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Three key immigration initiatives announced

26 March 2019

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Three key immigration initiatives announced

New visas announced for regional Australia 

Last week the Federal Government announced new visas for regional Australia which will be available from November 2019. It will also revise the definition of Regional Australia to include all of Australia except for the metropolitan areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Perth. 

The new visas will be:

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

These visas are both provisional visas which may lead to the grant of a permanent visa if the holder satisfies certain conditions. A new permanent visa pathway – Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa will be available to holders of the above visas in November 2022.

We will provide more information about these visas as it becomes available. 

Expansion of Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs)

An additional three Designated Area Migration Agreements have been announced for the following regions:

  • Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia (Goldfields)
  • Regional South Australia
  • Adelaide City 

A Designated Area Migration Agreement is a formal agreement between the Australian Government and a specific regional area focussed on filling skills shortages in those specific areas which cannot be filled from the local labour market. 

Migration program planning levels 2019/2020

The Government last week announced the migration program planning levels for the 2019-2020 program year. The total places available will be capped at 160,000 which is a reduction of 30,000 from previous years.

Employer Sponsored30,000
Skilled Independent18,652
State / Territory Nominated24,968
Skilled Regionaln/a
Skilled Employer Sponsored (Provisional) new9,000
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) new14,000
Business Innovation and Investment6,862
Global Talent5,000
Distinguished Talent200
Skilled total108,682

Other Family562
Family total47,732

Special Eligibility236

Program total160,000

Author: Rebecca Macmillan

Rachel Drew, Partner 
T: +61 7 3135 0617 

Rebecca Macmillan, Registered Migration Agent
T: +61 7 4230 0412

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