New Vocations Added To Regional Occupation List

New Vocations added to the 2018 Regional Occupation List – Visa 489

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Spectacular rural Australia


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.

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.
new occupations added

Beautiful regional Australia

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
  • Translator
  • 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

MARA – migrattion agents

If you find it all a bit complicated, get a FREE assessment by a recognised MARA agent.

I have no affiliation with this company whatsoever, but I do know a couple who work for Immigration Downunder and recommend you try them.

Here is the list of the 59 jobs available:

  1. horse breeder
  2. public relations manager
  3. policy and planning manager
  4. project builder
  5. procurement manager
  6. medical administrator
  7. regional education manager
  8. sports administrator
  9. caravan park and camping ground manager
  10. post office manager
  11. amusement centre manager
  12. fitness centre manager
  13. sports centre manager
  14. cinema or theatre manager
  15. financial institution branch manager
  16. human resource adviser
  17. workplace relations adviser
  18. policy analyst
  19. liaison officer
  20. market research analyst
  21. aeroplane pilot
  22. flying instructor
  23. helicopter pilot
  24. ship’s master
  25. multimedia designer
  26. wine maker
  27. conservation officer
  28. exercise physiologist
  29. vocational education teacher
  30. environmental health officer
  31. intellectual property lawyer
  32. translator
  33. community arts worker
  34. agricultural technician
  35. operating theatre technician
  36. pathology collector
  37. construction estimator
  38. surveying or spatial science technician
  39. mechanical engineering draftsperson
  40. safety inspector
  41. maintenance planner
  42. building and engineering technicians
  43. vehicle painter
  44. floor finisher
  45. electrical linesworker
  46. zookeeper
  47. nursery person
  48. gas or petroleum operator
  49. dental hygienist
  50. dental therapist
  51. emergency service worker
  52. driving instructor
  53. funeral workers (nec)
  54. flight attendant
  55. first aid trainer
  56. jockey
  57. clinical coder
  58. property manager
  59. real estate representative


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