Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

This visa allows skilled workers to live and work in regional or low-population growth metropolitan areas of Australia for up to four years.

This visa might lead to the permanent Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).Invited Pathway:

  • been nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible relative
  • have an occupation that is on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.

Useful tips

When researching whether you are able to apply for a subclass 190 or 489 visa, ensure to carefully read the State Government guidelines, especially regarding the necessary requirement of having had, onshore or offshore work experience. Some states which allow for a nomination of an occupation, will only allow you to be nominated for a subclass 190 in that occupation, if you have onshore work experience.

There is a very good website that can assist with providing feedback as to whether your occupation on the STSOL or MLTSSL, which subclass you can apply for and most importantly, which state government has your occupation on their list.

This website can be viewed on this link:

Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)