How to apply

Before applying, please ensure that you have first read our eligibility page and have lodged your expression of interest in the Department of Home Affairs Skillselect.

How to submit your Northern Territory nomination application

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted in the Northern Territory (NT) Government online application system.

Documents you must provide

All applications must provide the following documents:

Skills assessment

A clear colour copy of a positive skills assessment from the relevant skills assessing authority for your nominated occupation.

CV or resume

A detailed current curriculum vitae or resume.

  • Clear colour copies of your letters of completion that include:
    • the date the course started and ended
    • whether you did any distance learning
    • the date of course completion
    • the location of the campus where you studied
    • whether you studied full-time or part-time.
  • Academic transcripts.
  • Certificates of qualification.

Clear colour copies of your identity page of your passport and all dependent family members included in your application.

Australian visa

Evidence of your visa, if you are in Australia or have previously worked or studied in Australia.

English language test

Where required, verifiable evidence of your English proficiency - the NT Government accepts all English tests approved by Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs. If you have undertaken a PTE Academic test, please ensure that you provide in your application the score report code.

EOI points breakdown table

A copy of the points breakdown table generated from your SkillSelect account.

Copy of your expression of interest lodged on SkillSelect

This can be downloaded from your SkillSelect account.

Evidence of additional points claimed on EOI
  • If you are claiming points for your partner’s skills, a clear colour copy of your partner’s skills assessment and verifiable evidence of their competent English unless they are from an exempt country.
  • If you are claiming points for your partner’s English level, verifiable evidence of their English proficiency.
  • If your partner is an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident, a clear colour copy of your partner’s passport or their Australian citizenship certificate or their Australian permanent resident visa grant notice.
  • If you are claiming points for community language, a clear colour copy of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) accreditation.
  • If you are claiming points for the Professional Year, a clear colour copy of your completion certificate from a Australian institution.
Letter of commitment

A written letter about your commitment to the NT which needs to include:

  • your commitment to living and working in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation in the NT for at least three years from when the visa is granted
  • why you want to live in the NT
  • how the NT lifestyle would suit your way of life more than that of any other city in Australia, and
  • be no longer than two pages.

Onshore applicants (NT Graduates and NT Residents) must also provide

  • Bank statements for the 12 months immediately before your application that clearly shows your day-to-day spending in the NT as evidence you have been living in the NT.
  • Evidence of residency in the NT for you and your migrating dependants for the required period, for example, tenancy agreements, utility bills.
  • NT graduates - evidence of making genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment in your skilled occupation in the NT; must include copies or screenshots of job applications, membership in professional associations in the NT, contact with NT employers and other supporting evidence, such as positive feedback from industry contacts in the NT.
  • Other NT Residents: payslips for six months from a NT employer - this is not required for NT graduates.
  • Other NT Residents not employed in nominated or related occupation – submission on exceptional circumstances including statement from employer, employer’s attempts to recruit locally, and applicant’s efforts in applying for relevant jobs in the NT.

*Please also read additional requirements for onshore applicants.

If you are currently living outside Australia (overseas), you must also provide

  • Verifiable evidence of full-time employment in your nominated occupation for at least one year out of the last 10 years (for some occupations under the Priority Occupation Stream, additional years of experience is required).
  • If your occupation requires Australian registration or licence: evidence of registration/licence or statement explaining your eligibility to obtain registration/licence upon arriving in Australia.
  • Evidence of your financial capacity to move, settle and live in the NT, as listed below:
    Family compositionMinimum value of net assets
    Individual applicantAU$35 000
    Applicant and spouseAU$50 000
    Applicant and spouse plus one childAU$60 000
    Applicant and spouse plus two childrenAU$65 000
    • you must provide a summary sheet showing the values in Australian dollars
    • you must provide verifiable documented evidence that you have access to or ownership of the required amount of net assets
    • assets can include cash; residential and commercial property; and personal property such as gold, jewellery, vehicles, etc
    • you must provide recent evidence of the value, for example, independent valuations and purchase receipts
    • medical insurance policies, fixed deposits, public provident funds and government savings scheme investments can be used however the maturity dates must be within a reasonable period, or alternatively the funds must be able to be withdrawn early.
  • NT job offer stream: evidence of a full-time (at least 35 hours per week) employment offer in your nominated occupation in the NT, with a contract duration of at least 12 months. The offer of employment must include the name and contact details of your NT employer.
  • NT family stream: evidence of applying for relevant jobs in the NT or making contact with NT employers.
  • NT family stream: statutory declaration from eligible relative committing to provide settlement support. Download the statutory declaration template DOCX (18 kB).

    The declaration must attach:

    • the eligible relative’s identity document (e.g. Driver’s licence)
    • evidence of the eligible relative’s Australian citizenship, permanent residency or eligible visa (e.g. Australian passport, citizenship certificate or visa grant notice)
    • evidence that the eligible relative has been living in the NT for at least 12 months
    • evidence of the applicant’s relationship to the eligible relative (e.g. birth certificates, marriage certificates). A family tree may be provided in addition to official documentation to explain the relationship. If evidence cannot be provided, the reasoning must be explained in the relative’s statutory declaration.

Quality of documents

All documents submitted:

  • must be in English
  • documents in language other than English, must be accompanied by an official English language translation
  • must be in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word DOC / DOCX formats.

Page last updated 2 March 2023