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Regional migration

​Occupations


Overview

Skilled visas require migrants to be working in an eligible skilled occupation. Skilled visas are those designed to grow the Australian economy by filling skills gaps or building productive capacity in the labour market.

Regional employers and skilled migrants applying for regional visas have access to more occupations than what is available to metropolitan areas.

There are three visa types that have additional eligible occupations for regional areas. These occupations are updated regularly by the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482)

Regional employers can nominate a skilled worker for a:

  • Short-term stream visa—using all occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List
  • Medium-term stream visa—using all occupations on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List and the Regional Occupation List
  • Labour agreement stream—for occupations negotiated under a labour agreement or a Designated Area Migration Agreement

For a full list of eligible occupations for this visa visit Skilled Occupation List.

For more information about how the occupation is defined visit the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations.

Access to permanent resident visas

If you use the Medium-term stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa, then after three years, you may be able to apply for, or sponsor a migrant on, the Temporary Resident Transition stream of the permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187).

If you use the Short-term stream, you can still access the permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa using the Direct Entry stream at any time.

If you use the Labour Agreement stream, you may be able to access the permanent Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186), if access to permanent residence was agreed in the labour agreement or Designated Area Migration Agreement.

If the skilled occupation is not eligible for the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482), you may still be able to access the permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) using the Direct Entry stream, because it has extra occupations.

Permanent employer sponsored visa eligibility by occupation type

Type of occupationAccess to sponsored permanent resident visas
Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)
Direct Entry and Temporary Resident TransitionDirect EntryTemporary Resident Transition
Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills ListYesYesYes
Regional Occupation ListNoYesYes
Short-term Skilled Occupation ListNoYesNo
Occupations under a labour agreement or designated area migration agreementYesNoNo
Remaining skilled occupations not eligible for a Temporary Skill Shortage visaNoYesNo

Regional Skilled (Provisional) (subclass 489)

This visa is for migrants that intend to live and work in regional Australia, without a sponsoring employer. It allows a stay in Australia for up to four years, and access to a permanent residence visa through the Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).

Migrants who are nominated by a state or territory government must work in an occupation listed on the:

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List or
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List or
  • Regional Occupation List

Migrants that are sponsored by a family member must work in an occupation listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List.

For a full list visit Skilled Occupation List.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)

This visa has two streams:

  • Temporary Resident Transition stream—for migrants who have held a Temporary Skill Shortage or Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa for three years
  • Direct Entry stream—for all other migrants

All skilled occupations are eligible for this visa, including occupations listed on:

For more information visit Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa.