Perth and Gold Coast Regional Australia Status
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Perth And Gold Coast Get Regional Australia Status

Earlier this week we posted how the city of Perth in Western Australias was looking to re-acquire its status as a regional area rather than a big city in an attempt to encourage skilled migrants to move there.

Announced today, from the 16th November 2019, both Perth and the Gold Coast in Queensland will be added to the list of locations migrants can move to on a regional visa as the Federal Government grapples with congestion in Australia’s three biggest cities.

Immigration Minister David Coleman denied it was a backflip, despite earlier this month insisting the cities would not be included in the program.

“We have had advocacy from governments from all sides of politics in relation to those two places and decided to include them in our program because close to 70 per cent of our total population growth is in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.”

In another tweak to the scheme, Mr Coleman said 2,000 extra skilled foreign workers would be required to settle in regional Australia.

Priority Processing For Regional Visa Applicants

While the migration cap of 160,000 places remains unchanged, there will now be 25,000 regional visas set aside for migrants who agree to work outside the major cities, up from 23,000.

Applicants for these visa places will receive priority processing and international university graduates who live in these locations will be eligible to apply for more time in Australia on a post-study work visa.

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Those that agree to spend a three-year stint in regional Australia will have their applications elevated to the top of the list.

They will also be eligible to apply for permanent residency.

Definition of Regional Australia to get an update

From the 16th November, the definition of regional Australia for migration purposes will change: Perth and the Gold Coast will no longer be classified as “major cities” to assist the areas to attract more skilled migrants and international students.

Australia Migration definitions from 16 November 2019

Definition Locations Regional incentives
Major Cities Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

– NA
Cities and major regional centres Perth

Adelaide

Gold Coast

Sunshine Coast Canberra Newcastle/Lake Macquarie

Wollongong/Illawarra Geelong

Hobart

– Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.

– Priority processing on regional visas.

– Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists.

– International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa.

Regional centres and other regional areas All other locations – Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.

– Priority processing on regional visas.

– Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists.

– International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional 2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa.

– Priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

Tempted?

Though I appreciate many of our readers may not have historically fancied a move to ‘Regional Australia’ due to the worry of living in the ‘middle of nowhere’, Perth and the Gold Coast new status will offer new migrants many of the attractions associated with living in a major Australian city.

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Might  Perth or the Gold Coast now be a target area for you?

Let us know in our comments below.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts!

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