The information on this page briefly describes the options available to encourage skilled migrants or temporary entrants to live and work in areas outside of Australia's major cities.
To assist regional Australia to gain increased benefits
from skilled and business migration the Australian Government has established a
network of Regional Outreach Officers as part of a 2004-05 Budget initiative.
For information about the Regional Outreach Officer network
Please note that Australian state and territory
governments are keen to encourage more skilled migrants to settle in many
regions of Australia and in some cases may even offer some forms of assistance.
Information about their involvement can be found on their websites.
Medical practitioners and nurses special arrangements
Employer and state/territory government sponsored migration
For Australian businesses needing to recruit skilled workers where an employer has been unable to fill their recruitment needs from the Australian labour market or through their own training efforts.
Also for skilled people who wish to come to Australia
under either an employer sponsorship arrangement or with sponsorship by a state
or territory government.
Temporary employer sponsored entry
For Australian businesses needing to recruit staff from
overseas for temporary entry for up to four years.
Highly skilled business owners, investors and senior executives options
Information for highly skilled or successful business
people wishing to migrate to regional Australia and develop new or existing
Information for skilled people wishing to permanently
migrate to Australia and who are able to nominate a close relative living in a
designated area of Australia to be their sponsor and provide financial support.
Previous study with an education provider in regional Australia
Overseas students applying for a general skilled migration visa can be awarded an additional five points for having lived and studied in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area for a period of at least 2 years.
For information about student visas:
For information about the general skilled migration
For further information about Australian state/territory specific regional opportunities -
See: Fact Sheet 26 - State/Territory Specific Migration