australia has increased occupations eligible for skilled migration by roughly 60 per cent for the 2022-23 period. 

New occupations have been added to both the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 1 (WASMOL Schedule 1) as well as the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 2 (WASMOL Schedule 2). In total, more than 100 occupations were added, including 46 in the health care sector, bringing the total to 276 occupations.

Some examples of the newly added jobs include:

  • Accommodation and Hospitality Managers (Schedule 2)
  • Enrolled Nurse (Schedule 1)
  • Hairdresser (Schedule 2)
  • Pharmacy Technician (Schedule 1)

For more information, consult the combined list of eligible occupations

Application fee waived and removal of sufficient funds requirement

From 1 July 2022, the WA Government is temporarily waiving the $200 application fee. Additionally, applicants who apply after this date will no longer need to provide proof of sufficient funds for WA State nomination. 

Lowered English language requirement

Under the Western Australia Skilled Migration Program 2022-23, the English language requirement has been reduced for applicants at the Manager and Professional occupation level. Applicants at this level will only need to demonstrate a “competent” proficiency in English.

The most recent WA invitation round was projected to take place during the third week of September 2022. 

Read more about WA State nomination, the process, and its requirements.