BSMQ State Nomination Program: The Business Program is now CLOSED

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BSMQ State Nomination Program

  • The Business Program is now CLOSED.
  • Business EOIs submitted up until 24 February 2021 will continue to be assessed.
  • The Skilled Program (Working in Queensland) 491 and 190 program is CLOSED.
  • Skilled EOI’s submitted from 1–7 February 2021 will continue to be assessed based on the below criteria.
  • Queensland 491-SBO (Small Business Owners) Pathway is OPEN.
  • Please note: amended requirements for 491-SBO commencing 1 April 2021.

Business Program

The BSMQ business program closed at 12am (midnight AEST) on 24 February 2021. EOI’s submitted on Skillselect before this time will picked-up and considered for nomination.

Applications already invited and under consideration will continue to be assessed.

BSMQ closed due to the significant backlog of applications currently in our pipeline.

BSMQ will advise in April whether we will open again for the 2020-21 program year.


Priority processing for:

  • 188 – Innovation Stream
  • 132 – Significant Business History Stream
  • 188 – Significant Investor Stream
  • 188 – Entrepreneur Stream

BSMQ will also prioritise businesses which create jobs, OR support COVID recovery industries, OR are located in a regional area. 



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