Designated regional areas

Designated regional areas

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Designated regional areas

Designated regional are be defined as any area excluding Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Important change: Perth and Gold Coast are classified as regional areas.

The Department of Home Affairs have released the list of postcodes considered as regional areas for the purposes of the below Australian visas lodged on or after 16 November 2019 namely:

Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa
Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa
& employer sponsored visas:

Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa
Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage visa
The regional definition is comprised of 3 categories and offers regional incentives for skilled migrants who migrate to locations classified as Category 2 ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’ or Category 3 ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’

Category 2 – ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’ of Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong, and Hobart
Category 3 – ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas (Include Designated regional area postcodes as per below table)