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The main role of the Victorian Government's Skilled and Business Migration Program is to help people migrate to Victoria through providing information and advice, and state visa nomination for eligible migrants. We also offer information to help skilled and business migrants settle in Australia and adapt to life in Victoria.

Arriving in Australia

Customs and quarantine

Australia has strict laws about what you are and are not allowed to bring into the country. Products that may bring in foreign pests and diseases are closely regulated. When you arrive, you will go through customs, where you must declare anything in your luggage that may be restricted. Your luggage will be checked, and officials may quarantine some items for a specified period. You may be asked to pay a charge to clean certain goods, especially if they are made from, or have been in contact with, animal, plant and wood products.

Bringing a pet

It is possible to bring your pet cat or dog into Australia, but it is a lengthy process. You must plan early if you want to bring your pet, and remember to check the regulations in your home country. Your pet may be placed in quarantine when you arrive, depending on which country you are coming from.

Further information

For more information on customs and quarantine, visit the following websites:

Post-arrival support services

Finding work in Victoria

The Skilled and Business Migration Program provides information but we do not provide a recruitment service and cannot help you directly to find a job in Australia. The Skilled Nominated (190) visa and the Skilled Regional (489) visa are independent visas, so you will need to find employment in Victoria yourself. For information on finding work in Victoria, view our Finding a Job section.

Occupation registration and licensing

Some occupations have special requirements such as registration or licensing with a government authority or membership of a professional or industry association. The Australian Skills Recognition Information website helps you to find out how you can have your overseas qualifications and skills recognised in Australia. It also includes state-specific licensing and registration requirements to practice your occupation in Australia. For more information, see the Occupations page.

Overseas Qualifications Unit

The Overseas Qualifications Unit (OQU) provides qualified professionals, who are permanently living in Victoria, with an assessment of their qualifications (awarded by overseas educational institutions) to assist them to undertake work in Victoria.

The OQU aim is to provide individuals with free, confidential and reliable information about their overseas qualifications to help them achieve their personal and career goals.

For more information about the types of qualifications that are assessed and the scope of services, see the Tailoring a Qualification Assessment to your Needs page. 

Relocation support services and networks

There are a number of relocation support services and networks available to help migrants settle in to life in Victoria.

Local government councils

Many local government councils around Victoria offer support services and information to newly arrived migrants. For more information, view the interactive map of Victoria or visit Local Government Victoria

Further information

The following websites provide information on other relocation support services:

Settling in to everyday life

For information on everyday life in Victoria, visit our Living in Victoria section

Read the personal stories of skilled and business migrants who have already settled in Victoria.

To find out how to stay in touch with relatives overseas, see the mail and phone services information under Facts about Victoria

The Department of Social Services also provides information about settling in Australia, as well as the Beginning a Life in in Australia book, available in English and translated into community languages commonly spoken by Australian migrants.

The information or services, and the views expressed that may appear on any linked websites are not necessarily endorsed by the Skilled and Business Migration Program and the Victorian Government. It is recommended that you make your own inquiries as to the appropriateness and suitability of the information on this site for your particular circumstances.

Mukul Hatwal's Story

Mukul Hatwal's Story

Manager, Planning and Development
Immigrated from India

"I like challenges so decided to find a place my wife would enjoy, that could benefit my career and give my son more certainty for his future..."

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