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New Regional Skilled Visas – Subclass 494 and 491

November 16, 2019 | Better Life Migration_Immigration BlogFAQStudent VisaUncategorizedUpdates

The new Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) commence on 16 November 2019. Highlights of the new visas:

  • The new regional visas will receive priority processing for complete applications.
  • Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.
  • Priority processing on regional visas. Applicants are advised to complete their police checks and health examinations before applying for the visa.
  • Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists.
  • International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional 2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa.
  • Priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).
  • A secondary holder of a new skilled regional visa can live, work and study in a different regional area to the primary visa holder so long as they are still in a designated regional area.
  • Regional visa holders will be eligible for Medicare.
  • BVA with full work rights will be automatically granted for applicants applying for the regional visas onshore.
  • State/territory governments will make a decision on whether children of regional visa holders who are in primary and high school with have to pay international school fees.
  • A designated regional area is assessed at the time of the points assessment for points tested visas.

Designated regional area postcodes

State or Territory Category Postcodes
New South Wales Cities and major regional centres 2259, 2264 to 2308, 2500 to 2526, 2528 to 2535 and 2574
Regional centres and other regional areas 2250 to 2258, 2260 to 2263, 2311 to 2490, 2527, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2753 to 2754, 2756 to 2758 and 2773 to 2898
Victoria Cities and major regional centres 3211 to 3232, 3235, 3240, 3328, 3330 to 3333, 3340 and 3342
Regional centres and other regional areas 3097 to 3099, 3139, 3233 to 3234, 3236 to 3239, 3241 to 3325, 3329, 3334, 3341, 3345 to 3424, 3430 to 3799, 3809 to 3909, 3912 to 3971 and 3978 to 3996
Queensland Cities and major regional centres 4207 to 4275, 4517 to 4519, 4550 to 4551, 4553 to 4562, 4564 to 4569 and 4571 to 4575
Regional centres and other regional areas 4124 to 4125, 4133, 4183 to 4184, 4280 to 4287, 4306 to 4498, 4507, 4552, 4563, 4570 and 4580 to 4895
Western Australia Cities and major regional centres 6000 to 6038, 6050 to 6083, 6090 to 6182, 6208 to 6211, 6214 and 6556 to 6558
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Western Australia not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category above
South Australia Cities and major regional centres 5000 to 5171, 5173 to 5174, 5231 to 5235, 5240 to 5252, 5351 and 5950 to 5960
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in South Australia not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category above
Tasmania Cities and major regional centres 7000, 7004 to 7026, 7030 to 7109, 7140 to 7151 and 7170 to 7177
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Tasmania not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category above
Australian Capital Territory Cities and major regional centres All postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory
Regional centres and other regional areas None
Northern Territory Cities and major regional centres None
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in the Northern Territory
Norfolk Island Cities and major regional centres None
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Norfolk Island
Other Territories Cities and major regional centres None
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in a Territory other than the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory or Norfolk Island

Regional Incentives based on the location

Definition Locations Regional Incentives
Major Cities Sydney Melbourne Brisbane No regional incentives
Cities and major regional centres Perth Adelaide Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Canberra Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Wollongong/Illawarra Geelong Hobart Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.Priority processing on regional visas.Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists.International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa.
Regional centres and other regional areas All other locations Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.Priority processing on regional visas.Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists.International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional 2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa.Priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

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