victoria south australia subclass 188 open

Victoria and South Australia open for 188 nominations in July 2021. 

Following the announcement of the changes to the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) from 01 July 2021, several states are starting to open up applications for nomination for the BIIP Subclass 188 visa program.  


You can review all the updated legal requirements incorporating the 2021 changes to the subclass 188 visa program on our Business Visa page. 

The key changes can be found from our last article: 188 Business Visa Changes from July 2021 Onwards 


Despite how we know what the changes are made to the Subclass 188 visa program, many states and territories have not announced their nomination/invitation requirements yet. These can often have slight variations from the basic requirements for the visa as each State/Territory have its own set of selection criteria. For example, the financial requirements for NSW are generally higher than that of the Commonwealth requirements. 

So far, Victoria and South Australia have announced part of their nomination criteria for the Subclass 188 visa program. 


State or Territory Open or Closed Nomination Criteria
NSW Closed Not yet announced 
Victoria Open


  • Applicants must show that the proposed business activity will contribute to the Victorian economy through innovation and job creation.
  • Parallel exporting is also not permitted.
  • Demonstrate vocational English 
  • Either have a Masters of Business Administration qualification or a Bachelor qualification in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine, or have at least 3 years’ relevant business history in a target sector:
    • Health, medical research, and life science
    • Digital
    • Agri-food
    • Advanced manufacturing
    • New energy, emissions reduction and circular economy

Other streams, not yet announced. 

Western Australia  Closed  Not yet announced 
Northern Territory Closed  Not yet announced 


Will reopen late July 2021

Not yet announced 
Tasmania  Closed  Not yet announced
ACT  Closed  Not yet announced 


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