Emigrate to Queensland

How To Emigrate To Queensland

Queensland is known to many as the "Sunshine Coast" and for years was the most popular destination for Australians going on their holidays.  Today it is open for business all year round with over 230 days of sunshine per year and a rapidly growing economy it can take a great deal of pride in its achievements in the past 10 years.

Their economy is also stretched along the golden coastline and the great barrier reef.  Many people who emigrate never quite come to terms with the beauty of the place and all it has to offer.

What is Queensland Immigration State Nomination?

State Migration Plans were introduced to allow individual states and territories to sponsor General Skilled Migration applicants under a broad range of occupations to fill skills shortages within their local labour markets. The State Migration Plans specify which occupations state and territory governments can nominate applications under and specify the number of visas that will be granted as part of these programs. The various visas available range from family visas,Skilled migrant visas to Investors and retirement visas. Whatever your reason for wanting to emigrate to Queensland there is a visa class available. Unfortunately,many have a limited quota and when places are filled they will stop accepting further migrants until they re-open the specific visa class again.

Emigrating to Queensland Australia

The Queensland Government in partnership with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP),may nominate successful skilled and business applicants wanting to establish themselves in Queensland. They must be convinced the applicant is going to bring the right qualities they are looking for to provide state sponsorship.

Benefits of Seeking Queensland State Visas

Nomination by the State of Queensland will provide:

  • priority processing of your visa with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)
  • an additional 5 points for a Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) towards the DIBP points test
  • an additional 10 points for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) towards the DIBP points test
  • the same work rights as an Australian citizen. You’ll be an independent migrant not tied to a single employer

Queensland offers a high standard of living and good working conditions including:

  • safe working conditions
  • high minimum wages
  • entitlements including public holidays and leave

Interesting facts about Queensland for Immigrants

  • With an area of 1,727,0 square kilometres,Queensland is the second largest state in Australia. While Western Australia is the largest,Queensland is nearly five times the size of Japan,seven times the size of Great Britain,and two and a half times the size of Texas.

  • Queensland has five of Australia's eleven World Natural Heritage areas. These include the Scenic Rim National Parks, Fraser Island, Riversleigh Fossil Fields, the Wet Tropics (including Daintree National Park), and one of the Wonders of the World—the Great Barrier Reef.

  • More than half of Queensland's population lives outside the greater metropolitan area of Brisbane—a large proportion compared with the rest of highly urbanised Australia.

  • About one-third of Queenslanders are migrants or the children of migrants. Most settlers in Queensland during the 19th century were from Britain and Europe. In recent years there has been an increasing number of new settlers from South-East Asia.

  • Queensland is home to more than 4 million people.

  • The average maximum and minimum temperatures for Brisbane are 25.3C and 15.7C. Variations in other centres include Stanthorpe 21.6C and 8.8C;Mount Isa 32.4C and 18.3C;and Cairns 31.8C and 22.7C.

  • The vast majority of Queensland receives an average of between eight and nine hours of sunshine every day.

  • The multi-award winning Tjapukai Dance Theatre in Kuranda,North Queensland,featured in the 1997 Guinness Book of Records as the entry for the longest-running show in Australia. The show ran from May 1987 to July 1996,with more than 7000 performances and 1.2 million visitors.

  • Queensland has more than 1000 species of native vertebrates,many of them unique to the region.

  • The first Labor government in the world took office in Queensland in 1899.

  • The international airline Qantas (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services) was established in Longreach,Queensland,in 1920.

  • 2008 was the 20th anniversary of World Expo 88—a landmark event in the history of Brisbane that launched an exciting period of growth and development.

  • There are over 200 national parks in Queensland,covering 6.5 million hectares.

  • Four Queenslanders have been Prime Minister of Australia:Andrew Fisher (three times:1908–1909,1910–1913 and 1914–1915);Arthur Fadden (1941);Francis Forde (1945);and Kevin Rudd (2007–2010).

  • Free education was implemented in Queensland in 1870.

  • The first Queensland railway opened in July 1865,from Ipswich to Grandchester.

  • XXXX beer is one of Queensland's well-known products and was established back in 1877.

  • On 18 May 1907, women voted for the first time in a Queensland state election.

  • Brisbane-born pioneer aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and his colleagues completed the first air crossing of the Pacific, from San Francisco to Brisbane, in 1928.

  • Australian poet Banjo Patterson's verse Waltzing Matilda was first sung publicly at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton,Queensland,on 6 April 1895.

