Victoria’s visa program ready to boost our workforce

Explore the opportunities available for services and early childhood teachers in the 2023–24 Skilled Migration Visa Nomination Program.

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As the kindergarten year starts for Victoria’s early childhood education and care services, a free visa nomination program boosting our early learning workforce is also taking ‘enrolments’.

This is big news for both services and early childhood teachers (ECTs), as the free 2023–24 Skilled Migration Visa Nomination Program offers pathways to living and teaching in Victoria, including possible permanent residency.

We’re encouraging both services and ECTs to investigate this opportunity:

  • services can promote the program to ECTs currently on temporary visas
  • eligible ECTs living in Victoria and overseas are encouraged to submit a registration of interest on the Live in Melbourne website.

Skilled visa nomination program

By enabling free visa nominations, the Victorian Government’s 2023–24 Skilled Migration Visa Nomination Program supports skilled migrants keen to live and work in Victoria.

ECTs are on the skilled occupation list and are eligible to apply for a skilled migration visa nomination. The visa nomination program applies to:

  • Skilled nominated visa (subclass 190) – a permanent visa that allows skilled migrants to reside and work anywhere within Victoria, including Melbourne
  • Skilled regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) – a 5-year provisional visa for living and working in regional Victoria, with a pathway to permanent residency.

Visa program benefits

Victoria’s visa nomination program offers cost-free opportunities right now, including:

  • adding 5 points to someone’s overall Australian visa application points test
  • no need for a job or employer sponsorship
  • unrestricted work rights in accordance with visa conditions
  • a pathway to permanent residency.

Find out more

For more information, including eligibility criteria, refer to the Live in Melbourne website.

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