Emigrate to Queensland

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.

Interesting facts about Queensland

  • With an area of 1,727,000 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 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.

What is 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 this program.

Emigrating to Queensland

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 State Nomination

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

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


subclass 489
subclass 190
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 nec
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
Child Care Centre Manager
Nursing Clinical Director
Ship’s Engineer
Transport Engineer
Enivronmental Engineer
Engineering Professional
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Research Scientist
environmental auditor or soil scientist
Environmental Scientist nec
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 ne
Construction Estimator
Maintenance Planner
Metallurgical or Materials Technicians
Non destructive testing technicians
Mine Deputy
Building and Engineering Technicians ne
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)

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