New Changes to Migration Program, what you should know !


Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced major changes to the Australian migration program to combat the high growth of urban congestion.  Mr Morrison has cited that ‘better targeting our intake will address skills shortages and benefit the economy as a whole. It will take pressure the off in those cities that are straining, while supporting the cities and towns that are keen to have stronger growth’.

New Changes

In an attempt to relieve population numbers in Sydney and Melbourne, the Australian Government has promised to triple the number of skilled workers migrating to regional Australia.  However, in doing so, it is estimated there will be a cut of approximately 30,000 places from permanent migration intake.

The Australian Government has created a new incentive for prospective students to study outside of the big capital cities by permitting them to work in Australia for a year after the completion of their course so long as they remain in their regional areas, a condition which currently is not allowed under the Student Visa regime.  Students will be allowed to work unlimited hours for a full year upon the completion of the course.

Another incentive for prospective students is the offering of 1000 scholarships per year to domestic and international students which will provide student with $15,000 to study in regional Australia.

New Visas

Two new visas will be introduced by the Government for skilled workers who are required to live and work in regional Australia for three years before being able to apply for permanent residency.  As an incentive, the Government will give priority processing to Skilled Employers Sponsored Regional and Skilled Work Regional visa holders and provide such visa holders access to a larger range of eligible jobs.

What is classified as regional Australia?

For visa purposes, regional areas are all of South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory.  As for the other states, regional areas are areas not within the metropolitan zone. For example, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth are not consider regional areas.  The Australian Capital Territory is not classified as part of regional Australia.

Migrating to South Australia

Have you considered migrating to South Australia?

Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, was listed in the top 10 of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s most liveable cities list for 2018, achieving a score of 96.6%.

The capital of South Australia, Adelaide, has a reputation of liveability based on its lifestyle, services and high standard of living.  Our competitive wages and work conditions make Adelaide an attractive place for skilled migrants to work and live.

How we can help?

At Bambrick Legal (conveniently located in Adelaide) we hold weekly Immichat sessions, by appointment only, for people who have questions regarding Immigration.  These sessions are available in our office but can also be organised by way of skype.  At our immichat sessions, we provide you with personalised guidance on your migration options including an estimate of costs.

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