This is a temporary visa has been designed for those applicants, whose skills, experience and abilities are well in demand in the regional territories or specific states of Australia. This visa allows you to live and work in Regional territories of Australia for up to 4 years. However, you must choose an occupation from the relevant occupation list and also need to get the sponsorship from that particular state or territory in Australia, which you have chosen to apply.
The Skilled-Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) is for skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in specified regional areas in Australia for four years. Applicants under this category must live for two years and work for at least one year in a Specified Region or designated area of Australia. This is a good option for those who do not score 65 points individually on Australian Immigration Points Test.
There are two pathways for this visa:
You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited and you are either:
You might be eligible to apply for this visa:
To become eligible to apply for this visa an applicant must:
This visa allows you and your family to:
The applicants have to satisfy the basic requirements to migrate under the skilled Independent visa.
|Skilled employment in the last 10 years – outside Australia||Points|
|Less than 3 years||0|
|Skilled employment in the last 10 years – in Australia||Points|
|Less than 1 year||0|
|A Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution or a Doctorate from another educational institution that is of a recognized standard.||20|
|A Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or a Bachelor qualification, from another educational institution that is of a recognized standard.||15|
|A diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia||10|
|An award or qualification recognized by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation.||10|
|Australian study requirement||Points|
|At least one degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that meets the Australian study requirement||5|
|Specialist education qualification||Points|
|A Masters degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least two academic years in a relevant field.||5|
|Accredited in a community language||5|
|Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area that meets the Australian study requirement||5|
|Partner skill qualifications||5|
|Professional year in Australia||5|
|Nomination or sponsorship||Points|
|Nomination by a state or territory government to live and work in a regional or low population-growth metropolitan area|
Sponsorship by an eligible relative to live and work in a designated area of Australia.
Applicant’s nominated occupation should be listed in the respective state list and he/she should meet all the eligibility criteria as set by the state. The applicant has to commit to live and work in this state for initial 2 years of stay in specified regional area of Australia.
You must have lived in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area for at least two years if you were nominated for subclass 489 by a regional government. These areas are listed by postcode and state on the table below.
|Australian Capital Territory||Entire Territory|
|New South Wales|
(Excluding Sydney Newcastle and Wollongong)
|2250 to 2251 – Central Coast
2256 to 2263 – Central Coast
2311 to 2312
2328 to 2411
2420 to 2490
2536 to 2551
2575 to 2594
2618 to 2739
2787 to 2898
|Norfolk Island||Entire Territory|
|Northern Territory||Entire Territory|
(Excluding the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast)
|4124 to 4125
4270 to 4272
4307 to 4499
4517 to 4519
4522 to 4899
|South Australia||Entire State|
(Excluding Melbourne metropolitan Area)
|3211 to 3334
3340 to 3424
3430 to 3649
3658 to 3749
3778 to 3781
3816 to 3909
3921 to 3925
3945 to 3974
3981 to 3996
|6041 to 6044|
6083 to 6084
6121 to 6126
6200 to 6799
The applicant should be sponsored by an eligible sponsor who is either an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.
The relation between the sponsor and the applicant can either be a brother, sister, parent, Non-dependent child, Aunt, Uncle, Nephew, Niece, First cousin, relative of the applicant’s spouse.
The sponsor should be living in a designated area of Australia before lodging the application and also need to prove that he/she will continue to live in the designated area till the decision is made regarding the application.
The sponsor will have to sign a sponsorship undertaking stating that he/she will provide required assistance to meet the applicant’s financial and social obligations for the period of 2 years to make the applicant’s living comfortable in Australia.
|State or Territory||Designated Areas|
|Aust Capital Territory||Anywhere|
|Queensland||Postcode areas 4019-4028, 4037-4050, 4079-4100, 4114, 4118, 4124-4150, 4158-4168, 4180-4899 |
(anywhere except Brisbane metropolitan area)
|New South Wales||Post areas 2311-2312, 2328-2333, 2336-2490, 2535-2551, 2575-2739, 2787-2899 |
((anywhere except Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong)