Regional Sponsored Skilled Visa (Subclass 489) – Temporary

Regional Sponsored Skilled Visa

This visa is designed to encourage migrants to live and work in regional areas of Australia where there are large skills shortages.

There are three pathways for this visa:

-Extended Stay pathway (for applicants that have held a provisional visa in subclass 496, 495, 487 or 475.)

-Invited pathway ( requires you to submit an Expression of Interest and obtain an invitation to apply for the visa. We will explain the application process for both pathways)

Subsequent entry pathway ( is for applicants who are a  member of family unit of someone who already holds a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) or a subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visa).

 

 

Who is eligible for a subclass 489 visa?

You may be eligible if :

-you hold a subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visa (Extended Stay pathway)

-be nominated by a state or territory government agency or be sponsored by an eligible relative (Invited pathway)

-have a relevant occupation

have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation

-meet the points test pass mark of 65 points

-be under 45 years of age at time of invitation

-have Competent English.

-be invited to apply (Invited pathway)

-have sponsorship from an eligible relative living in a designated region of Australia or from a State or Territory Government.

Where can i apply for this visa ? 

You can be in or outside Australia to apply for this visa.

What are the benefits in holding a subclass 489 visa? 

  • stay in Australia for up to 4 years
  • live, work and study in a specified region of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.
  • apply for permanent residence, if eligible, through the Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887).

Who must  lodge an Expression of Interest for a subclass 489 visa?

If you want to be nominated by an Australian state or territory.

If you will be sponsored by a relative.

If your current Australian visa is about to expire.

Which areas are considered regional for subclass 489 visa?

The below postcodes are accepted as regional and low population growth metropolitan areas:

State Areas Postcode
New South Wales Everywhere except Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong 2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2411, 2420 to 2490, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2594, 2618 to 2739, 2787 to 2898
Northern Territory Everywhere in the territory All postcodes
Queensland Everywhere except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast 4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4515, 4517 to 4519, 4522 to 4899
South Australia Everywhere in the state All postcodes
Tasmania Everywhere in the state All postcodes
Victoria Everywhere except the Melbourne metropolitan area 3211 to 3334, 3340 to 3424, 3430 to 3649, 3658 to 3749, 3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764, 3778 to 3781, 3783, 3797, 3799, 3810 to 3909, 3921 to 3925, 3945 to 3974, 3979, 3981 to 3996
Western Australia Everywhere except Perth and surrounding areas 6041 to 6044, 6083 to 6084, 6121 to 6126,6200 to 6799

 

If you wish to be sponsored by your “relative”, you must live in a designated are in Australia!

Designated areas of Australia

State Regional areas Postcode
Australian Capital Territory Everywhere in the territory All postcodes
New South Wales Everywhere except Sydney, Newcastle, and Wollongong 2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2333, 2336 to 2490, 2535 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2787 to 2898
Northern Territory Everywhere in the territory All postcodes
Queensland Everywhere except the greater Brisbane area 4019 to 4028, 4037 to 4050, 4079 to 4100, 4114, 4118, 4124 to 4150, 4158 to 4168, 4180 to 4899
South Australia Everywhere in the state All postcodes
Tasmania Everywhere in the state All postcodes
Victoria Everywhere in the state All postcodes
Western Australia Everywhere in the state All postcodes

YOUR VISA ELIGIBILITY

Do I qualify for a visa?

We can  help you determine your eligibility for a visa. Please complete our online assessment and we will provide information on the steps, fees and process.

Visa Enquiry Form