Finding Work When Migrating to Tasmania, Australia

UPDATE: We have since published an additional post that talks about the best ways to find work in various industries in Tasmania. So after you have finished here, head over there!

When you are moving to Tasmania from outside Australia then you have a few extra things on your list of things to organise. One of the most important will be working out your visa requirements and if you will be allowed to work in Australia. If this is the case then you have the task of finding work either before you arrive or once you are here.

The Tasmanian Government migration unit has pulled together a lot of great useful information at This website provides details of migration agents who can assist you, many other resources and some success stories of people who have made the move.

Regarding gaining employment in Tasmania, the Tasmanian State Migration Plan includes an occupation list of those areas which are more highly sought after. If your occupation is on the list and you have strong interest or an offer from an employer then your chances of migration are greatly improved. You are encouraged to engage a migration consultant and seek appropriate advice regarding the processes for application for working visas.

View the Tasmanian State Migration Plan – Occupation List.

The Mercury newspaper in Hobart reported on the occupation list, as shown below.

Immigrant job list revealed

The State Government is targeting migrant workers from a diverse range of fields — from surgeons to stonemasons — to fill gaps in the local job market.

Dozens of overseas workers have been brought to Tasmania in the past eight months to fill jobs in hospitality, accounting, academia and health-related roles. About 160 jobs are listed on the Tasmanian State Migration Plan Occupations List covering all manner of industries, including construction, hospitality, health, engineering, viticulture and automotive.

At a time when the state’s unemployment remains the nation’s highest, at 7 per cent, the Tasmanian Council of Social Service has urged the unemployed, training providers and the State and Federal governments to use the list as an opportunity to link local workers to jobs.

“We need to be getting Commonwealth and state people linking people to those skills,” TasCOSS chief executive Tony Reidy said yesterday.

“There is the opportunity for Skills Tasmania to be involved in this process to ensure we are providing the right kind of courses and training to match up to those occupations where people are needed.”

Last week employers told the Mercury an unprecedented number of job seekers were applying for jobs with qualifications far exceeding the advertised positions. Some of these roles, including chefs and cooks, are on the State Government’s skills shortage list.

Since the start of the financial year, 56 workers have been given state sponsorship visas and 82 have been brought into the state under employer-sponsored visas — 24 of them hospitality jobs such as cooks, bakers, chefs and hospitality managers. A further 12 university lecturers or researchers came to the state under employer visas in addition to three accountants and four engineers.

Despite a number of construction jobs on the State Government’s wish list, the Master Builders Association executive director Michael Kerschbaum said there were plenty of local tradespeople looking for work. A recent Master Builders national survey showed Tasmanian employers were having no problems accessing labour for on-site trades and occupations. Mr Kerschbaum said he expected the oversupply of labour to reverse as a number of major projects in the South of the state came online in the next six months.

Health and Community Services Union secretary Tim Jacobson said many health professionals on the list could not be trained in Tasmania, leaving it up to interstate and overseas applicants to fill the roles.

“The State Government and the university has failed to fill the need for these professional groups,” he said.

“There are a number of other occupations that sit on the non-tertiary professions where we do train but where wages are very low and staff turnover is very high.”

He said other states offered better conditions and professional development opportunities.

“The Tasmanian lifestyle is not always sufficient enough to get people to move to the state.”

Unions Tasmania boss Kevin Harkins said he had no opposition to workers coming to Tasmania as long as it did not displace Tasmanians or limit their opportunities for employment.

“I would also not like to think employers would use it as a substitute for training local people,” he said.

United Voice branch secretary Helen Gibbons said overseas workers brought to the state to work in the hospitality industry did not always know their rights and had, at times, been exploited. About 13,000 Tasmanians were undertaking apprenticeships or traineeships last year.


If you are moving to Tasmania from outside Australia and would like assistance with finding your new home or any other aspects of your move, then please get in touch. Our relocation services will help you become more settled more quickly.

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  1. Alvin Halberg June 17, 2015 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    morning to you

    My Name is Alvin Halberg I am a Zimbabwean and I would like to migrate please is there any way that I can get in to live in Tasmania.

    WORK: I have loads of experience in advertising, Graphic designer and printing pre-press work.

    I also know a lot about Cars but do not have any trade papers as I am very passionate about them to:

    I have worked on VW Golf, Toyota, Mazda and many others as a service mechanic for about 5 years plus.

    Please if you can please help me I would be very great full to you.

    thank you and kind regards

    Alvin Halberg

    • Jo (Admin) June 18, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Hi Alvin,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Congratulations on your decision to move to Tasmania.

      In terms of migration, I am unable to provide advice as legally that can only be given by a migration agent.

      Please refer to this website – – which provides details on migrating to Tasmania. Have a look around and if you go to the forms and resources page there is information there about migration agents.

      If you later have everything in place to immigrate then the blog does have some information about finding work in Tasmania. See this page about finding work in Tasmania.

      I hope all that goes well.


  2. Rajesh suria March 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    I found your post while searching for some guidelines about state sponsorship from Tasmania, I had applied for Tasmania state sponsorship ( 489 ) and my occupation is listed in SQL. it would be great, if you could provide me any details regarding the success rate of Tasmania state sponsorship because I could not find any blogs related to that. i came to know about Tasmania from one of my relative residing in Hobart.

    Thanks & Regards
    Rajesh Suria

    • Jo (Admin) March 2, 2016 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Rajesh,

      I am sorry, but I don’t have the information you are after. I am not involved in migration to Australia or Tasmania and as I am not a migration agent I am not legally allowed to provide migration advice. It is not my areas of expertise.

      I recommend you get in touch with the staff at Migration Tasmania.

      All the best

  3. ajay October 17, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Dear Admin,

    I am Ajay and i from India .I am having enough points for Tasmania migration , but for Tasmania state sponsorship i have to get a Formal job offer, or letter of interest from an employer, for a any job that is based in Tasmania (for a minimum of 35 hours per week).It can be a waiter, hospitality all rounder,supervisor, manager .could you please help me and share your valuable idea .

    Thank you

    • Gi June 19, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Hey ajay, have you found that answer? I also would like to know more about that.

  4. Jo (Admin) June 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Hi Ajay and Gi,

    For help with migration into Australia and Tasmania, head to . This site will give you lots of information to get started.

    I am not a migration agent and am not allowed to provide advice on migration issues.


  5. Amanjeet Kaur Chahal June 28, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Jo,

    I got positive skill assessment under code 225113 Marketing Specialist, now i am looking for Job offer letter from Tasmania for related field. Can you please guide me how can i fulfill this condition.

    Your early reply will be highly appreciated.


    • Jo (Admin) June 30, 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Chahal,

      For help with migration into Australia and Tasmania, head to . This site will give you lots of information to get started.

      I am not a migration agent and am not allowed to provide advice on migration issues.


  6. OJT December 9, 2017 at 1:36 am - Reply

    I highly appreciate your responses and comments. Please what is the job prospect for an intending engineering graduate planning to migrate to tasmania? Thanks in aniticpation

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