  • Queensland has the only State Parliament in Australia with one House,the Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Council (Upper House) was abolished in 1922.

  • The Royal Flying Doctor Service started operating on 17 May 1928 when pilot Arthur Affleck flew the first flying doctor,Dr Kenyon St Vincent Welch,on the first official flight from Cloncurry to Julia Creek in response to an emergency call.

  • The Australian Labor Party was formed in Queensland in 1891 following the bitter defeat of the shearer's strikes of 1890–91.

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) believes in giving successful skilled migrants the opportunity to join our community and contribute to our growing economy and a great lifestyle. Queensland nominates skilled migrants in occupations that are in demand for both provisional visas and permanent residency, which allows you to live and work in Queensland.

Queensland has one of the fastest immigration processing systems in Australia and fully supports a wide range of visas that are driven at the Queensland state level.


subclass 489 Visas Available

subclass 190 Visas available

Aquaculture Farmer
Cotton Grower
Flower Grower
Fruit or Nut Grower
Grain, Oilseed and Pasture Grower
Grape Grower
Mixed Crop Farmer
Sugar Cane Grower
Turf Grower
Vegetable Grower
Crop Farmers nec
Beef Cattle Farmer
Dairy Cattle Farmer
Deer Farmer
Goat Farmer
Horse Breeder
Mixed Livestock Farmer
Pig Farmer
Poultry Farmer
Sheep Farmer
Livestock Farmer 
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
Child Care Centre Manager
Nursing Clinical Director
Ship’s Engineer
Transport Engineer
Environmental Engineer
Engineering Professional
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Research Scientist
an environmental auditor or soil scientist
Environmental Scientist
an environmental auditor or soil scientist
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Medical Physicists only
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School)
Primary School Teacher
Secondary School Teacher
Special Needs Teacher
Teaching of the Hearing Impaired
Vocational Education Teacher
Orthotist and Prosthetist
Occupational Therapist
Speech Pathologist
Intensive Care Specialist
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and
Minimum of five years experience post
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
Registered Nurse (Disability and
Minimum of five years experience post
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Minimum of five years experience post
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
Minimum of five years experience post
Registered Nurse (Surgical)
Minimum of five years experience post
Social Worker
Welfare Worker
Science Technicians
Construction Estimator
Maintenance Planner
Metallurgical or Materials Technicians
Non-destructive testing technicians
Mine Deputy
Building and Engineering Technicians
Workers with mineral assaying skills
Sheetmetal Trades Workers
Minimum of three years experience
post qualification
Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer
Graphic Pre-Press Trades Workers
Shade sail makers only
Boat Builder and Repairer
Gas or Petroleum Operator
Plastics Technician
Technicians and Trades Workers
Dental Hygienist
Dental Prosthetist
Dental Technician
Dental Therapist
Diving Instructor (Open Water)

More Facts About Queensland You Should Know Before You Emigrate

On June 6, 1859, Queen Victoria signed Letters Patent and granted approval to establish the new colony of Queensland, with a self-governing body with its own Governor, a nominated Legislative Council and an elected Legislative Assembly.


Take a look at the rich history and interesting facts held within the sunshine state's 1,727,0 square kilometres.

