State nomination guidelines

To be read in conjunction with the Department of Home Affairs information on State and Territory nominated visa requirements. The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for the assessment of all visa applications.

Eligible categories for Western Australian State nomination

Western Australian State nomination is available on all categories of provisional and permanent business visas including Business Innovation, Investor and Business Talent. State nomination is available in both metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia (WA).

The Business Migration Centre is responsible for approving nomination applications on behalf of the Government of Western Australia.

A fee is charged for all business nomination applications lodged with the Government of Western Australia. You must make your payment online prior to lodging your nomination application. Please ensure that you make a note of the reference number provided upon completion of payment and include it where indicated on your nomination application form.

Contribution to economy

New applicants must demonstrate how their Western Australian business or investment will contribute to the State's economy through:

  • transfer of new capital
  • generation of new employment
  • expansion of trade in Western Australian goods and/or services
  • development of export markets for Western Australian products or replacement of imports
  • introduction of new skills, expertise, technologies or innovations
  • investment in a regional area

Permanent visa applicants - Visa 888 and 892

Applicants seeking Western Australian State nomination for the State Nominated Business Owner 892 Visa or 888 Business Innovation and Investment – Business Innovation Stream must demonstrate at least two years of active trading in Western Australia, including evidence of sales. Business Activity Statements (BAS) must be provided as supporting documentation.

Provisional business visa holders seeking state nomination for an 892 or 888 visa must have implemented their original business or investment proposal, or an amended business or investment proposal approved by the Business Migration Centre.

Substantial economic benefit and exceptional economic benefit for 132 Business Talent visa applicants and applicants aged over 55

Applicants seeking Western Australian State nomination for the Business Talent 132 Visa must demonstrate that they will make a substantial economic contribution to Western Australia. Similarly, provisional visa applicants aged 55 years and over must demonstrate that their proposed business or investment activities will be of exceptional economic benefit to Western Australia (refer to nomination approval guidelines below).

In assessing a substantial or exceptional economic contribution, the Business Migration Centre will take into account the nature of the proposed business activity, the value of the capital investment and the extent to which it would impact on the Western Australian economy. Greater consideration will be given to applications that:

  • commit a significant amount of new capital investment
  • generate skilled employment or a large number of new jobs
  • develop export markets or replace imports
  • introduce new skills, expertise, technologies or innovations
  • locate the business activity in a regional area
  • have a significant flow-on effect to other sectors of the economy

It is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate to the Business Migration Centre that the proposed business activity will make a substantial economic contribution or is of exceptional economic benefit to Western Australia.

If you are required to demonstrate a substantial economic contribution or an exceptional economic benefit to Western Australia, it is suggested that you firstly contact the Business Migration Centre to discuss your proposed business or investment activity.

Nomination approval guidelines

All applicants for Western Australian State nomination are required to demonstrate they meet the state nomination requirements as well as the Department of Home Affairs criteria for the business visa they are applying for.

Western Australian State nomination guidelines are reviewed on a regular basis, and may be amended based on the current economic conditions.

Priority will be given to 132 Business Talent visa applicants. Applicants for 188 Business Innovation and Investment visas will be assessed on their economic contribution to the State rather than on their score in the points test.

General guidelines:

  • 132 Business Talent Visa:
    • Any qualifying business
      • value of net assets to be in business in WA: at least AUD$1 million
      • creation of at least one new job (full time equivalent) in WA
      • a residence is to be purchased in WA
    • Property development business:
      • value of net assets to be in business in WA: at least AUD$1.5 million
      • creation of at least two new jobs (full time equivalent) in WA
      • a residence is to be purchased in WA.
  • 188 Business Innovation and Investment: 
    • Business Innovation Stream
      • any qualifying business
      • value of net assets to be in WA: at least AUD$850 000 of which at least AUD$200 000 must be net business assets 
    • Business Investor Stream
      • value of net assests to be in WA: at least AUD$1 550 000 of which at least AUD$1 500 000 must be invested in WA Treasury Bonds

Over 55 - exceptional economic benefit

  • 132 Business Talent visa; 188 Business Innovation and 188 Investor visa
    • as a general rule, a commitment of around 50 per cent over and above the standard State nomination requirements is required.

Please note that the above information is a guide only and each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In some instances increased capital transfer may offset job creation and vice versa.

Conditions of State nomination

As part of the assessment process, the Business Migration Centre may require the applicant to attend a personal interview or to have the business or investment proposal reviewed by an independent source.

Upon arrival in Western Australia, State nominated business migrants are required to notify the Business Migration Centre of their residential and business address in Western Australia. In addition, State nominated business migrants must inform the Business Migration Centre of any changes to their residential and business addresses.

Please note: Western Australian State nomination is not transferable to other Australian States or Territories without the approval of the Business Migration Centre.

If a State nominated provisional visa holder seeks permanent visa nomination from an alternative State or Territory Government, you must first obtain a release from your original nominator. This release must be obtained prior to seeking State nomination for a permanent business visa.

If you are an existing provisional visa holder and wish to apply for release, you must first complete a State/Territory Nomination Form 1414 (Part C) and have it signed and stamped by your original State or Territory Government nominator. You may then apply for nomination for a permanent business visa from an alternative State or Territory Government.

Further information

Please contact the Western Australian Business Migration Centre for further information about business migration to Western Australia.