The Queensland Government welcomes successful business investors who wish to invest and live in Queensland, Australia.

Nominations for business migrants are available through Australia’s Business Innovation and Investment Program. In Queensland, this is administered by Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ).

In partnership with the Australian Department of Home Affairs, Queensland nominates business migrants seeking to make an investment that directly benefits Queensland’s economy.


Business and Skilled Migration Queensland can nominate applicants for the following visas:

Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa

This is a provisional visa that is a pathway to permanent residency. There are four streams to the provisional visa (subclass 188):

  • Innovation stream — for people who want to own and manage a new or existing business in Queensland
  • Investor stream — for people who make a designated investment in Queensland Treasury Corporation bonds. (QTC is the State of Queensland’s corporate treasury services provider. Queensland Bonds are guaranteed by the Queensland Government, both for the payment of interest and the repayment of principle on maturity.)
  • Significant Investor stream — for people who are willing to invest at least AUD$5 million into an SIV-compliant fund.
  • Entrepreneur stream — for people who have an innovative business ready to be commercialised.

(Permanent residency is available via the visa subclass 888.)

Business Talent (Permanent) (subclass 132) visa

The Business Talent visa is made up of two streams:

  • Significant Business History stream (Affluent owners or part-owners of a business who want to have a major management role in a new or existing business in Queensland are eligible for permanent residency.)
  • Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream

Investor Retirees (Temporary) (subclass 405) visa

Self-funded retirees aged over 55 years who wish to reside in Queensland during their retirement years are eligible to apply for this temporary four-year visa.

This visa is a temporary visa only. It can be renewed every four years but will not lead to permanent residency.


Queensland also nominates skilled migrants in occupations that are in demand for both provisional visas and permanent residency, which allow you to live and work in Queensland.

Skilled — nominated (subclass 190) visa

Queensland will consider permanent residency nominations for skilled workers and alumni of Queensland higher education institutions under this visa category.

Skilled — nominated or sponsored (provisional) (subclass 489) regional visa

This visa allows nominated skilled workers to work and live in regional Queensland for four years, and is a pathway to permanent residency.


Learn more about Queensland’s skilled and business migration, including eligibility requirements, by visiting the Business and Skilled Migration Queensland website.

Note: All visas are granted by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.