Australia launches Two New Skilled Provisional Visas to Encourage immigration to Regional Areas (WWICS: 25201911Ga1210)

Skilled immigrants who commit to live and work in a regional area in Australia, now have access to two new skilled provisional visas launched by Department of Home Affairs.

The introduction of these two visas will allow regional businesses/employers to fill vacant jobs faster and provide additional incentives for skilled immigrants and their families to work and settle in regional areas.

The two new skilled regional provisional visas are:

  • Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 491) – for people who are nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in regional Australia.
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 494) : – for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia.

The subclass 491 visa overruled the Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visa from 16 November 2019.

The introduction of these two new visas subclasses is accompanied by a new definition of regional Australia. Regional areas will include everywhere except the metropolitan areas of; Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, Wollongong, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth.

Once visa holders have lived, worked or studied in regional Australia for at least 3 years, and have met income requirements, they will be able to apply for Australia Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa, which will commence in November 2022.

With an aim to continue supporting regional Australia, the Government has allocated 25,000 regional places in the 2019/20 Migration Program.

Moreover, Regional Outreach Officers has also been deployed to the regions to promote skilled migration initiatives and provide dedicated support to regional employers.

Australian Immigration Minister David Coleman said these two new visas would help ease population pressures on Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and give regional communities access to foreign skilled workers.

He further said that regional visas will receive priority processing as well as have access to a wider range of jobs than those applying to immigrate to major cities. Goat farmers, pilots, archaeologists, homoeopaths, actors, nurses and carpenters are all among workers eligible to migrate to Australia through new regional visa pathways.


Overall introduction of these two visas will offer increased opportunities for skilled workers to settle in regional Australia.  Regional and state sponsorship is definitely going to be the most important thing for the next two years for skilled immigration to Australia. Therefore, it is an opportune time for skilled immigrants who consider relocating to regional Australia.

However, for this it is very important to make sure that you meet all the essentials requirements of the state or regional state sponsorship.

WWICS has over 26 years of experience helping people immigrate to countries all over the World. If you too wish to immigrate to Australia and want to get more information on new visas, contact one of our immigration experts today!!

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