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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:

  • The Invited Pathway
  • The Extended Stay Pathway – you must hold a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.

Invited Pathway

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited and you are either:

  • Nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency, or
  • Sponsored by an eligible relative living in a Designated area of Australia.

Extended Stay Pathway

You might be eligible to apply for this visa:

  • You hold a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.
  • You would be granted an extension for 48 months from the date of your first provisional visa granted date.


To become eligible to apply for this visa an applicant must:

  • Have an experience in any of the occupation listed in the consolidated skilled occupation list of Australia.
  • Score at least 65 points based on his/her age, qualification, experience, English proficiency, other components if applicable (Click here to calculate your points)
  • Get a state/territory sponsorship.
  • Be under 45 years of age.
  • Obtain a positive skill assessment from the relevant assessing authority
  • Have required level of English Proficiency
  • Experience as required by state/territory requirement
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Meet the health and character requirements.
  • Live in sponsoring state or territory for 2 years once visa is granted


This visa allows you and your family to:

  • Live and work in Australia for up to four years
  • Travel in and outside Australia, till your visa is valid.
  • Study in a predefined region of Australia.
  • Apply for permanent residency if you meet the required conditions.


The applicants have to satisfy the basic requirements to migrate under the skilled Independent visa.

Age Points
18-24 years 25
25-32 years 30
33-39 years 25
40-44 years 15
English Points
Competent English 0
Proficient English 10
Superior English 20
Skilled employment in the last 10 years – outside Australia Points
Less than 3 years 0
3-4 years 5
5-7 years 10
8-10 years 15
Skilled employment in the last 10 years – in Australia Points
Less than 1 year 0
1-2 years 5
3-4 years 10
5-7 years 15
8-10 years 20
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 Australia10
An award or qualification recognized by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation.10
Australian study requirementPoints
At least one degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that meets the Australian study requirement5
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 language5
Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area that meets the Australian study requirement5
Partner skill qualifications5
Professional year in Australia5
Nomination or sponsorshipPoints
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.


AreaPostcodes inclusive
Australian Capital TerritoryEntire 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 IslandEntire Territory
Northern TerritoryEntire 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 AustraliaEntire State
TasmaniaEntire 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

Western Australia
(Excluding Perth and surrounding area)

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
Victoria Anywhere
South AustraliaAnywhere
Northern TerritoryAnywhere
Aust Capital TerritoryAnywhere
QueenslandPostcode areas 4019-4028, 4037-4050, 4079-4100, 4114, 4118, 4124-4150, 4158-4168, 4180-4899
(anywhere except Brisbane metropolitan area)
Western AustraliaAnywhere
New South WalesPost areas 2311-2312, 2328-2333, 2336-2490, 2535-2551, 2575-2739, 2787-2899
((anywhere except Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong)
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