The Australian government was emphasizing since the last couple of years on it, and finally released a new definition of regional Australia for migration purposes. To push migrants into the regional Australian hubs, the Australian government has changed its migration intake and system earlier this year. Being focused on sustainable development and population planning Australian government has introduced regional migration visas and incentives to new migrants to make the regional move win-win. The change encourages skilled migrants who want to remain in Australia permanently to live and work in Australian regional cities and towns.
In the post 16 November scenario, Perth and the Gold Coast will no longer be known as major cities. Those cities are expecting being regional would help them to attract skilled migrants and international students.
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The Australian government says this change is a crucial pillar for the population plan to ease significant pressure on city infrastructures. “These changes will boost the appeal for so many cities and regional centers that are looking to grow their population to support local services like schools and health care, while attracting new workers and students, meaning more jobs and more investment.” Announcing the government’s new definition of regional Australia for migration, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
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Statistics showed the majority of migrants have settled into major Australian cities in past years contributing pressures on city infrastructures such as parks, trains, buses, and housing. “Almost 70 percent of our population growth in recent years has been into Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, increasing the pressures being felt across our major cities,” Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said.
Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs Minister David Coleman focused on continuing support for State and Territory Governments and regional communities to achieve need of Australian cities and regions. Further added, “We will continue to review our regional migration settings to ensure they continue to support regional Australia.”
The government has also made arrangements of Regional Outreach Officers to support regional employers to make a proper understanding of skilled migration as well as streamline the visa processes.
This new definition would be into effect on 16 November 2019.