Australia government has changed its current definition of regional Australia for migration purpose of pushing new migrants and international students into the regional areas. Since the last couple of years, the Australian government pushing migrants into regional areas to cope with infrastructural problems in major cities like Sydney, Melbourne. Australian government categorized Australian cities and towns into three groups and offering incentives for new migrants and international students for choosing regional areas.
As per the government’s new definition Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are ‘Major Cities’. International students and skilled workers would have to face cut-throat competition to get invitations and permanent residency visas to live in these cities. No incentives would be offered for those living, working and studying in these major cities.
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The third type of Australian cities and towns fall under ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’ by the new definition. These areas and international students, as well as skilled migrants, would have access to regional incentives more than second type cities and people. Access to 25,000 regional migration visas, priority processing, regional occupation list and extra post-study work year for international students graduating bachelor or higher degree from the regional education provider is the incentives available for these regions. International students who graduated and lived the first two years in this region would get another two years visa extension. Another attractive incentive these regions would get priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) which would give greater flexibility for employers, local authorities to hire people from overseas and international students and skilled workers would get better migration plan.
The definition would change on 16 November 2019 as announced.
|Postcodes for Regional Australia|
|State or Territory||Category||Postcodes|
|1||New South Wales||Cities and major regional centres||2259, 2264 to 2308, 2500 to 2526, 2528 to 2535 and 2574|
|2||New South Wales||Regional centres and other regional areas||2250 to 2258, 2260 to 2263, 2311 to 2490, 2527, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2753 to 2754, 2756 to 2758 and 2773 to 2898|
|3||Victoria||Cities and major regional centres||3211 to 3232, 3235, 3240, 3328, 3330 to 3333, 3340 and 3342|
|4||Victoria||Regional centres and other regional areas||3097 to 3099, 3139, 3233 to 3234, 3236 to 3239, 3241 to 3325, 3329, 3334, 3341, 3345 to 3424, 3430 to 3799, 3809 to 3909, 3912 to 3971 and 3978 to 3996|
|5||Queensland||Cities and major regional centres||4207 to 4275, 4517 to 4519, 4550 to 4551, 4553 to 4562, 4564 to 4569 and 4571 to 4575|
|6||Queensland||Regional centres and other regional areas||4124 to 4125, 4133, 4183 to 4184, 4280 to 4287, 4306 to 4498, 4507, 4552, 4563, 4570 and 4580 to 4895|
|7||Western Australia||Cities and major regional centres||6000 to 6038, 6050 to 6083, 6090 to 6182, 6208 to 6211, 6214 and 6556 to 6558|
|8||Western Australia||Regional centres and other regional areas||All postcodes in Western Australia not mentioned in item 7|
|9||South Australia||Cities and major regional centres||5000 to 5171, 5173 to 5174, 5231 to 5235, 5240 to 5252, 5351 and 5950 to 5960|
|10||South Australia||Regional centres and other regional areas||All postcodes in South Australia not mentioned in item 9|
|11||Tasmania||Cities and major regional centres||7000, 7004 to 7026, 7030 to 7109, 7140 to 7151 and 7170 to 7177|
|12||Tasmania||Regional centres and other regional areas||All postcodes in Tasmania not mentioned in item 11|
|13||Australian Capital Territory||Cities and major regional centres||All postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory|
|14||Australian Capital Territory||Regional centres and other regional areas||None|
|15||Northern Territory||Cities and major regional centres||None|
|16||Northern Territory||Regional centres and other regional areas||All postcodes in the Northern Territory|
|17||Norfolk Island||Cities and major regional centres||None|
|18||Norfolk Island||Regional centres and other regional areas||All postcodes in Norfolk Island|
|19||Other Territories||Cities and major regional centres||None|
|20||Other Territories||Regional centres and other regional areas||All postcodes in a Territory other than the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory or Norfolk Island|
Source: instrument by David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs.
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