State Nomination for 188 Business Visa

Queensland state nomination offers a range of business advantages including a stable economy, supportive government and a solid growth forecast. Queensland’s low operating costs, highly skilled workforce, strong and diverse industries, and strategic Asia-Pacific location create an attractive investment destination.

State nominated business and investment visa options

If you wish to migrate to Queensland on a business visa, you must first obtain a State nomination. State migration is managed by the Queensland Government unit Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ). State nominated visas allow you to run a business or invest in Queensland.

Victorian nomination eligibility
Applicants must be under 55 years of age.

Department of Home Affairs’ Points Test
Applicants must score at least 80 on the Department of Home Affairs’ points test in SkillSelect. This score must not include points awarded for State/ Territory nomination. This is a Victorian Government minimum requirement.

Business activity
Applicants must propose to engage in eligible business activity. An eligible business can be almost any commercial endeavour. However, some activities may be excluded unless otherwise agreed to in writing. Exclusions include:

small scale property development
small scale freight forwarding and warehousing
commodity and scrap metal export
passive investment.
Benefit to Victoria
Applicants must show how their eligible business will make a contribution to the Victorian economy and that they will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and overall strategic direction of the business.

Applicants must agree to employ at least 1 full time employee in their main business for a minimum of 12 months within the 24 months prior to lodging their nomination application for the Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888). The eligible employee must work at least 30 hours per week consecutively within the 12 month period.

Eligible employee must:

be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or holder of a valid New Zealand passport and;
not be a member of your family.

If you have a successful background in owning or managing a business or investments, and you would like to engage in business or investment activity in Western Australia, you may qualify for the Business Migration Program.

The majority of business people will first enter Western Australia on a four year Provisional Business Visa. After successfully managing a business or investment here, you may be eligible to apply for a Permanent Business Visa.

You may also want to check support offered for small;l businesses in Western Australia

The Business Migration Program aims to attract people with a demonstrated record of business or investment activity who want to operate and invest in a business in Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Government actively supports the establishment and relocation of businesses to the state. It recognises the significant contribution business and skilled migrants make to Tasmania’s economic growth and cultural diversity.

Tasmania has a diverse economy with a reputation for world-class food and beverage production and a booming and award winning tourism industry among a number of key industries.

Aquaculture and Agriculture
Minerals and mining industry
Forestry and timber
Antarctic and marine science
Information and communications technology
Creative industry

Business Innovation and Investor Program subclass 188/888 visa

If you are a successful business person and want to establish a business in Tasmania, manage a new or existing business, or invest in Tasmania, you can apply for a Business Innovation and Investor program visa, subclass 188. This is a two-stage visa program which provides a pathway to permanent residency on a subclass 888 visa.Business

Talent subclass 132 visa

Business Talent subclass 132 visa provides immediate permanent residency for high-calibre business owners. It is designed for successful business people who aim to have a major management role in establishing or developing a business in Tasmania, or for people who have obtained at least AUD$1 million in funding from an Australian venture capital firm to be used in a Tasmanian project. Applicants must be less than 55 years of age (unless approved by the Tasmanian Government if your proposed business will be of exceptional benefit to Tasmania).

Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) Government targets genuine, high calibre applicants who are willing to invest and do business in the NT. The prime factor considered for approval of NT nomination is the long-term benefit to the NT economy.
Nomination criteria will change from time to time to reflect the NT’s emerging needs.

Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) nomination is available on all categories of provisional and permanent Business Innovation and Investment visas including:

Business Innovation
Business Investor
Business Talent
Significant Investor.

The guidelines for Northern Territory nomination Significant Investor visa stream are covered in a separate page.
The Australian Government allocates a limited number of Business Innovation and Investment nominations to the NT.
There may be times when applicants are eligible for NT Government nomination, but are unable to be nominated.

First step of Business Innovation stream application is to lodge state nomination in a form of Expression of Interest (EOI). State nomination it is a business proposal needs to be drafted and submitted to the nominating State for review and decision on whether to accept. The assessment criteria varies in different States. The below table provides a non-exhaustive list of examples of divergence among the 3 most popular nominating States:

New South Wales

  • Requisite Value of Business Investment: AUD$500,000 (metro) AUD$300,000 (regional) Business investment must be in: Property Plant & equipment, Inventory, or Purchased goodwill.

  • Requisite Funds for Settlement Activity: N/A

  • Minimum Net Assets: AUD$1,300,000 (metro), AUD$800,000 (regional)

  • Excluded Business Types (exemptions apply): Unspecified

  • Minimum Points: 65


  • Requisite Value of Business Investment: AUD$200,000

  • Requisite Funds for Settlement Activity: N/A

  • Minimum Net Assets: AUD$800,000

  • Excluded Business Types (exemptions apply): Small retail business*; General importing business**; Property development.

  • Minimum Points: 65


  • Requisite Value of Business Investment: AUD$$400,000 For business activity, AUD$200,000 For settlement

  • Requisite Funds for Settlement Activity: $200,000

  • Minimum Net Assets: AUD$800,000

  • Excluded Business Types (exemptions apply): Small scale property development; Small scale freight forwarding and warehousing; Export of commodity or scrap metal; Passive investment

  • Minimum Points: 80

  • Other: At least 1 full time employee for minimum 12 months All exported goods 100% manufactured in Victoria.

*Entry level small retail business, such as convenience stores, cafes, restaurants are only accepted if your proposed business is established in regional Queensland.

**The State or Territory government agency that nominates you must not withdraw their nomination after you apply, or we will be unable to grant you a visa.

***General importing business will not be accepted unless the imported products are highly innovative, advanced in technology, or currently unavailable in Queensland. Value-adding service should be provided to the imported products such as customised design, product assembly installation, testing, repair, maintenance and so on.