New Vocations added to the 2018 Regional Occupation List – Visa 489
Since March 2018, most of the focus has been on the changes made to the new TSS 482 employer sponsored program.
Finally, new positive changes have been made to the Regional Occupations List (ROL) for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visa. https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/489-
59 new vocations added to the regional skills list.
Some of these jobs were removed from all occupation lists in 2017.
The subclass 489 visa is a temporary visa valid for up to 4 years.
However, the good news is that this visa offers a pathway to the Skilled Regional subclass 887 visa, which is a permanent residence visa.
489 visa holders need to meet relevant conditions that include: –
- Live in a regional area of Australia for at least 2 years.
- Work a minimum of 35 hours per week in any occupation, in a regional area of Australia for a minimum of 12 months.
- You need a point score of 60 points which includes points awarded for State nomination. Where demand exceeds supply for some jobs a higher point score may be required to increase your chance of getting a government invitation for a visa application.
- When the nominated region agrees to sponsor an applicant the invitation to apply for a 489 visa is usually issued quickly.
Applying for the permanent residence 887 visa
Here are some requirements you need to fulfill before you can apply for a permanent residency visa.
- Maintain residence in a regional area of Australia for at least 2 years.
- Work a minimum of 35 hours, which can include casual jobs, per week in any occupation, in a regional area of Australia for at least 12 months.
- You do not need to pass a points test when transitioning from a 487 visa to a subclass 887 visa.
- No English language test is required.
- Unlike the age restriction of being under 45 years old that is required when applying for the 487 visa there is no age restriction for the 887 visas.
Where are the regional areas?
Not sure where in Australia the regional areas are? Below is a list from the Department of Home Affairs website.
- New South Wales – excludes Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong
- Queensland – excludes the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast
- Victoria – excludes Melbourne metropolitan area
- Western Australia – excludes Perth and surrounding area
- South Australia – the entire State
- Tasmania – the entire State
- Northern Territory – the entire State
Some of the new vocations added to the ROL- 2018
The addition of Policy Analyst seems to benefit those working in the areas of academic, research and policy who have previously found employer sponsorship difficult.
Below are some of the human resource specialist occupations that were left without a migration pathway.
- Human Resource Adviser
- Policy Analyst
- Procurement Manager
- Vocational Education Teacher
- Dental Hygienist
- Dental Technician
- Financial Institution Branch Manager
- Multimedia Designer
- Safety Inspector
- Pathology Collector
If you want to learn more about the 489 visa, then visit this Government website https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/489-
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Here is the list of the 59 jobs available:
- horse breeder
- public relations manager
- policy and planning manager
- project builder
- procurement manager
- medical administrator
- regional education manager
- sports administrator
- caravan park and camping ground manager
- post office manager
- amusement centre manager
- fitness centre manager
- sports centre manager
- cinema or theatre manager
- financial institution branch manager
- human resource adviser
- workplace relations adviser
- policy analyst
- liaison officer
- market research analyst
- aeroplane pilot
- flying instructor
- helicopter pilot
- ship’s master
- multimedia designer
- wine maker
- conservation officer
- exercise physiologist
- vocational education teacher
- environmental health officer
- intellectual property lawyer
- community arts worker
- agricultural technician
- operating theatre technician
- pathology collector
- construction estimator
- surveying or spatial science technician
- mechanical engineering draftsperson
- safety inspector
- maintenance planner
- building and engineering technicians
- vehicle painter
- floor finisher
- electrical linesworker
- nursery person
- gas or petroleum operator
- dental hygienist
- dental therapist
- emergency service worker
- driving instructor
- funeral workers (nec)
- flight attendant
- first aid trainer
- clinical coder
- property manager
- real estate representative