NSW State sponsorship programme



NSW state government is set to reopen its state migration programme on 14 July 2014.

Its good news for all of you both in Australia and outside who would like to apply for state sponsorship to facilitate the state sponsored migration categories like the subclass 190.
The new programme brings in some significant changes to the way NSW will now administer its state sponsorship scheme.

Notable changes include:-

  • New applications will now be lodged electronically (..finally NSW updates to online system for applications, lagging behind other state governments such such as Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia who have had online application systems for some time).

  • There will be four (4) intakes per year for the programme.   The first intake will be 14 July.

  • The intakes are open for 4-6 weeks only.   The first intake on 14 July 2014 will close 11-25 August 2014.

  • A maximum of 1000 applications per intake is the limit.

On the NSW website, it states;

NSW runs the Skilled Nominated program in order to attract highly skilled people in a range of occupations to contribute to NSW future skills needs.”

So to be clear, by that statement, NSW is  only looking to sponsored a maximum of 4,000 of these “highly skilled people” each year.  

Moral of the story here, if you want to apply for NSW state sponsorship at some point during the 2014/2015 year, be prepared.

To prepare – get cracking on your skill assessment if you haven’t already done so, get your proficient or superior IELTS test results sorted.  Don’t even ask is the IELTS test necessary if you are from a native English speaking country.  Those days are gone, its the most competition migration system(s) I’ve seen at both a state government and federal government level.  You need to have all your ducks lined up so you can be one of those 1,000 applicants to be chosen so be in a position to lodge a NSW state sponsorship application at the beginning of each intake period.

The proposed intake periods are:-

  • 14 July 2014 (closes 11-25 August)

  • 14 October 2014 (closes 11-25 November)

  • 7 January 2015 (closes 16 February -2 March)

  • 1 April 2015 (closes 12-26 May)

Good luck y’all!