  1. Queensland's optical research scientist Stephen Newman invented the world's first multi-focal contact lens in 1992.
  2. The University of Queensland demonstrated the world's first supersonic combustion in an atmospheric flight test at Woomera on July 30, 2002. The craft reached speeds of more than Mach 8, or 8 times the speed of sound.
  3. Brisbane was originally going to be called Edinglassie, after Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Scottish theme survived, however, as Sir Thomas Brisbane was from Ayrshire.
  4. Lilian Violet Cooper became the first female doctor registered in Queensland. She was described as "a tall, angular, brusque, energetic woman, prone to bad language".
  5. The dingo fence, which stretches from the Great Australian Bight in South Australia to central Queensland, is the longest fence in the world. It is about twice as long as the Great Wall of China.
  6. Mystery Crater, 35 unusually shaped mystery craters, were found in a small suburb between Bundaberg and Gin Gin in 1971. Scientists date these Mystery Craters to be about 25 million years old and are made up of sandstone and ochre.
  7. Queensland is nearly five times the size of Japan, seven times the size of Great Britain and 2.5 times the size of Texas
  8. Queensland has five of Australia's eleven World Natural Heritage areas;the Scenic Rim National Parks,Fraser Island,Riversleigh Fossil Fields,the Wet Tropics (including Daintree National Park) and the Great Barrier Reef.
  9. Queensland is the only state to have issued its own banknotes. Australian currency did not exist at the time of Federation,with coinage minted by the British Government and notes issued by individual banks,except in Queensland where Treasury notes were issued into circulation by the State Government.
  10. Winton is home to some of the world's oldest dinosaur tracks.
  11. The Biggest sand island in the world is Fraser Island
  12. Qld Parliament was built without women's toilets. When the first female MP was in Parliament,she had to leave her shoes out the front of the door to let everyone know she was inside.
  13. Fraser Island is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing in sand dunes at elevations of more than 200 metres.
  14. More than half of Queensland's population lives outside the greater metropolitan area of Brisbane, a greater proportion than in the rest of Australia.
  15. About one-third of Queenslanders are migrants or the children of migrants.
  16. The Tjapukai Dance Theatre in Kuranda, North Queensland entered into the 1997 Guinness Book of Records for the longest-running show. It ran for nine years, with more than 7000 performances.
  17. The first Labor government in the world took office in Queensland in 1899
  18. Australia's iconic airline QANTAS,Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services,was established in Longreach,Queensland in 1920.
  19. Brisbane-born pioneer aviator Charles Kingsford-Smith and his colleagues completed the first air crossing of the Pacific from San Francisco to Brisbane in 1928.
  20. Queensland has the only State Parliament in Australia with one House,the Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Council (Upper House) was abolished in 1922.
  21. The Royal Flying Doctor Service started operating in 1928 when pilot Arthur Affleck flew Dr Kenyon St Vincent Welch from Cloncurry to Julia Creek in response to an emergency call.
  22. Vanilla was first recorded to be growing in Australia in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens in 1866. Vanilla was then cultivated at the Kamerunga State Nursery in Cairns.
  23. In the early 1900's, Stanthorpe was gazetted as The Health Resort of Queensland.
  24. The two animals found on the Queensland Coat of Arms are the Brolga (one of Queensland's largest native birds) and the red deer (introduced from England). Red deer are a declared pest in Queensland.
  25. Queensland's Sunshine State nickname comes from fact that the state receives an average of 261 days of sunshine per year.
  26. Queensland's XXXX beer was founded in 1877.
  27. Queensland has 200 separate national parks,more than any of the other states.
  28. The Gold Coast is home to the tallest residential building in Australia,the Q1,at 322m tall.
  29. Queensland's State Animal Emblem is the koala, proclaimed after a newspaper poll showed strong public support in 1971.
  30. Queensland's floral emblem is the Cooktown Orchid.
  31. Queensland's bird emblem is the Brolga, the only crane native to Australia.
  32. Bellenden Ker in north Queensland has the highest annual rainfall in Australia.
  33. Queensland has the biggest theme parks in Australia - Sea World, Movie World, Wet'n'Wild Water World and Dreamworld
  34. The Purple-neck Rock Wallaby [Petrogale Purpureicollis], inhabits the Mt Isa region in north-west Queensland. The Wallaby secretes a dye that transforms its face and neck into colours ranging from light pink to bright purple.
  35. Queensland is home to lungfish, a living fossil from the Triassic period 350 million years ago.
  36. People living in Queensland are sometimes called "Banana Benders" by residents of the other states, probably owing to the large banana plantations in the tropics.
  37. Queensland's state motto is Audax at Fidelis,which means "Bold but Faithful".
  38. The statue of Wally Lewis at the northern end of Suncorp Stadium is visited by Rugby League enthusiasts from around the world.
  39. The town of Winton is the birthplace of the bush ballad Waltzing Matilda,written by the poet Banjo Patterson.
  40. Queensland's Poultry and Bird Museum at Caboolture is believed to be the only poultry museum and memorial to pigeons in warfare in the southern hemisphere.
  41. The area called Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast used to be known as Elston.
  42. Mount Isa City covers an area of over 43 310 square kilometres, making it geographically the second largest city in Australia.
  43. Australia's "last" bushrangers were from Queensland and were called Patrick and James Kenniff.
  44. Queensland was the first state to abolish the death penalty and did so in 1922.
  45. Australian Rules Football was the dominant code in Queensland in the 1880s but was overtaken by Rugby to such an extent that the local competition folded in the 1890s.
Emigrate to Queensland
Emigrate to Queensland

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Description:A popular destination for people who are emigrating to Australia. In recent years the demand for the limited visas available has increased considerably as the economy has boomed unlike Western Australia,If you can secure a visa for Queensland there are very few places on earth that compete with the lifestyle available.

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