Two regional provisional visas are set to be introduced in November 2019. Both visas will lead to permanent residency.
The first regional visa is the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa designed for foreign nationals who are sponsored by an employer in regional Australia.
The second visa is the Skilled Work (Provisional) visa for individuals who are nominated by State or territory or being sponsored by a family member to live and work in regional Australia.
The Skilled Employer Sponsored Visa will have around 700 occupations on the list whereas the Skilled Work Regional Visa will have around 500 eligible occupations. The lists have not been published.
Both visas require an applicant to live and work in a regional area for at least three years. This will in turn allow eligible applicants to transition to a permanent visa.