State Migration Plans
The Plans will provide state and territory governments with flexibility within the Migration Program to address specific skill shortages and local labour market needs as each agreement will be tailored to the individual requirements of each jurisdiction.
Under Plans, state and territories are able to nominate only those applicants whose
nominated occupation is included on their respective Plan. States and territories will however have some limited capacity to nominate applicants where their occupation is not specified on their Plan. These provisions allow states further flexibility in providing nominations which may be valuable in meeting shortages in very specialised occupations.
The availability of this facility is entirely at the discretion of the state and territory government, and states and territories are not obliged to offer any nominations outside the occupations specified in their Plan. State and territories will include information on the eligible occupations included in their Plans on their respective web-sites.
State Nomination Process
Applicants who have not yet lodged a visa application and who want to obtain nomination from a state or territory government can determine whether they maybe eligible via the following states and territories in Australia.
Would be migrants can find the state and territory governments
Plans through the following websites.
Australian Capital Territory
See: Canberra Your Future
New South Wales
See: New South Wales State Migration Plan
See: Northern Territory State Migration Plan
See: Queensland State Migration Plan
See: State Nominated Occupation List
See: Tasmania State Migration Plan
See: Victoria State Migration Plan
See: Western Australia State Migration Plan
Most states provide settlement services for newly arrived migrants. These usually include a meet & greet service when you first arrive and a contact who can help you with local information. There is also the newcomers network which provides information for those who have just moved to Australia or are planning to do so. Their web page on renting or buying property is a good source of information on the topic.
All recent changes to the skilled migration program are listed on the Department of Immigration website here:
What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration