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Regional areas for immigration to Australia

New Regional Postcodes released

The Department of Home Affairs has released the new regional postcodes! These new regional areas are set to commence on the 16th of November 2019. These new postcodes have expanded the regional areas of Australia to include any areas outside of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

This means new regional areas added to the list like Perth and the Gold Coast, will now be eligible for:

  • regional status for study points under skilled migration (extra 5 points for regional study)
  • the newly introduced 494 Regional Employer Sponsored visa
  • the newly introduced 491 Regional state, territory or eligible family member visa

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The new regional postcodes will apply for the new regional visas that are also set to commence in November.

Both of the new visas, provide a pathway to residency through a temporary 5-year visa that can lead to residency after working 3 years full time in the regional area.

494 Regional Employer-Sponsored Visa

The new employer-sponsored visa (subclass 494) will allow companies to sponsor international staff from a wider range of occupations for a new 5-year visa. Then, after working for the employer for 3 year full time, they will be eligible to transition to permanent residency.

491 Regional State or Family Sponsored Visa

The new state and territory or family-sponsored visa (subclass 491) will allow state and territory governments as well as eligible family members the ability to sponsor international skilled workers for a temporary five-year visa. Then, after working for 3 year full time, they will be eligible to transition to permanent residency.

See these articles for more information on the occupations available for employer sponsorship or how the new state, territory or family-sponsored visa will work.

See new regional 494 visa list.

See regional skilled 491 visa state or family-sponsored visa

Item

State or Territory

Category

Postcodes

1 New South Wales Cities and major regional centres 2259, 2264 to 2308, 2500 to 2526, 2528 to 2535 and 2574
2 New South Wales 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
3 Victoria Cities and major regional centres 3211 to 3232, 3235, 3240, 3328, 3330 to 3333, 3340 and 3342
4 Victoria 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
5 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
6 Queensland 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
7 WesternAustralia Cities and major regional centres 6000 to 6038, 6050 to 6083, 6090 to 6182, 6208 to 6211, 6214 and 6556 to 6558
8 WesternAustralia Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Western Australia not mentioned in item 7
9 South Australia Cities and major regional centres 5000 to 5171, 5173 to 5174, 5231 to 5235, 5240 to 5252, 5351 and 5950 to 5960
10 South Australia Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in South Australia not mentioned in item 9
11 Tasmania Cities and major regional centres 7000, 7004 to 7026, 7030 to 7109, 7140 to 7151 and 7170 to 7177
12 Tasmania Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Tasmania not mentioned in item 11
13 Australian Capital Territory Cities and major regional centres All postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory
14 Australian Capital Territory Regional centres and other regional areas None
15 Northern Territory Cities and major regional centres None
16 Northern Territory Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in the Northern Territory
17 Norfolk Island Cities and major regional centres None
18 Norfolk Island Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Norfolk Island
19 Other Territories Cities and major regional centres None
20 Other Territories Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in a Territory other than the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory or Norfolk Island